And you thought playing Santa to little kids was pocket-draining enough! Gifting gets to be even more of a financial challenge when your kids hit the teen years: Not only do they know exactly what they want, you know what they want isn't exactly cheap. Like my grandmother used to say, "Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems." (Except obviously you have to switch "presents" for "problems.")
So how can we make the holidays happy for teens without dipping into their college funds? Clip coupons, of course. No, not the "buy one, get one free" kind. I'm talking about personalized tickets teens can cash in for services, privileges, or any of the other things she's always nagging you for that aren't actually "things" at all.
Of course, you know best what your kid really wants this year, but here are a few ideas to get you started.