Meet the Winners of our “Holiday Spending Hangover” Budget Help Contest!


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Mint's Holiday Spending Hangover Budget Help Contest!

It’s safe to assume that Daryl and Mary thought it was an April’s Fool joke when they first got our email saying they’d won our Holiday Spending Hangover budget help contest – but they believe it now! Please join us in congratulating our two Grand Prize winners:

  • The Best Story prize went to “All you Need is Love…and a lot of Money” written by Mary B. of Somerville, Massachusetts. Hers is an epic tale including marriage, babies, moving, and a journey across America’s highways. We can’t wait for the movie.
  • Daryl B. of San Francisco has won Best Video with his entry entitled “Daddy Need New Shoes” a lively tale of his whole family’s efforts to make the holidays bright for the kids, even though times are tough.

Check out these and many other creative entries at

We launched the “Holiday Spending Hangover” contest in January to help people share their debt-ache stories and get some encouragement to get on top of their finances in 2008 (read more here). Thousands of site visitors voted to determine the top ten stories and the top ten videos. Those entries were then judged by a panel of experts including J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly and Andy Williams of InCharge® Debt Solutions on their originality, creativity, humor and relevance to the contest theme to determine the two Grand Prize winners. Daryl and Mary each received more than $3,500 in cash, and will receive free credit counseling provided by InCharge® Debt Solutions, Inc., a leading U.S. credit counseling organization. thanks all of you who submitted and voted on a great collection of stories and videos. We encourage everyone interested in better managing their expenses to visit us at it’s the fresh, free, and easy way to manage and save money online!

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