While everyone is waiting for the Federal Government to work its way out of the shutdown and getting its financial house in order, we felt it was a good time to look at ways to improve our own financial houses.   Saving money to spend on holiday shopping is one way to prevent a big credit card bill in January.  As always, the question is what can you do to save money?  Kiplinger has a great article outlining seven great ways to save $1,000 in just two months!