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With Thanksgiving upon us and the December holidays right around the corner, it's finally time to talk holiday shopping. And what better way to nurse a pumpkin pie hangover than to move on to the next holiday activity, am I right?
While December is a glittery, enchanting and peppermint mocha-filled time of year, it can also be stressful on our wallets. Because let's be honest, a holiday that revolves around "giving" also implies "spending." And while Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales offer toys and clothes and gadgets at low prices, it's so easy to go over budget. In fact, according to a National Retail Federation survey, consumers will spend an average of $1,007.24 this holiday season. What they don't tell you is that many will also emerge on January 1 in a pile of debt.
Now I'll get to the point. What can YOU really afford to spend this season? And how do you avoid spending too much? Consider this your one-stop guide to all things holiday shopping. Learn how to create a holiday budget and discover secret tricks to getting the best deals of the season. Happy (responsible) shopping!