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Avoid That Post-Holiday Debt

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When it comes to holiday shopping, retailers are ready, but how about you?  You may not be feeling the holiday spirit yet, but in many stores, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The experts at credit.com and Consumer Reports have some advice to prevent that post-holiday debt:

  • Decide how much you want to spend for the holiday season overall, and then create budgets for those you want to spend on.
  • Shop early when you likely to get the best selection.  Many retailers will be ordering less inventory so they don't get stuck with leftovers.
  • Be sure to comparison shop at outlets and warehouse clubs.  They're usually a great source of bargains.

But don't get too overwhelmed by great bargains. Never forget that there's a consequence.  It's the 30 day hangover that shows up in January.  Just make sure that before you spend it, you can afford it.

Click here for more tips on how to avoid post-holiday debt.

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