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13 Ways to Waste Money During the Holidays


The holidays can put a big dent in anyone's bank account. In fact, consumers celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanzaa are expected to spend an average of about $806 this year on gifts, decorations, food and other supplies according to the National Retail Federation. That's up slightly from last year.

Even if you were smart enough to set aside extra money to spread some holiday joy, you can easily bust your budget if you use the holidays as an excuse to abandon good financial habits. Here are 13 holiday money wasters to avoid:

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