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In-the-Black Tip: Compare Prices Before You Shop


This week we are revving up for the darkness, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween with reminders on how we can stay in-the-black — the holidays are just around the corner, after all.

In-the-black-tip: The best way to stay on track when there are a lot of items on your shopping list is to create a spending plan, and once you know your budget for each item or person, make your money go further by comparison shopping. Some people prefer to do holiday shopping away from their computers because it gets them in the holiday spirit, but I recommend at least doing some preparation online. Comparison shopping beforehand will ensure that you're not paying more than necessary and you'll know exactly which stores to hit when you go on your shopping mission. Less browsing means less opportunity for temptation driven impulse buys that aren't on your list.

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