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How to Save Money on Holiday Shopping

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I'm much better at shopping for other people than I am at shopping for myself. While I might think, "Do you really need another teal sweater?" while looking in the fitting room mirror, I'll pull the trigger on a pricey coffee table book that would be perfect for my college roommate real quick.

That's why the holiday season can be a little bit dangerous for me — or at least for my bank account. I really don't need any more encouragement to buy my friends and family gifts, so all those holiday-specific targeted ads in December make me go a little overboard. To counteract my tendency to overspend, I've come up with a few money-saving tips to help me make it into the new year relatively unscathed.