How not to go broke while doing holiday shopping

Stick to these tips and you will be able to focus more on the spirit of the holiday instead of the cost of it.

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The holiday season means entertaining guests, decorating and, of course, gift buying. Stores definitely play their part offering deals and discounts to attract everyone to their stores, all to get you to spend more money than you intend to.

Just in time, here are a few tips so you can save more money than you spend this holiday season:

Leave the plastic at home

Budget

Shop around

Use coupons and discounts

Travel Smart

Decide before you leave the house what you will buy

Find free Christmas activities

Try discount stores

Try layaway

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Jennifer Streaks is a financial journalist and author. Learn more at her website www.JenniferStreaks.com and follow her on Twitter @JStreaks.

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