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Don't let the holidays catch you by surprise. Plan now for gifts and goodies and avoid being snowed in by bills.


It's not too late save for the holidays

If you're like the millions caught with an empty wallet year after year when the gift-giving season shows up in mid-December, it's not too late to turn things around. Make plans to do things differently in the coming year.

Inevitably, good intentions fade and we all find ourselves bellying up to the checkout counter on Dec. 24, credit cards clutched in one sweaty hand and the better-than-nothing gifts in the other.

As the fourth quarter gears up, start planning now for the predictable expenses. Start a savings account and find ways to siphon money into it from your regular budget so that this year, when the Christmas tree in the mall goes up the day after Thanksgiving, you're there with a fistful of cash and a shopping list that's already halfway completed.

And, if your savings need a boost, try raising some extra funds by selling some of your unwanted items through eBay or a garage sale.

Save now for holiday spending
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  As quaint an idea as even Norman Rockwell could have conjured, Christmas club accounts are a convenient way to hide money until the holidays.
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Where to sell your junk for cash
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Holiday spending calculator
  Prevent overspending by figuring out your holiday budget ahead of time.
-- Posted: Sept. 10, 2007
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