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Beat Santa at his own game

By Janet Reusch · Bankrate.com
Monday, November 18, 2013
Posted: 10 am ET

The holidays should be a merry time filled with tacky Christmas sweaters, shimmering LED light displays and spiked eggnog.

But the Scrooge in you may be wondering, “How much is all this holiday cheer gonna cost me?”

According to RetailMeNot, 25 percent of Americans are worried about the cost of the holiday season.

We've rounded up some analysts from the retail and financial industries to arm you with information, so you can be relieved from your seasonal sticker shock.

This holiday hangout covers everything from gift cards to savvy holiday spending -- so you can host a happy gathering without blowing your budget.

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