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Spending Season

Know your budget before you shop

(HealthDayNews) -- As you get ready for holiday shopping, the New York State Healthy Schools program offers these tips to help you stay within your budget:

  • Plan for costs besides gifts, such as decorations, food and travel.
  • Make a list of everyone you want to shop for and estimate how much you want to spend on each person.
  • Pay with cash. This helps you stay within your limits.
  • If money is tight, you can give people the gift of your time. Offer to shovel someone's snow, run an errand, prepare a meal or help out with housework.
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