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It’s the middle of November, and before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving, and then it will be Christmas. If you’re thinking ahead to the Christmas season, you’ve probably thought about all of the gifts you’d like to get for your loved ones. Unfortunately, as generous as we’d love to be, playing Santa can really take a toll on your wallet. So, how can you share gifts with your loved ones without spending too much?

When preparing for Christmas, it’s always best to come up with a plan. Make a list of all the people you’d like to buy gifts for, and then take some time to think about what you’d like to get them. Once you’ve got your list ready, you can shop around to find the best deals. Preparing ahead of time helps you to stick to a budget and to find the best deals; it also helps to cut down on those impulse buys you might be tempted to waste your money on.

Shopping online is another way to save. Not only does this help you to avoid all of the temptations lurking around the corners at the mall, you can also save money by easily comparing prices on various websites. Many online stores offer great deals on Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving. An added bonus about shopping online is that you get to beat the crowds and long lines!

If you do head out to shop this holiday season, allocate an amount of money that you’ve budgeted for. Get this exact amount of cash out of the bank and bring only that with you to shop. Don’t bring your credit or debit cards in order to avoid the temptation to spend more than you budgeted for.

For more tips on how to save this holiday season, visit cbsnews.com.

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