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Countdown to Christmas


It feels like every Christmas season, businesses are competing for your hard-earned cash in new ways. The festive marketing is everywhere trying to get you to spend a little extra.

And if you’re getting out of debt or building up your savings, the phrase extra money probably isn’t even in your vocabulary. But stores will do everything they can to convince you to toss a couple of added items into your cart this season.

Steer clear of these Christmas extras they say you can’t live without!

Extra! Extra! You Don’t Need These Things

1. Extended Warranties

You’ll hear the pitch for the extended warranty as soon as you reach the register. So, we want you to practice saying this: No. It’s a complete sentence. Now wasn’t that easy?

You should decline the extended warranty simply because it’s not a good deal. Warranties at electronic stores are ridiculous because these stores have slim margins on the products they sell. And since they have to make money somehow . . . hello, upselling of extended warranties. The markup is unreal! Stores can make a major profit (and commission) just from selling one to you. That’s why you’ll hear a pitch about a $1 warranty on your $2 pack of chewing gum.


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