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Credit card tips to make the most of your money while holiday shopping

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The holiday season tends to be an expensive one. From gifts to travel to an ongoing stream of parties (some of which you may be tasked with hosting), many people wind up spending a whole lot of extra money during the holidays — and risking debt as a result. With that in mind, here are a few tips for managing your credit cards during the holidays — and also making the most of the perks they offer.

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1. Track your spending every week

The number of purchases you make on your credit cards could double or triple during the holidays, especially if you have a lot of gifts to buy. That’s why it’s a great idea to check your credit card balances on a weekly basis. If those numbers get to be uncomfortably high, you can take steps to cut back on spending or change your gift-giving strategy to avoid ending up with debt on your hands.

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