Shopping experts warn about overlooked expenses
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 7:01 pm
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Shopping experts say lack of planning and overlooked expenses hurt family budgets during the holidays.
Dr. Dena Wise of the University of Tennessee Extension says travel, taxes on purchases, gift wrapping, seasonal clothing, extra groceries, decorations and after-Christmas shopping greatly increase the amount of money spent.
Wise, a family and consumer sciences specialist, says people plan their budget around gifts and lists but forget about these other expenses.
Impulse buying, especially when it comes to stocking stuffers and unexpected people added to a list, is often quite costly.
Published in The Messenger 11.21.11