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How To Avoid Holiday Overspending

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The holidays are for spending time with loved ones, but they're also a time for spending money ? sometimes, too much of it. 

The decorations, gift items, food and treats on sale can entice even the most budget-conscious, and bring out the worst in a shopaholic. While many people try to set a limit on their holiday shopping, 78 percent of Americans will overspend.

Here to discuss budgeting over the holiday season and controlling that urge to spend are Clinical Director of Addiction Services at Lindner Center of Hope and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Chris Tuell; and Certified Credit Counselor at Apprisen, a company that helps people manage their finances, Dave Johnson.

In 2005, Maryanne Zeleznik came to 91.7 WVXU from WNKU where she served as News and Public Affairs Director for 20 years. At WVXU she is responsible for all news and public affairs programming, hosts Morning Edition Monday through Friday, and fills in to host Cincinnati Edition. As time allows, she covers daily news, produces local features, and contributes news stories to National Public Radio.