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By timestaff
November 15, 2013
In the early 1950s, Hilton oversees construction on the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The now-legendary hotel is most famous as the home of the Golden Globe Awards.
In the early 1950s, Hilton oversees construction on the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The now-legendary hotel is most famous as the home of the Golden Globe Awards.
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A jump in airfares is just one of the ways this holiday season can carve a hole in your wallet.

With airlines cutting back on seats, Turkey Day fares in late September were 8.2% costlier than a year earlier, reports CheapAir.com. And that price differential could hit 20% by November. Use these travel, shopping, and giving strategies, then, to make it through 2013 with more cash left over.

More holiday tips

Fly a day less traveled. Save a bundle by avoiding the standard Wednesday-to-Sunday rush, says CheapAir CEO Jeff Klee. A Monday return, for example, cuts $90 from the $593 average domestic fare.

Get a delayed discount. Use the free deal-alert web app Hukkster to bookmark each gift you buy, and you’ll be notified if the store cuts the price. Then ask for cash back. Most national retailers offer 15- or 30-day price adjustments, says co-founder Erica Bell.

Magnify your charity. Give more, painlessly, by adding a matching gift from your employer. At least $10 billion in workplace matches go unclaimed annually, though 65% of big companies offer them. Yours doesn’t? Find givers who do at matchingdonations.org.

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