Staying within your budget during the holidays can be a tough task.
University of Illinois extension consumer economics educator Kathy Sweedler says that spending tends to increase when people are tired and stressed.
She also says to keep track of what you are buying.
Sweedler says to be wary of overusing your credit card this holiday season.
Other tips include trading old items, recycling your wrapping paper or use newspaper, and plan ahead for next year.