Economists and businesses are pretty good at knowing the balance between spending now and later. But human nature can get in the way of solid decisions.
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After the holiday extravaganza, take our February challenge and make this month a no-buy month. Purchase only the bare necessities and soon you'll see the savings grow.
Tax software, Nintendo, winter clothes, big TVs -- there are lots of tempting bargains in the shortest month of the year.
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