Save money on holiday expenses

  @Money November 14, 2013: 4:15 PM ET
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Thanksgiving Day airfares surged 8.2% in September alone.

(Money Magazine)

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.

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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.

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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.

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