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Looking for good buys? Don't get caught up in the hysteria. Know your 'bottom line'

Q. The ads for boxing week sales seem to start earlier every year. While we don't go shopping on Boxing Day, it's tempting to pick up a few things during the following week. Are the deals really worth it?

A: The sales at this time of year can look enticing--and so they should, as retailers look to enhance their bottom line.

But the real bottom line you need to consider is your own. Ask yourself a few questions as you think about what you might still like to buy over the holidays:

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Published on: December 21, 2010

Avoid Technology's Traps: How to put the need for the latest gadgets into perspective

Q: It's really expensive keeping up with technology these days. My kids say that my cellphone and laptop are lame compared with the new smart phones and mini netbooks available today. I can't afford to keep upgrading every year or so. Any suggestions?

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Published on: August 24, 2010