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More than two-thirds of Canadians are committed to staying within budget this holiday season, finds a CIBC poll. Most say they’ll spend an average $517 on shopping this year.

Gen Y is the most likely (30%) to say they’ll go over budget if it means giving the perfect gift. In contrast, only 12% of those over 55 say they’ll blow their budgets.

Read: How much will parents spend this Christmas?

Additional findings include:

  • 66% plan to spend about the same amount as they did last year;
  • 20% plan to spend less; and
  • 9% plan to spend more than last year

Veni Iozzo, senior vice-president, Retail and Business Banking, CIBC advises that those who plan to spend more need to have a realistic plan. “While the holiday spirit may inspire generosity, each purchase, especially unplanned, can really add up,” she says. “It is important to watch your spending carefully as you go.”

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Originally published on Advisor.ca

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