With Christmas around the corner, it's the most wonderful (and expensive) time of the year.
Compared to 2011, the National Retail Federation is forecasting a 4.1 percent increase in holiday retail spending.
But will Essex and Middle River shoppers follow suit? Compare your budget to the chart below.
Do you plan to spend more or less than the national average? How do you save money on gifts and decorations? Tell us in the comments.
Average American's Projected 2012 Total Holiday Spending$749.51 Gifts for Family Members $421.82 Gifts for Friends $75.13 Gifts for Coworkers $23.48 Gifts for Others, Pets and Community Members $28.13 Food and Candy $100.76 Greeting Cards $28.66 Flowers $19.55 Decorations $51.99
Data from the National Retail Federation.