Consumers prepare to stretch waistlines and budgets this Thanksgiving holiday

The average shopper spent $400 on Black Friday weekend last year, and $52.4 billion was spent nationwide. Financial experts give tips for keeping budgets in check.

BY JENNIFER PALMER Published: November 22, 2012

Overspending may outshine overeating as the vice the Thanksgiving holiday is notorious for.

Retailers have carefully crafted Black Friday sales that convince consumers to empty their wallets. Last year, the average consumer spent nearly $400 on Black Friday weekend — an increase of $100 in just six years (an average of $300 was spent in 2005), according to the National Retail Federation. A total of $52.4 billion was spent nationwide.

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