Sales ads have always been part of the Sunday paper and now they have found their way into most other days also. They can be helpful for you to see what is on sale at certain stores, but they can also make it more tempting to buy things you may not necessarily need.
With the holidays coming up there will be more ads in the papers than normal and many stores will have toy catalogs. These can be helpful to get ideas for people and have kids make their lists. However, it is also important to stick to your gift lists and not just buy something because its on sale.
If you have a problem of shopping and spending more money than you can afford to spend, one suggestion is to try to stay out of the stores as much as you can. Besides staying out of the stores, also resist of temptation to spend more by not looking at the sales ads unless your are looking for something specific you need.
Gift giving has become an important part of the holidays but with the current economic conditions it is more important than ever to keep your spending within your means so you can enjoy the holidays instead of being stressed about the extra debt you may have taken on.