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Holiday Splurging Not an Option for Many Workers Scraping By

At the brightly-lit mall, clothing stores highlight holiday sweaters and big signs tout the sales, while Duquan Allen keeps his expectations in check. Allen, who works full-time cleaning planes at Newark Airport, says his mother doesn't expect anything big, and he usually gets a hooded sweatshirt. He plans to spend about $150 on presents for his grandmother, mother and 21-year-old sister. "I'm good at budgeting," said Allen, who makes $10.10 an hour. Heading into...

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