A recent poll shows nearly half of Canadians are buying unplanned Christmas presents for themselves this year.

The CIBC poll found the spontaneous purchases are adding over $130.00 to the average holiday budget.

Debt counsellor Mary-Ann Marriott, with Haley and Associates,  tells News 957 what should be going through shoppers minds.

“Look at expenses you can cut out in November and December to accommodate the extra spending in December,” explains Marriott. “A little bit of tweaking and readjusting can go a long way to help you keep your spending under control.”

Atlantic Canadians are slightly below the national average, with only 37% buying themselves unplanned presents.