Festive rip-offs costing you thousands

Jarrod Sierocki

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‘Tis the season to be spending, but are you getting ripped off or buying things you don’t need? Picture: istock

THEY are the little hidden charges or fees you don’t think about, but as it turns out they’re costing you more than you think.

From overpriced hampers to paying a premium for travel, consumers face a raft of cash traps that are sure to take the sparkle out of anyone’s festive season.

As consumers spend up this holiday season many remain unaware they’re probably paying a premium for everything from gift cards to holidays.

Money Expert at Bessie Hassan told many consumers sabotaged their Christmas spending simply through falling for hidden costs, fees and other traps.

“They are paying excessively more for certain things at this time of year as retailers and lenders look to take advantage of the Christmas rush,” Ms Hassan said.

“People get swept up in the Christmas spirit and they let their gu…

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