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December 30, 2012

VINCENT DAVIS: New Year's Eve is new 'fiscal cliff'

Niagara Gazette — Congratulations! If you are reading this you’ve officially survived the Christmas season. Some of us are no doubt still embroiled in the forced social interactions of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Festivus, etc… and for those people I say, stand strong, you can do it.

If you find yourself among the lucky crowds who are done ‘spreading cheer’ and ‘talking to your family’ for the year it’s time for you to sit back, and kick your feet up as you cruise into the new year … or is it?

Consumer counseling agencies see a 25 percent increase in the number of people seeking help in January and February, and most of that traffic is propelled to their doors because of the simple fact that one cannot purchase iPad minis with good behavior and coupons for “1 free hug.”

Kids, tweens, teens and yes, even full time adults can get caught up in the idea that the holidays are about living the dream and taking a few days off from harsh realities to enjoy a little bit of magic. Unfortunately, Visa does not share your belief in magic, and will still be looking for payment come the first. If Christmas debt wasn’t enough, adults aged 21 and older are looking into the abyss of an even greater potential drop off of our personal fiscal cliffs: New Year’s Eve.

For generations the dawning of a new year has been a magical time for bars, restaurants and hotels. A special time where two cocktails, one appetizer and two entrees, (normally priced at $30) skyrocket in value; “How much should one drink cost, is $30 too little?” that was a snippet of the conversations going down at hotel bars across the country as you read this. How much do you think a sparkler should cost? Three or four dollars? Not on New Year’s; I want ten sparklers and I won’t pay less than $15 apiece.

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