Holidays seem to get more and more expensive. Do you fall in the average category or are you an extremist?

OK, we all hate the added expenditures over the holiday season and it can be burdensome to some as well. According to Visa people that are planning on celebrating this holiday season will spend around $190 on the 4th of July festivities. Also the USA Today reports that 21 percent of the population wont be celebrating which is higher than last years 18 percent.

So here is how I planned my fourth of July spending:

Gas:$60.00

Food:$80.00

Park Entry Fee:$3.00

Beverages:$40.00

Fireworks: $50.00

Being A Proud and Patriotic American: ABSOLUTELY FREE!!

Total: $233.00

I think that even though I may fall above the normal averages for spending on the holiday I think its a small price to pay to be free and show the men and women past present and future of our armed forces how proud we are to live in a nation that they defend so that we may live free!