What's the most-wanted holiday gift in 2019?

Why cash, loan payments might be the best present under the tree

Roughly 48 million Americans are still paying off credit-card debt from the 2018 holiday shopping season, according to NerdWallet.com.

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“Everyday Millionaires” author and financial expert Chris Hogan joined FOX Business’ “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” on Tuesday to share his insights on the economics of gift-giving.

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Hogan weighed in on the trend of Americans wanting cash or payments toward their loans instead of a typical gift.

“I think it goes to show the financial situation of most Americans right now,” he said. “People are up to their eyeballs in debt, and they understand that getting a payment that they could use toward debt would actually be a gift of relief for them financially.”

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Hogan said if you don’t have much money, giving “the gift of time” is a great alternative.

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“People are up to their eyeballs in debt, and they understand that getting a payment that they could use toward debt would actually be a gift of relief for them financially.”

- Chris Hogan, “Everyday Millionaires” author and financial expert

“You could cook a meal for someone or watch their children or run an errand,” Hogan said. “That has intrinsic and real value.”

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