Back when you were young enough to pay 55 cents for bus rides, Chinese New Year was like a goldmine. You’d show up at your relatives’ homes with one of those little purses you could sling around your body, inside of which you stashed all your ang baos.
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These days, even if you’re a married person who’s forced to dole out ang baos to random kids, Chinese New Year is still a huge money sink. If you haven’t found a cheap way to escape this year’s CNY onslaught, here are some costs to beware of: