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HITTING THE MALLS IN AND AROUND CHICAGO TODAY? CHECK THIS OUT!

ARE YOU GETTING YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN EARLY?

Every year, my sister-in-law, Pat, and her daughter, Morgan, hit the stores in and around their home in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake early.  After a bountiful feast on Thanksgiving afternoon, they get up around 4AM to hit the Hawthorn Center Mall in Vernon Hills.

Not for me!  Like many guys, my biggest shopping day this year will be Monday, December 24th, at around 4 in the afternoon.  Ladies, you want to find a bunch of males, each with a "deer in the headlights" look in their eyes, and fear in their hearts, heading straight to the "Gift Card" rack (they still can't think of what to buy their wives or girlfriends) - go to any mall or big box store late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve!  It's quite humorous!

Many experts say it might not even be necessary to hit the stores today, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, to get the best deals.  "In reality, I'm not sure you're getting any better deals the week before or the week after," said Rich Kabobjian, consumer business leader for Deloitte's, a medium-sized chain of department stores in the Northeast.  Traditional retailers will continue to offer special discounts throughout the 32-day holiday shopping season.  Those online will offer a string of specials as well - plus free or deeply-discounted shipping, in many cases.

For an hour by hour, blow by blow of what's happening on Black Friday here in Chicago, check out the Chicago Tribune Blog Friday, written by Tribune staff reporters.  Most malls around Chicago and the suburbs, and many of the big box stores - Kohls, Best Buy, Circuit City, and the like, are currently packed to the gills - store, mall, and parking lot. 

Listen to Chicago News Station WBBM, 780 AM, for a minute-by-minute update!  The Chicago All-News Station also posts periodic shopper's updates on it's website as well.

Looking for a complete Black Friday Shopping Guide, and valuable coupons at many stores, both of the brick and mortar variety and online.  Check out BradsDeals.com.  Then, folks, start your engines, and brace your wallets!

Happy Hunting!

DEAN'S TEAM LEADER,

DEAN MOSS

 

Posted: Friday, November 23, 2007 10:02 AM by Dean's Team

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