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Getting A Good Black Friday Deal? This Is The Secret.

We know this already.  Not all Black Friday sales are great deals.

But how can we tell?

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More Than 40 Chains Won’t Open on Thanksgiving Day

Some stores are opening up at 5 or 6pm on Thanksgiving Day to help you burn some calories after all the turkey and cranberries.  But others have said no, and won't open up until Black Friday.  Check out the growing list of stores that WON'T open on Thanksgiving Day.

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Stores Trick Us Into Spending More Money With Mannequin Eye Contact

As you're meandering through the clothing store, do you notice if the mannequin is making eye contact with you?  I do!  Just try to escape that gaze.  It's impossible.

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Jen Austin-Townsquare Media
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Have You Ever Canceled Thanksgiving Dinner to Shop?

I sat my three girls on the couch on Sunday and had them point to things they wanted in a Christmas catalog, and they found something they were dying to have on every single page.  Not my brightest parenting move!  Now I have a list of 40 things on their wish list and still no clear idea of what to get.

I'll pick up a few things here and there ahead of Thanksgiving, but I'm planning to keep Thanksgiving Day all about food and family.  No shopping.  Anyone with me?  I heard people talking yesterday about one family that's not having Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday the 27th so they can hit sales at the stores instead.  OMG.

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Why I Will Boycot Macy’s This Year

I will be the first to admit, I'm not exactly a "shopper."  I don't enjoy malls, and I don't like the hysteria of Black Friday in general.  Having said that, my need for a deal usually wins out and I brave the crowds to save

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Why IS QVC So Fascinating?

I've never been a QVC person, but the other day I flipped over there to see if I could put my finger on what was so great about it, and I got hooked!  I mean hooked.  That didn't take long.  Do you watch?

And now, any time there is a lull at my house (which is rare with three kids), I flip over to QVC to see what those gals are pitching next.  It's not just shopping; it's entertainment too.  I'll watch for an hour even if they're selling lawn chairs that I don't want.  Either I'm crazy or they are geniuses.  Or both.

I have yet to buy anything, but I'm about to cave on the "anti-aging lip gloss."  Who doesn't need that?!  Don't we all need younger lips?!  Sure!  Nice work, QVC.

After two short weeks watching QVC, I've figured out why it's so addicting.

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Kids Sure Can Talk You Into A Lot Of Crap At The Store!

You go to the grocery store with a list that you're going to stick to, and the next thing you know you've got a cart full of junk you don't need.  Because the kids talked you into it! Dang it!

I dropped the kindergartner off at school today and then stopped at the grocery store with the 4 and 2-year olds.  I ended up with extra cheese pizza, drinkable yogurt I hadn't planned on because they said, "Mama, it's healthy," and an Easter Egg coloring kit that was on sale for 99 cents.  Easter will not be over in our house.

It could have been much worse.  Here's what those sneaky kids tried to put in the cart, but I made them put it back.

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What’s Your Best Tipsy Purchase?

Have you ever gone to happy hour and then gone shopping?  Yep!

What did you buy?  I spent $15 on margaritas one time and then went to a store and spent $8000.

If you're thinking about buying something anyway, alcohol can put you right over the edge!  And it can talk you into the strangest things.

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Is The Internet Getting Psychic On Us?

Did you hear the news that Amazon.com may start boxing up items and getting them ready to ship to us before we even order them? How does it know what we want?

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Jen Austin - Facebook
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Who Is The Hardest Person On The List To Buy For? Dad!

My dad is awesome.  I love him very much and respect him even more because he's just a good, hard-working, honest guy who always seems happy and at ease with the world.

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