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Black Friday Madness Ruining Holiday Shopping

There was a time when the Friday after Thanksgiving was just another day on the calendar, and, oh yes, the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Then the media started hyping it with live TV coverage of eager shoppers lining up hours before opening time to get first crack at the highly discounted bargains.

In a few years, that day went from a fun day for shoppers to Black Friday for the businesses that have come to depend on the crowds and high volume sales to keep them "in the black" financially.

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Give Thanks to the Recession, Families Are Closer Than Ever Because of It

A lot of families don’t have to go over the river and through the woods to get to grandmother’s house for the holidays this year. More and more families are living in grandmother’s house, and getting closer because of it.

Many cultures support a tradition of multigenerational families living in one home, but it has been decades since the US was one of them. Now, because of the current nature of the economy, that seems to be shifting.

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Gas Prices Down for Thanksgiving

People planning to be on the road for Thanksgiving will find themselves giving thanks for slightly cheaper gasoline prices, even though the prices are still higher than they were at this time last year.

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Buy on Black Friday

Savvy buyers know Black Friday can be one of the best days of the year to find terrific bargains, but not all items are such great deals. In order to better your experience on that infamous shopping day, here are some things you may want to avoid purchasing, along with when you may be able to score the best deals on them

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Is Your State Paying the Most for Electricity?

Turning up the dial on your thermostat in the fall and winter months is bound to add major coin to your electric bill, so you power through. Unless you live in Utah, and then you really have nothing to worry about, according to new data released this week.

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One Good Thing About the Recession, People Are Smarter Shoppers — Survey of the Day

The recession may have left unemployment rates a mess and killed the housing market, but if you’re looking for a silver lining, here it is: we’re all better shoppers now because of it.

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Drought Killing Texas Trees and Hurting State’s Economy

How do dying trees affect the state's economy you ask?  Well, stop and think about all the things and stuff that's made from forest products.

From lumber and building materials to paper products, to thousands of jobs,the forest products industry is a major driver of the Texas economy.  If trees are dying off, we all feel it.

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Waiting for Service Appointments Costs Americans Billions a Year

According to a new study, waiting at home for deliveries or scheduled repairs to cable, phones, internet service or utilities costs Americans a staggering $37.7 billion a year in lost income.

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