Holiday Shopping

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Minnesotans Wrap Up Busiest Shopping Weekend Of The Year

Sunday night wraps up the busiest shopping weekend of the year. While analysts say Super Saturday draws even bigger numbers than Black Friday, Sunday also drew in big crowds.

12/21/2014

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Super Saturday Expected To Top Black Friday Sales

Sales this Saturday could beat Black Friday sales for the first time in a decade. The day is known as Super Saturday. It’s the last Saturday to shop before Christmas.

12/20/2014

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Best Holiday Restaurant Gift Card Deals In Minnesota

It’s the best time of the year if you’re looking for a great deal on restaurant gift cards. Spend $100, get $20. Spend $100, get $25. Spend $25, get $5. It’s the perfect way to say “thank you” to coworkers, or your babysitter, or a great gift for family and friends.

12/05/2014

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Do’s And Don’ts For Shopping On Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, has become traditionally the biggest online shopping day of the year. Since Thanksgiving, almost 134 million people went shopping in stores and online.

12/01/2014

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Minnesota Sees Busy Day On Roads, In Stores

As it is every year, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was a big day for gas stations and grocery stores. Many Minnesotans took to the roads Wednesday.

11/26/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Still Have Catalogs?

This holiday season, retailers are expected to send us nearly 13 billion catalogs. According to the American Catalog Mailers Association, that’s down from the peak in 2007 — 20 billion — but it’s still 41 catalogs for every man, woman and child in the U.S. every year.

11/20/2014

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Survey: Minnesotans To Spend More Than $800 Per Household This Holiday

A widely regarded survey of Twin Cities consumers says we’ll be spending more this holiday season. The University of St. Thomas survey says holiday shoppers will spend on average about $868 per household.

11/19/2014

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Minnetonka Man’s Website Tracks Products As Prices Fall

A Twin Cities man’s website tracks more than 4 million products at over 2,000 shopping sites.

11/17/2014

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Navigating The Web For The Best Deals On Cyber Monday

Get prepared for big savings with these tips for Cyber Monday shopping.

11/12/2014

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Some Retailers To Start ‘Black Friday’ On Thanksgiving Day

This year the Black Friday stampede will start earlier than ever. Best Buy , Toys “R” US and JCPenney have all announced they will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Target is joining Sears, Kohl’s and Macy’s with 6 p.m. Thanksgiving openings. Last year those four stores opened at 8 p.m.

11/11/2014

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Why Small Business Saturday Is Important For Your Community

Small Business Saturday will take place nationwide this year on November 29th. Since its launch in 2010 it has helped change the landscape of big-city neighborhoods and small town U.S.A.

11/11/2014

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New For 2014: The Best Apps For Holiday Shopping Deals

Use your smartphone to truly maximize your holiday shopping. From coupon finders to shopping lists, these apps have everything you need to get the best savings.

11/10/2014

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How To Navigate The Best Deals and Sales This Holiday Season

Don’t get lost in the sea of sales, coupons, flyers and email lists. Take a little time to organize and you can save a bundle this holiday season.

10/31/2014

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Retailers Set Back Holiday Shipping Deadlines

When it comes to holiday shopping, last-minute free shipping can be a saving grace for the procrastinator. “With shopping, I do put things off,” said Maggie McGill of Plymouth. Burned by missed Christmas deliveries last year, more stores plan to make you order early. Of the 92.3 percent of retailers polled who plan to offer free-standard shipping of some sort this holiday season.

10/29/2014

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Stores Likely To Continue To Open Earlier On Thanksgiving

We’re about a month away from the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Black Friday falls on Nov. 28 this year.

10/24/2014

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Target Announces Free Holiday Shipping, Price Matching

Black Friday is still a month away, but Target is making a major move to win back consumers. The Minneapolis-based retailer has announced it’s offering free shipping on all online purchases starting Wednesday and going through Dec. 20.

10/22/2014

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Best Buy Holiday Sales Fall, Shares Skid

Shares of Best Buy sank 27 percent after the company said sales declined during the holiday shopping season, which was marked by weak consumer spending and heavy sales promotions by retailers.

01/16/2014

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Target Reveals Gift Card Snafu

Target is getting hit with another lump of coal this holiday season. The nation’s second-largest discount retailer said Tuesday that an unidentified number of gift cards sold over the holidays were not properly activated.

12/31/2013

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Final Holiday Shopping Weekend Attracts Bargain Hunters, Procrastinators

With weather not posing a problem, shoppers flocked to their neighborhood malls and stores on Saturday to finish or, in many cases, begin their holiday shopping. According to retail analysts, Saturday is expected to be the busiest shopping day in the shortened season. And with just three days remaining until Christmas Day, many are finding deep discounts as retailers try to trim inventories. And it’s not just people getting presents under the tree. Leah Goldade of Lulu and Luigi’s Pet Boutique says business is brisk.

12/21/2013

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Procrastinators Finding Huge Discounts

If you’re one of the many who’ve yet to begin their holiday shopping, you might be pleasantly surprised. That’s because many stores are offering deep discounts to make sure they don’t get stuck with large amounts of unsold inventory.

12/18/2013

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WCCO Morning Show Shares Their ‘Favorite Things’

It’s the last weekend for Christmas shopping, and all week long, the WCCO Morning Show team is giving you a look at all sorts of ideas. Well, at least the ones that are on our wish lists. Here is a list of everything our morning team suggests you add to your shopping plans.

12/16/2013

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Woodbury Company Makes All-Natural Bath Products

This week we’re “unwrapping” some unique gifts we love that you might want to add to your holiday shopping list. For Thursday, we took a look at Blissful Bath in Woodbury. What started as a simple idea about 15 years ago now brings year-round joy to customers in Woodbury and beyond.

12/12/2013

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Local Jeweler Offers Unique Antique Gifts

You’ve likely heard the saying “everything old is new again.” One local jeweler likes to think of her work as Modern with a vintage twist. All week the WCCO Morning Show will be featuring unique local gifts. Jamie Yuccas got to sit down with Susan Plunkett, the maker of L’donna Jewelry.

12/09/2013

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Spending Smart: Saving Money On Holiday Toys

Those of us who did not finish our holiday shopping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be in better shape when it comes to buying toys. This season’s reports say half of consumers plan to buy toys as gifts this holiday season. And they still have time to score deals.

12/05/2013

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Spending Smart With Holiday Gift Cards

We know you’re looking for the easiest and smartest ways to shop as we get closer to Christmas. This week, we are getting to the bottom of some of your holiday shopping questions. Gift cards are perfect for the tough people to shop for on your holiday list, but you should watch out for hidden fees.

12/04/2013

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