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Black Friday 2012

Prep for the madness with help from Patch. We've got information on promotions at local malls, deals at Big Box retailers and helpful advice for navigating the shopping madness.

The holiday shopping season officially kicks off this Thanksgiving weekend.

Are you ready? 

Some will hit the stores only hours after stuffing themselves with turkey on Thanksgiving night. While others will take the more traditional route and set their alarms for the early-morning Black Friday sales. 

There will also be deals to be had around town for Small Business Saturday — which is this Saturday and meant to highlight the many local businesses as an option for holiday shopping. And if you aren't all "shopped" out, Cyber Monday will kick of next week's work week. 

We have a round up of articles below that should help you navigate this year's shopping frenzy and hopefully, even help you snag a great deal.

  • : We have a mall-by-mall run down of specials and promotions offered at Algonquin Commons, Huntley Outlet Center, Spring Hill Mall and more throughout the Chicago suburbs. 
  • Christmas Shopping Starts on Thanksgiving: Is Thanksgiving becoming the new Black Friday? We have a local look at what area stores will be offering and when they are opening their doors. 
  • : Do you have a video game fan on your shopping list this year? We have a run down of the best deals and where to find them. 
  • How to Track Down the Hottest Toys
  • Find the Best Deals from Big Box Retailers: Walmart, Target, Best Buy ... we have more information on what the stores will be offering and links to their Black Friday advertisements. 
  • Shop Local on Small Business Saturday: Find out what local retailers are offering Small Business Saturday deals. 
  • Cyber Monday: Finding Deals From The Comfort of Your Couch

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