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8 Things You Need For an Epic Summer

Gear up for an epic summer with these must-have essentials, brought to you by CBS Local’s Eat. See. Play.

06/05/2014

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The E.S.P. Spring Fashion Guide For Guys

It may still feel cold enough outside to lose a few of your non-essential extremities to frostbite, but spring fashion waits for no one.

03/28/2014

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Macy’s Among Retailers Staying Open Through Christmas Eve

It’s getting down to the wire as Chicagoans try to wrap up their Christmas shopping in the next couple of days.

12/23/2013

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Bargain Hunters Get Early Jump On Black Friday Shopping

They didn’t sleep. They don’t care about the cold. They’re on a mission to shop.

11/29/2013

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What To Do At America’s 10 Most Delayed Airports

Delayed at the airport during your travels? Check out this guide on where to eat, drink and shop at America’s 10 most delayed airports.

11/27/2013

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Post-Christmas Shopping Frenzy Begins As Stores Offer Big Deals

Are you hoping Santa Claus still has a little something in his sack for you? Even jolly old St. Nick is probably scoping out the after-Christmas sales on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2012

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Shoppers Hitting Stores On Last Friday Before Christmas

On this last Friday before Christmas, shoppers are hitting the stores.

12/21/2012

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Help! Missing Elf: One Man’s Journey With Elf On The Shelf

What do you do when your elf leaves and doesn’t come back? Mount a search party? Hire a private detective? You contact customer service, which is exactly what Fred Sasaki did. Here’s how that went…

12/14/2012

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Pick-A-Side: Which Holiday Gift Would You Rather Receive?

We don’t always get what we want for the holidays. But what if we could? Tell us what gift you’d most want to receive.

12/03/2012

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Looking For The Perfect Holiday Tree? Here Are Some Hints

CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman talked to some tree experts to get the tips you need to know before making the big decision.

11/23/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: Christmas Shopping Crowds Thanksgiving

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson talks turkey about the onslaught of commercialism and its impact on Thanksgiving.

11/15/2012

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Expert: Stores Will Soon Be Open All Day On Thanksgiving

While most people will be digesting their turkey dinner next Thursday night, some retail employees will be heading out to work.

11/15/2012

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Navigate Tricky Gift Return Policies After The Holidays

The holiday season has arrived and with it the efforts to find the perfect gifts for loved ones. As the hunt for gifts gets going, so does the dread of returning the thoughtful presents that are just not the right fit. Follow these tips to get through the season of returns.

11/13/2012

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Best Ways To Save During The Holiday Sales Rush

The race is on to be first in line for this year’s best deals on holiday gifts: Black Friday is almost here. Every year, the stores open earlier in the wee hours of the morning, some even open at midnight after Thanksgiving Day, while other stores start the Black Friday sales on Turkey Day itself. If you’re going to get up that early (on a day off, no less), it is important to be prepared.

11/13/2012

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Study: Black Friday Not The Best Time To Shop For Toys

Parents looking for the best deals on toys for their kids’ Christmas gifts can sleep in the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday.

CBS 2–11/09/2012

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Survive This Economy: Be A Financial Role Model For Your Kids

Your kids are watching — that’s the reminder for parents from a financial expert who said, when it comes to money, and surviving this economy, you’re a role model for your kids, even if you don’t realize it.

CBS 2–09/25/2012

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Back-To-School Shopping Season Brings Big Deals From Retailers

It’s the second biggest shopping season of the year – back-to-school shopping, when American consumers will spend some $30 billion.

CBS 2–08/08/2012

Sinora Wright and her daughters shop for back-to-school clothes at Once Upon A Child, a resale store in Naperville. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Shopping For Back-To-School Clothes

It’s the start of the back-to-school shopping season, and this year, more and more bargain hunters are heading to resale, consignment, and thrift stores.

CBS 2–08/07/2012

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Vintage Garage: Not Your Average Garage Sale

Rain or shine can’t stop the newest addition to the vintage scene in Chicago. This covered show is conveniently protected from the elements in a parking garage in Uptown. Genius! Here’s my scoop from the season opener this past June.

06/25/2012

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Father’s Day Gift Guide For All Budgets

Father’s Day is fast approaching. But don’t fret; CBS Local did the browsing for you. Find dad-friendly gifts for any budget.

06/07/2012

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