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Sale prices on toys at a Chicago area Target store. (Credit: CBS)

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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Guide To: Randolph Street Market

The Randolph Street Market is a mecca for vintage shoppers. This May, things kick-off with their season opener. November-April, markets are held inside at Plumber’s Hall in the West Loop. During summer and fall months, the market moves indoor and outdoors. Seasonal markets include, Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago and the Holiday Market…

05/18/2012

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Pick-A-Side: Which Beauty Company Would You Rather Purchase Products From?

Whether you’re shopping for skin care, hair products or makeup, there are countless brands to choose from. Which beauty brand do you prefer to shop for?

04/03/2012

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Top Seven Kid-Friendy Stores On Michigan Avenue

Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue is the place to shop ‘til you drop. From high-end boutiques to funky fashion hotspots, there’s a shop to satisfy everyone. Even kids will find a shop or two that meets their wildest shopping dreams. Here are my top seven picks for fun and kid-friendly shops on the Magnificent Mile.

03/30/2012

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Hazel: Unique Luxury You Can’t Live Without In Chicago

Stores like Hazel can be dangerous. The eclectic boutique in Ravenswood has side-by-side locations, one for unique, lust-worthy gifts and one for unique (and equally lust-worthy) men’s and women’s apparel. Both are smartly curated and expertly staffed, making Hazel an irresistible vortex of goods where shoppers can’t escape without wanting to snap up everything in sight.

03/27/2012

Sale signs like this are a common sight for shoppers, but they don't always save you money, if you end up buying a lot of things you don't need. (Credit: CBS)

False Frugality: When Buying Stuff On Sale Doesn’t Save You Money

Since the start of the recession, many of us have become avid sale shoppers and coupon clippers, but is all this bargain hunting really saving us money? Or is it just giving us a false sense of frugality?

CBS 2–03/26/2012

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Chicago Local Designer Profile: Lesley Timpe, Owner of Squasht by Les Boutique

Lesley Timpe has made a name for herself in Chicago. Our avid CBSChicago readers will remember seeing her label appear on our site before–when her store was rated one of the top ten boutiques in Chicago–and she’s still rocking the Chicago design world today. With a newly expanded store in Ukrainian Village, Squasht by Les offers Chicagoans a variety of locally designed merchandise, most famously, her reversible knit hats…

03/20/2012

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Best Of Spring Break Fashion

Warmth is in the air. Though Spring is always a hit or miss season with 60 degrees one day and snow the next, spring vacation offers a guaranteed week of sunshine. Just like the first day of school, spring vacation outfits are planned weeks in advance. From new suits to sandals, here are a few trends to get you started this vacation season. Each piece featured below is priced under $50. Happy sunning!

03/14/2012

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Chicago’s Best Discount Beauty Supply Stores

Today’s enlightened city gal knows there’s just no reason to agree to pay $45 for a bottle of designer shampoo. And why would she when she knows there’s an abundance of discount beauty supply stores sprinkled all over Chicago? If you’re tired of paying $10 for your favorite color of OPI nail polish, I’m with you. Check out where to find the best beauty bargains, right outside your door!

02/28/2012

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Time To Dabble Into Knitting In Chicago

I wanted to learn how to knit, but had no idea where to go in this city to learn! A friend of mine suggested Dabble – a Chicago-based website that offers classes of all kinds for only $20 a class. Sure enough they had a “Knitting Basics” class – a sort of intro-to, exactly what I was looking for. I signed up online and a week later I was sitting in an adorable coffee shop in Lincoln Park, CityGrounds Coffee with four other women learning to knit…

02/07/2012

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Clothes For The Awkward Male

So you’re an awkward nerd like me and need to buy some clothes? Well, having recently ventured out into the “real world,” I can help you through this horrifying experience. Off to Topshop we go for shirts and pants! Don’t worry, I’m here for ya…

02/02/2012

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Chicago Indulgences: Spoil Your Special Someone

Little gifts and romantic gestures need no occasion when you’re head over heels for a special someone. Still, there are times when it’s more than appropriate to pull out all the stops and really layer on the indulgence. While it is the thought that counts, we’ve picked some delightful goods and experiences that are sure to win some hearts (or at least serious Brownie points).

01/31/2012

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What I Have In My Bag This Winter

It might be a little challenging to look great in Chicago’s 20-degree, wet, snowy weather, but if you’re prepared with the essentials, you’ll be just fine. Here are a few items you’ll find in my handbag this season…

01/24/2012

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An Outfit For $40 (Shoes Included!)

The task was tough, which made it all the more fun. My mission to create an outfit for under $40 had me scouring the inventory at several of my favorite shops. This outfit excursion challenged my ability to locate cute clothes on a reeeeally tight budget. I skipped the accessories and went straight to the basics. I’ve wrangled up a three-piece collection.

01/10/2012

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