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My Costly Cyber Monday Fail

If you mastered Cyber Monday and saved hundreds of dollars, I am so impressed with you!  Here's how I failed.

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Black Friday Fights are Most Likely in These States

So there's only one flat screen TV left at the door buster price, and you and another person grab it at the same time and start the stare down.  Do you push and pull and tackle that shopper like it's 4th and goal and the game is on the line?  In these ten states you do.  Is Texas one of them?

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The 10 Worst People You Meet While Black Friday Shopping

People in stores are the worst on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. Here is a look at the 10 absolute worst people you'll find in stores the day after Thanksgiving.

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Get Ready to Shop at Holiday in the Pines

The East Texas Christmas shopping season is here.

Holiday in the Pines presented by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum is underway. 

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Move Over Black Friday, Make Way for Magenta Thursday

You're familiar with Black Friday, right?

You know, huge savings, day after Thanksgiving, lots of buying.  Well, we here at KICKS 105 have another day of big savings with local retailers. 

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See the List of Stores with the Worst Customer Service

You are never going to satisfy everyone 100% of the time.  That's especially true in the world of retail.  But, according to statistics released by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) some stores have a harder time pleasing patrons than others. 

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Do You Graze Your Way Through the Supermarket?

I'll admit it.  I'm not one to sneak a grape from the produce section at the store while I'm shopping.  When my grocery list and I are working our way through Brookshire's, I'm way too focused on the sales and coupons to grab a bite.

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Savings Event is Better than Tax Free Weekend

The annual Sales Tax Free Weekend is coming August 16th - 18th.  That's a savings of a little over 8% on your total purchase.  Let's talk about savings of 70% at East Texas businesses that are happening now!  

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KICKS 105 General Manager on the Lam After Online Pricing Escapade

Our General Manager, Tami Jones, left in a hurry from the station this morning around 7:30, and we haven't seen her since.  This is a quick picture we snapped just before she left.  Some say she looks happy in the pic...a little too happy, I think....mixed in with some maniacal guilt. 

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Shopping Deals + Business Hours in Lufkin and Nacogdoches for Black Friday 2012

Black Friday 2012 is only a few days away, and many local and national businesses have released store hours, discounts and deals early to get customers ready to shop.

A website called 'The Black Friday' has tons of predictions for this year's deals, if you're brave enough to face the crowds early in the wee hours of the morning!

We'll share more information once we know deals and hours for local businesses. If you've already got the scoop, send us a note!

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Selling Something Online? Use Pinterest, Not Facebook — Dollars and Sense

Marketers all over the world are using social media more and more to sell their products, but new research shows that it may be more advantageous for them to utilize Pinterest rather than Facebook to lure in clientele.

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JCPenney Announces Plans to Eliminate Checkout Clerks with Automated Machines — Dollars and Sense

Today many companies are being forced to either change with the times or die.

One of those companies is retail giant JCPenney — where recent struggles inside of an unstable economy have made it difficult for the retail chain to continue to do business as it has for nearly 100 years.

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