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Your holiday shopping strategies?

With the Thanksgiving weekend fast-approaching, the time has come to
down plates of turkey and get serious about holiday shopping.

   National retail forecasts indicate the economic pressures of higher
fuel prices and mortgage market troubles will put a damper on gift-buying.
But locally, shoppers are saying they won't let economic malaise get in the
way of their present purchases.

   What drives your holiday shopping plan? Do you follow a budget or let the
holiday spirit be your guide?  Will you hit the stores on Black Friday, or sit
it out at home with online shopping?

-- Sharon Linstedt

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