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Personal Finance Daily: Shoppers expect to spend a lot more this holiday season, and what NOT to buy during Black Friday sales events

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Facing the biggest inflation surge in 30 years, shoppers expect to spend a lot more this holiday season

Quick-moving shoppers are acting now to avoid slim pickings later, with 70% saying they want to avoid out-of-stock notices. Read More

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What NOT to buy during Black Friday sales events

Supply-chain issues and high inflation are complicating Black Friday deals this year, retail experts said. Read More

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