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SUGGESTIONS FOR SHOPPING

Here are a few tips for those of you who skipped Friday's hoopla but still need to do some shopping.

* Sunday is typically the slowest day of Black Friday weekend, and many malls have extended hours.

* Go early or go late. The peak hours are in the late morning and early afternoon.

* If you want to eat there, make a reservation. Restaurants get packed, and a two-hour wait for a table won't speed your visit.

* Shop during meal hours. It's quieter and less crowded.

* Park in the department store lots or the back lots and just walk. It'll be faster and healthier than sitting in your car cruising for the perfect spot.

* If you're only targeting certain stores, know where they are in the mall ahead of time.

* Seriously consider a baby sitter, especially if your kids are young enough to be in a stroller. Getting a stroller through the crowded hallways and narrow aisles is tough.

* Don't guess with sizes; try items on. It could save you a return trip.

* And finally, these words of wisdom from Nettie Brosseau of Greenville: "If you're over 50, take your daughters with you and they can do the shopping. Just carry your wallet and every once in a while go find a bench to sit on."

COMPILED BY STAFF WRITERS SUE STOCK AND CINDY GEORGE

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