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Your Packages Are On the Way…Cyber Monday Sales Were HUGE

The Research firm ComScore says sales this past Monday were around $1.46 BILLION. That's up 17 percent from the $1.25 billion total of 2011. We spent dollars like crazy online Monday. Don't you wonder how much of that was done at work? We didn't get much done at work that day. We were too busy shopping.

The UPS guy has been to my house two days in a row with deliveries. Does anyone else have a little cyber guilt for all of the separate online orders? I feel bad the the UPS guy has to make separate trips for little packages here and there. I wonder if he sees my address and gets mad. Not again! Oh UPS man, there will be more where that came from. We may start setting out cookies and milk for you, Fed Ex, and the Post Office. We'll be seeing a lot of you over the next three weeks.

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Large Crowds Expected at First Monday Trade Days

It's the Christmas shopping season, the weather will be warm and gorgeous, and flea markets are just plain fun. All of those things are expected to factor into huge crowds this weekend at First Monday Trade Days in Canton.

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Can You Think of Anyone Who Doesn’t Have a Cell Phone?

New Pew Center research says 85 percent of Americans now have cell phones. Everyone we know has one, right? Except maybe Grandma. She's in that 15 percent that miraculously moves through life without a mobile phone.

One out of every two people over the age of 18 owns a smart phone.

What do you do with your smart phone? If you actually talk on it, you're one of the few!

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Does a Full Moon Really Make People Nuts?

How many times have you heard someone say when a kid is acting crazy, "Blame it on the full moon!" Is there really any truth to that? Can the shape of the moon make a child act a fool?

I know a pediatric dentist that has noticed that patients under the age of 12 become more unruly when the moon is full. She believes with all her might that the full moon can leads to misbehavin' and acting up.

So what's the truth?

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No Powerball Winner Saturday Night, Jackpot Grows

The winning numbers in Saturday night's Powerball drawing were 22-32-37-44-50 with Powerball 34, according to the Powerball lottery's website.

Saturday night's jackpot amount was the fourth largest in the game's history, but no one matched all of the numbers. There was no winner. So...how high will the jackpot climb now?

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We Survived the Busiest Shopping Day of the Year. Which Day is LEAST Busy?

The longest lines on Black Friday were reported at Target, Walmart, and Best Buy in Tyler. Broadway Square Mall was jam packed most of the day Friday too.

If you want to avoid the crowds, which day this holiday season will be the least busy?

It's coming up in the next five days.

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Small Business Saturday is Way to Help Mom and Pop Shops

American Express posted this Youtube Video about ways to support small, independent retailers, and it's been viewed more than 5 million times.

Black Friday may be winding down, but the shopping continues this weekend. Tomorrow, shoppers will head out to support independent retailers in East Texas on Small Business Saturday.

The Tyler Small Business Development Center says on their Facebook page that Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.

What Tyler, Longview and other area business will you support?

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Thieves Like Electronics Too

Once you buy those highly-sought-after goods on Black Friday, do you leave them in plain sight in your car as you make your way to the next store?

Tyler police are offering tips to protect yourself and your goods during the holiday shopping season. Among the tips; hide the loot!

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Electronics Top Most Wish Lists

A new Nielsen survey says most kids age 6-12 want an iPad most of all this Christmas. Most adults would probably rather have that than a new sweater too.

The new Nintendo Wii U comes in second on most wish lists, and then the iPod Touch and iPad Mini.

The price range on those gifts is $199 for the iPod Mini, to $499 for the new iPad. There are reports that most households spend on average, between $500 and $700 on Christmas gifts. If you buy a couple of the hot electronics, you're already there!

Stores are getting ready to drop the ropes on the Christmas shopping season and let the crowds through tonight and tomorrow. We'll list some of the opening times to help you plan your strategy.

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Where Did That Turkey Come From?

Texas doesn't have bragging rights in terms of the biggest turkey-producing states, but it does produce its share.

Nine to ten million Texas turkeys are produced each year, and most of those come from Central and East-Central Texas, according to a map from Smithsonian Magazine.

Which state is the biggest turkey producer? I'll give you the answer so you can impress your friends and family at the Thanksgiving feast today.

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Many East Texas Offices Shut Down for Thanksgiving Weekend

The next few days will be all about spending time with family, eating until we're sick, watching parades and football, shopping, and putting up the Christmas decorations.

For many offices, it won't be business-as-usual until Monday. Several East Texas agencies and businesses are rolling up the carpet and shutting down to observe the holiday. There's no mail tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, but it will be delivered on Friday. Here are the rest of the anticipated closures:

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Millions Admit to Online Shopping in an Atypical Place

Are you planning to shop in the store, or online this weekend? Actually going to Broadway Square Mall, grabbing the item you want, and paying for it there without having to wait for UPS to bring it to you seems sort of nostalgic now. Die hard shoppers might argue it's the most fun way to obtain new things, but there is something quick and convenient about electronically adding to cart.

If you shop online, where in the house are you sitting? The toilet? I kid you not. Millions of Americans are participating in online shopping while sitting on the porcelain throne.

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