The downturn in the economy may turn into big savings for consumers who know where to look.
Macy's is also considering keeping some suburban stores open 24 hours a day for a few days preceding the Christmas holiday.
Menu pricing is coming down at many Chicago restaurants, which are resorting to come-ons of all kinds, from discount coupons to gift certificates.
And if you're in the market for a car, this may be a very good time to buy. GM is launching a 10 percent-off red tag sale with no-hassle pricing.