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Macy's stores in Chicago are planning big doorbuster sales to entice shoppers.
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.