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Library can show you how to get the most out of shopping

Black Friday will soon be upon us! Although not an official holiday, some believe it should be, and for them it definitely kicks off the holiday season.

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, when retailers do everything they possibly can to get people in the doors! The term itself comes from principles of accounting; being in the black as opposed to being in the red refers to making a profit.

Shoppers, go armed with knowledge! Detroit Lake Library grants you access to Consumer Reports Magazine as well as many other titles to help you make smart purchases. Come to the library and do your homework so you don't end up with buyer's remorse. Also, read up on what motives us to shop!

n The Buying Guide 2009 (Consumer Reports Buying Guide), by editors of Consumer Reports. In today's marketplace, there are so many products that can be bought and so many ways to buy them. Consumers are often faced with too many choices when trying to decide on which products to purchase.

The Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2009 is a one-stop source for making intelligent, money saving purchases for all home buying needs. This book tells you what manufacturers can't and often won't tell you -- based on a full year's worth of Consumer Reports testing.

This compact reference guide contains over 950 brand-name ratings along with invaluable information on what products are available, important features, latest trends and expert advice.

n Shoptimism: A Journey into the Heart & Mind of the American Consumer, by Lee Eisenberg. In this smart, engaging book, Lee Eisenberg, best-selling author of The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think about the Rest of Your Life, leads us on a provocative and entertaining tour of America's love/hate affair with shopping, a pursuit that, even in hard times, remains a true national pastime.

Why do we shop and buy the way we do? In a work that will explain much about the American character, Eisenberg chronicles the dynamics of selling and buying from almost every angle.

n 25 Days, 26 Ways to Make This Your Best Christmas Ever, by Ace Collins. Christmas. It should be the most anticipated day of the year. Instead, we dread the shopping, baking, spending, and stress. Bestselling author Ace Collins wants to help you rediscover the joy and peace of the holiday season. Discover how this Christmas can be the happy, joy-filled celebration of your dreams!

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