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Savvy Shopper Tips and deals for Connecticut shoppers
Small-Gift Shopping And Mall Alternatives For The Weekend

Not into joining the Black Friday mall crush? Check out these alternatives.

>>Redscroll Records will have its ninth annual Blackout at Sunriase sale on Friday, Nov. 27, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event features used CDs for $1, 20 percent to 40 percent off used records and 15 percent off new items.

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Free Admission At Historic Houses

Not into Black Friday shopping? Do some time traveling instead. Historic houses and museums in Chester, Deep River and Essex are offering free admission on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28. The Essex Historical Society’s Pratt House, 19 West Ave. in Essex, will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

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Free Thanksgiving Coffee at Cumbies

Stop by Cumberland Farms anytime on Thanksgiving Day for a cup of coffee on the house. The chain is offering customers a choice of any size hot or iced Farmhouse Blend or Bold brew; tea, peppermint hot chocolate or cappuccino, no purchase necessary. Information:

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Cyber Monday Shopping Starts On Thanksgiving Day

It's not just Black Friday shopping that's starting early.

Cyber Monday specials are already showing up online and research shows that millions of consumers will be shopping on computers and mobile devices while the Thanksgiving turkey is being carved.

Starting Thursday, Amazon will be offering a round of select "lightening" deals, including a 50-inch HDTV for $150, through its mobile app only.

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Simsbury Celebrates

Take a break from shopping and head to Simsbury for “Simsbury Celebrates,” a free community holiday party on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event features a variety of family activities, including trolley rides, music and dance performances, magic show and holiday tree lighting, held at locales around the town’s center. The evening ends with a fireworks show on Iron Horse Boulevard.

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Small Business Saturday

Not into Black Friday big box store shopping crush? Think small, not the mall. That's the motto of Small Business Saturday, when thousands of local shops will be offering special deals and services that Thanksgiving weekend. Information:

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