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First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

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The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

Holiday Gifts that make mealtime more fun! $15 = $30 worth of personalized plates + placemats

Holiday Gifts that make mealtime more fun! $15 = $30 worth of personalized plates + placemats

Spruce up your child's meal with Customized Unbreakable Melamine Plates - Perfect for Gift Giving! Get a plate for every season and every occasion by CLICKING HERE TO PAY $15 and get $30 worth of personalized plates and placemats from Spiffy Kids.

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Great gift for families! $12 = "I Like Book" for kids SHIPPED ($24.95 Value)

Great gift for families! $12 = "I Like Book" for kids SHIPPED ($24.95 Value)

A fun and easy way to make your kid feel special this holiday season. Build your child up one LIKE at a time with this wonderful book! CLICK HERE TO PAY $12, you get a copy of "I Like" Book SHIPPED from TheILikeBook.com (a $24.95 total value).

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24th AT MIDNIGHT

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Need a reliable sitter? Save 50% OFF Babysitting Placements with Southern Sitters & Nannies ($30)

Need a reliable sitter? Save 50% OFF Babysitting Placements with Southern Sitters & Nannies ($30)

The holidays are here and so are long to-do lists, your brother and his 4 kids, plus cocktail parties all in a row.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

Fight Holiday Bulge! $24=4 Core+More Drop-In Classes with Karen the Fitness Girl ($48 value)

Fight Holiday Bulge! $24=4 Core+More Drop-In Classes with Karen the Fitness Girl ($48 value)

Fight the holiday bulge! Save 50% off small-group fitness classes with an emphasis on the core. Great for toning post-baby bellies, lazy-too-long bodies, and all shapes in between! CLICK HERE TO PAY $24 and get 4 Core+More Drop-In Classes with Karen the Fitness Girl ($48 value).

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH AT MIDNIGHT

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Clean up the mess! $60 = 2 HRS of Home Organization by Drab to Fab Organizing ($120 value)

Clean up the mess! $60 = 2 HRS of Home Organization by Drab to Fab Organizing ($120 value)

Has it been months since you've seen the surface of your dining room table? Can the kids find their homework? Do you have boxes and bags filled with things you need to return, but can't find the receipt?