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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.

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1ST AT MIDNIGHT

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"Keep It INtown with Kwanza Hall" encourages residents to shop local

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Atlanta - District 2 Councilmember Kwanza Hall has just launched a new campaign to "Keep it INtown" and encourage Atlanta to shop and buy local.

He recently released his first episode in a series of tv segments that will be shown on the Atlanta City Channel 26.

$39 to Convert 6 Home Videos to DVDs with PhotoBin ($99) Holiday memories!

$39 to Convert 6 Home Videos to DVDs with PhotoBin ($99) Holiday memories!

We say skip the long lines for Black Friday deals at the mall and megastores! Enjoy left over turkey and pie in the comforts of your own home and CLICK HERE TO SAVE 61% OFF an affordable Video 6-pack Conversion Pack from PhotoBin ($99 value)-- a special and sentimental holiday present for friends and family that will be cherished for a lifetime. 

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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.

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission recently awarded $34 million in grants to help 13 Metro Atlanta communities build innovative transportation projects.

Each project includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements to encourage residents to find "greener" ways of getting from place to place, and to make these neighborhoods more livable and supportive of transit.

The money was given through the ARC's Livable Center Initiative, which is funded with federal transportation dollars.

"LCI has helped communities across Metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more plans that attract residents and businesses alike," said Doug Hooker, executive director of ARC. "This program is a model for others around the country and has helped to create or finalize many of our region's most innovative and livable communities."