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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.

Atlanta Wedding Expert Hosts Evening of Bridal Beauty for Brides-to-Be

Atlanta Wedding Expert Hosts Evening of Bridal Beauty for Brides-to-Be

Wedding Expert, Tia R. Ervin is coming to the rescue for all brides preparing for upcoming nuptials in her signature "WEDucation" event, Beauty & The Bride, hosted at Polished Beauty Lounge in quaint Vinings on Wednesday, December 7th.

Where can I buy a Christmas tree on the south side?

Where can I buy a Christmas tree on the south side?

ATLANTA -- The Christmas shopping and decorating season is in full swing, and many Metro Atlanta families have begun searching for the perfect Christmas tree.


So where's the best place to find a live tree south of Atlanta?

See our map for more!
CommunityWalk Map - Where to buy Christmas Trees

DEALCHICKEN: $69.99 for $167 from Omaha Steaks

DEALCHICKEN: $69.99 for $167 from Omaha Steaks

ATLANTA -- Omaha Steaks is legendary for its gourmet beef, which is a must-have for the holidays.

Fortunately, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal can help members pay much less for a delicious package of top-of-the-line meats and sides.

Pay only $69.99 for a $167 Perfect Pleasers Pack, filled with four filet mignons, four boneless pork chops, eight Omaha Steak burgers, eight servings of potatoes au gratin and four caramel apple tartlets.

If this package doesn't appeal to you, don't worry -- there are five other options created especially for DealChicken members. To further sweeten the deal, shipping is free on all of them.

Get Together Pack
$49.99 for $114

Four top sirloins, four boneless pork chops, six Omaha Steak burgers, four stuffed baked potatoes

DEALCHICKEN: $100 for $200 at Global Floor Services

DEALCHICKEN: $100 for $200 at Global Floor Services

ELLENWOOD, Ga. -- Getting carpets cleaned before the holidays is a necessary hassle for many people, but today's DealChicken Atlanta deal will make this chore much easier -- and cheaper.

For Thursday only, DealChicken members can take advantage of $200 worth of carpet cleaning from Global Floor Services for only $100. This deal is good for steam cleaning up to 3,000 square feet of carpet; Global Floor Services also offers carpet installation, tile and grout cleaning, and 24-hour water removal, among other services.

This deal expires on Jan. 27, 2012. Appointments must be booked in advance; a 24-hour cancellation policy is enforced.

Global Floor Services is based in Ellenwood and serves customers in Clayton, Forsyth, Fulton and Henry counties.

Breast cancer survivor wins big lotto prize

Breast cancer survivor wins big lotto prize

JONESBORO, Ga. -- A Jonesboro breast cancer survivor feels especially lucky during this particular National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Bessie Irene Rawls, 54, recently won $277,844 while playing the Georgia Lottery's Fantasy 5 game.

"I'll never forget this month," said Rawls, who also celebrated her birthday and wedding anniversary in October. "I just can't believe it."

She is proud to be a breast cancer survivor.

"I love to tell the world that," she said. "I've gone through a lot of things."

Rawls, who works as a drug store supervisor, plans to use her winnings to pay bills and help her children.

"We might take a cruise [too]," she said.

The lucky ticket was purchased at the Sonoco Food Mart on Highway 138 West in Stockbridge. A second top prize ticket was sold in Valdosta.

Someone in Georgia could become a millionaire

Someone in Georgia could become a millionaire

ATLANTA -- Saturday's Powerball drawing could net one person an estimated $105 million.

Powerball tickets are $1 each.

Winners receive two payment options -- a cash option of about $65 million or the jackpot paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments.

The largest Powerball jackpot in history was $365 million, paid to a Nebraska winner on Feb. 18, 2006.

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