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<p>Shopping for the holidays is a familiar scene at Lloyd Center Mall in northeast Portland.</p>

Shopping for the holidays is a familiar scene at Lloyd Center Mall in northeast Portland.

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Spending money is a familiar scene from one of America’s favorite past times. But shopping for Christmas in an economy that is still far from healthy, with many-a-pocket hollowed out, also raises concerns. How do you make sure that when the spell of the holidays where off on Jan 1, you are not left with unsavory ends?