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CLEVELAND - Panic Saturday is suitably named; sales rival those of Black Friday, which means big crowds and big deals.

"It's going to be crazy, so we tried to come today while it's a little quieter," said Kuona Wade, a Maple Heights mother of two.

"We're gonna make sure we get finished today so we don't panic on Saturday with everybody else,” she laughed while shopping with her two young daughters at Strongsville’s SouthPark Mall.

Wade, like many shoppers, took it for granted she'd have to spend more if she shopped closer to the holiday; but at least one retail professional told Call For Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor that wasn’t true.

"Some of the best deals of the season are actually starting this weekend," said Donovan Lee, Store Leader at JC Penney inside SouthPark.

He said bargain hunters should expect door busters on Panic Saturday.  They’re scheduled to begin Friday afternoon at Penney’s and run through Saturday; but the savings don't stop there.

He also suggested shoppers keep their eyes open for in-store deals that allow an additional percentage off already marked down prices.  Another recommendation was to look for coupons online or in the newspaper before hitting the checkout line.  Most retailers allow customers to stack deals for maximum savings.

"Another important tip for consumers to remember—asking a clerk to share any coupons valid at the time of the sale.

"That's why we say the deals are excellent right now," said Donovan.

Keeping a cool head on Panic Saturday and a mind full of tips should help shoppers keep more of their money in their own pockets, right where it belongs.

"No need to overspend Kuona!" Taylor reminded the Maple Heights mother of two, "Yes, thank you Lorrie,” she laughed.