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Short on time? You can still make the most out of those post-holiday sales

The holidays are over and it's time to take advantage of those spectacular post-holiday sales.

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You sat out the day after Christmas because who wants to deal with those crowds and, well, you were still a little too full from all that food! Today, you’re game, but you don't have a ton of time.

Where should you go? Here are a few suggestions to get the biggest bang for your buck!

Department stores may trump individual ones. Shopping local and small is wonderful, but today is the day to hit the big retailers. Laura Heller of FierceRetail.com points out that Macy’s is offering up to 75% off a number of items. Plus, the store handed out $10 gift cards to shoppers before the holidays. Now’s the time to redeem them.

Luxury retailers are offering hefty markdowns as well. As part of its half yearly sale, Nordstrom's is marking down items as much as 50 percent. Neiman Marcus goes even further: 60 percent off on certain clothing for both men and women. Saks Fifth Avenue and Barney’s are also offering mega discounts. Many of these deals are available online, as well.

Some stores are offering an extra markdown on sals items. When shopping, nothing's better than a sale...on sale. Take advantage of these deals online, like at J.Crew, for instance, which is offering an additional 40 percent (code: SHOPNOW). Also check out Athleta's 20 percent more off deals (EXTRA20) , Anthropologie's 25 percent off, (TAGTIME), Madewell's 30 percent (YOUWIN), and OldNavy 40 percent (JACKPOT).

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