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Tips to shop safely after data breach

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Super Saturday is tomorrow. It's one final push by companies to boost sales this season.

But will shoppers be out in full force this weekend? Just a day after hearing about a massive security breach at Target stores we take a closer look at shopper safety.

It's the last weekend to get your shopping done before Christmas. A lot of you likely still have gifts to buy, but in light of the Target breach there are some things to keep in mind.

Regularly monitor your checking account.  Daily isn't too often if you have a debit card.

Get account alerts. Ask your bank if you can set up account alerts so that you're notified by text, email or automated call to your cell phone if a transaction exceeds certain parameters you set, such as by amount or location.

Use a secondary account when shopping. Use a debit card on an account that is not your primary checking account that holds your direct deposit, big bills like mortgage or rent and your spending money.

If a secondary account is wiped out by debit card fraud, at least the rest of your finances won't be a wreck.

And look at options. If you don't want to use cash, credit cards or checks for your spending, and you don't want to open another checking account, consider a prepaid debit card.

Stores are hoping you will be out shopping this weekend. They are relying on one last push to boost their numbers.

Some stores are trying to make it easier for you. Macy's and Target have announced extended hours to make sure you get everything crossed off your list in time.

Kohl's and Toys R Us will both be open 24 hours beginning Friday and running through Christmas Eve.

Retailers are citing the shortened shopping season, six fewer days that last year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, as the reason for staying open longer.