DATA: How much money is spent this weekend?

CINCINNATI -- This biggest shopping weekend of the year kicked off Thursday evening as Americans skipped their treasured Thanksgiving dinners to wait in line at some of the nation's largest retailers.

With such an early start, Black Friday became more than a single day of deals.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have combined to encompass a four-day deal extravaganza.

Using national spending trend data from 2008, here's a breakdown of how much money U.S. shoppers spend on average during this big weekend.

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