Hard to believe the deals can get much better than they've been, what with so many retailers offering 50 to 70 percent off before Christmas. The entire sale cycle has been accelerated, with Black Friday on Thanksgiving, and after Christmas sales before Christmas. Indeed, Macy's is trying to break the cycle all together: if you hit the department store today, you may wonder where the clearance racks are (they are there, don't worry): Macy's has re-set its stores for spring to put its best foot forward—and get us jazzed about new merchandise, rather than old sale stuff—while we have gift cards burning a hole in our pockets. Still it's a great day to get deals on leftovers at chain stores (remember, an extra 25 percent off clearance merch usually means no returns), and it's an even better day to find bargains at boutiques that don't discount as often. We've put together a long list of local sales that you should definitely check out before (or while) you are out and about today. And the offers keep rolling in, so here are a few more sales I'm excited to shop: Motto's Didn't Get What You Wanted Sale: 50 percent off all fall and select winter apparel for men and women, plus additional 25 percent off of clearance. 3105 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls. Corazon's Post Christmas Sale: 30 to 50 percent off select holiday merchandise, gift, jewelry, and clothing. 4646 E. Lake St., Mpls. Gather: All Christmas merchandise is half off (and this store rarely discounts!), plus Eva Gordon merchandise is on a 30 percent off closeout sale. 5041 France Ave. S., Mpls.