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Surviving the Biggest Shopping Weekend of the Year….

 

The holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK! Where does the time go? 

Ok, I’m the first one to tell you that I LOVE turkey day. And, I am thankful for so much. But, I’m not going to lie, Thanksgiving weekend is also about SHOPPING for me. Black Friday! Small Business Saturday! Cyber Monday! I mean, come on, if you can’t find a deal over the weekend, I don’t know WHAT to tell you!

Black Friday can be chaotic and crazy! Small Business Saturday is a great way to show support for local business. And, Cyber Monday is a perfect option to shop from the comfort of your own home. 

But, remember a few things before you grab your wallet this weekend: 

1. Make a List – Who are you buying for and what are you buying.

2. Stick to your Budget – Decide what you can spend per item.

3. Research – There are a ton of websites available to help you search out Black Friday/Cyber Monday steals and deals in addition to the specific store websites. Do your homework ahead of time to insure a great deal! As well as, there are smartphone/computer apps too! 

Websites: TGIBlackFriday.com, TheBlackFriday.com, Bfads.net, CyberMonday2012.com, Dealio.com, CyberMonday.com

Phone/Computer Apps: TGIBlackFriday/TGICyberMonday, Bfads.net, FatWallet.com-Black Friday Deal Finders

4. Beware of ‘Bundles’ – Some stores will ‘bundle’ items together as a way to show savings. Check the price of each item, individually, to insure savings. 

5. Beware of ‘Bait and Switch’ – Some stores will use the ‘doorbuster deals’ to get you in the door and then up sell you on a more expensive item. 

6. Buy the Item you Want/Need – Just because it’s a ‘steal’ in savings doesn’t mean it’s the right item for you. For example, if you are shopping for a TV, most of your ‘doorbuster deals’ are not going to have all the ‘bells and whistles’ that everyone is looking for as their main TV, but, might be good as a secondary TV. It’s a good deal, but, not good for the long term goal. 

7. Refund/Warranty Policies – Be aware of policies that might change due to specific Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials. 

8. Additional Shopping – Just because you saved money on one item doesn’t mean you should ‘over shop’ on unnecessary items. 

9. Be Kind – It is so important to be kind to others on days like this and every day. It can get crazy, but, remember the ‘true reason for the season’. 

Let the turkey be served and the shopping chaos and craziness begin….Happy shopping, everyone! 

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