Sunday, November 25, 2012
On Thursday, people gave thanks for what they have. The next day, they rushed out to buy things they want—whether for themselves or to give to others.
Thanksgiving has all but disappeared from the major media landscape. The Halloween candy wasn't even down to only Smarties when Christmas trees appeared in stores. Black Friday sales didn't even wait for Friday this year. There were several retailers who decided to bump up the rush by opening the doors Thanksgiving night. Walmart's Black Friday deals started at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving, according to the Journal Sentinel. And Target stores opened at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving, according to Bloomburg Business Week. In 2011, sales were estimated to be $11.4 million—a 6.6 percent increase over 2010—according to a CNN report on Black Friday sales. But almost half of them were buying things for themselves, 11 percent more than reported doing so in 2010. It'…
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Who was out and about to get those great Friday morning deals?
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
It's Black Friday, and that means great deals—and huge crowds. What makes it worth the wait for you this year?
It's the official start of the holiday shopping season... Get ready for stores to open earlier than ever (even on Thanksgiving night), lines and incredible deals. Are you out shopping today? Upload a picture of yourself waiting in line (outside or inside) and be sure to share your bargains in the comments!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Super-shopper Sarah Conrad gives you her expert tips to get the most for your holiday shopping buck.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
It's time to get your shop on, and rise of online shopping and Cyber Monday has given deal-hungry consumers some options.
With Thanksgiving occurring on the earliest possible day this year, the official holiday shopping season is as long as it can be. For years, the Friday following Thanksgiving — Black Friday — was the unquestioned king of that season. But the furious growth of the Internet has spawned Cyber Monday, an online shopping frenzy that grew 22 percent from 2010 to $1.25 billion in sales in the United States. It still pales in comparison to Black Friday, which last year generated $52.4 billion in sales, up from $45 billion in 2010. Many shoppers enjoy the early rising, elbow-to-elbow aisles and energy of in-person shopping on Black Friday, and the game-planning that goes with it. Others would prefer to sit in their home or office and cross off gift…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Bargain shopper extraordinaire Sara Conrad shares her plan for how to find the best deals—and survive—Black Friday shopping.
Can you believe it's that time again? The red, white and blue is through, turkey time is on the horizon and all that's left to do is fill our shopping bags with holiday cheer. If your pocket book is a bit tight this year or you just dig a good deal, Black Friday has your name written all over it. But before you head out into the retail rush, here's my top tips to make it worth your while to head out and take part in this traditional holiday hustle. 1) Getchyer game plan. Take a cue out of the NFL's playbook and choreograph your Black Friday moves. Know exactly what you want, where it is and when you're going to get it. In the olden days, pre world wide web, one would have to wait for the Thanksgiving Day newspaper to peruse and plan. Now…
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wired Wisconsin recommends the best apps to track the deals, comparison shop and keep your receipts organized.
Smartphones are becoming an ever-larger weapon in the Black Friday shopper’s arsenal. According to the annual Deloitte Holiday Survey of spending and trends, 27 percent of smartphone owners plan to use their devices to search for store locations, compare prices and check product availability. But how to choose the right apps from the thousands of options? Wired Wisconsin is the Wisconsin-based project of Midwest Consumers for Choice and Competition, a non-profit organization of individual consumers interested in technology, broadband, and telecommunication issues. Members dug in and tested some of the smartphone applications that might apply to shoppers trying to snag the best deals, or just make the most of their consumerist experience. …
Biggest shopping day of the year not limited to mainstream offerings.
While shoppers will be lining up for deals at odd and early hours all throughout Thursday night and into Friday morning, Port Washington Main Street Executive Director Sara Grover said the Black Friday crowd likely won't hit the city until later in the day. Shoppers generally hit the malls and the big box stores early, and retail stores and restaurants in Port Washington tend to pick up at dinner time, Grover said. While Black Friday is not as big a deal in Port and Saukville as it is elsewhere, some local businesses will be offering deals and longer hours. Here's the lowdown: Grover said she's hopeful the following day will be a big hit in Port, and that shoppers will again come out to support Small Business Saturday.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
With American Express offering incentives to shop local on Saturday, Port businesses say the promotion comes on top of ongoing efforts to strengthen local support.
While shopping is a key emphasis of this weekend — given the arrival of the famed Black Friday — local businesses are hoping the focus will continue to the nationally recognized Small Business Saturday, an event in its second year and spearheaded by American Express. Sara Grover, executive director for the Port Washington Main Street Program, said Port Washington has a unique business district because of its variety. She said she hopes Small Business Saturday helps draw attention to that. "People research the market before they open a business here," Grover said. "Even though the economy is brutal right now, when you come here there’s a cluster of good things to do. The one thing we need to do is tell our story better." Port businesses say…
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sara from SarandipitySaves.com shares her Black Friday shopping tips and tricks, and a few of the top store's best deals.
There's some argument as to why we refer to the Friday following Thanksgiving as "Black Friday." Philadelphia claims their police force coined the term in the 1960s after throngs of folks took to the streets to shop 'till they dropped. Others say the name was adopted by retailers as it was traditionally the first day of the year in which their sales brought them out of the red and into the black. I'm leaning toward the latter explanation as last year more than 138 million consumers took advantage of the deep discounts of Black Friday, spending $45 billion in a single day. This year is expected to be an even bigger event. If you're gearing up to head out and throw elbows to snag the day's biggest steals, here's some tips on how to make it a…