Super-shopper Sarah Conrad gives you her expert tips to get the most for your holiday shopping buck.
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…
Thursday, November 24, 2011
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.
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…