Now that Turkey Day is done, it’s time to focus on another reason to be thankful: sales! Today is Black Friday, the day of deals. The term was allegedly used in the early 1960s by the Philadelphia police to describe the day’s traffic chaos. In the 1980s, the meaning changed to a day for retailers to get their sales “in the black,” or profitable.
Remember, this is a battle for bargains, so to ensure success (and survival!), make a plan. Start with a list and know where you’re going. Don’t leave home without your rewards cards, coupons, and bonus offers. Big box stores offer great deals, but so do smaller retailers. Smart shoppers aren’t afraid to divide and conquer. Enlist the help of family and friends, and make a fun day of it. Stay nourished and hydrated, too—the day can be loonggg! Finally, try not to shop till you drop, or at least, wait until you get home to conk out.
If you’re not an adrenaline junkie and hate the crowds, you also have Cyber Monday. This day was given its name in 2005 by shop.org, and offers the awesome ability to shop in your PJs! Plan ahead and sign up for your fave store’s newsletter and “Like” them on Facebook to get great coupon codes. To maximize the deals and minimize the cost, be sure to factor in shipping—free is best! Verify you’ll have your items in time for the holidays, and double check the return policy. On Cyber Monday, the options are as wide as the web itself –you can easily order anything online, even personalized holiday cards. Now that’s a great way to save time this season!
Happy Savings Days to you!