black friday http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8212/all en-US December Deals That Are Better Than Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/december-deals-that-are-better-than-black-friday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/december-deals-that-are-better-than-black-friday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holiday_shopping_000036887318.jpg" alt="Woman finding December deals that are better than Black Friday" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fading quickly in the rearview mirror, it has many shoppers wondering if their chance of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-card-shopping-bonuses">scoring a good deal before Christmas</a> is fading as well. What if I were to tell you that there are specific days in December where you can find better deals than the infamous Black Friday? Here are the dates you need to know to maximize your savings.</p> <h2>1. Christmas Toys &mdash; December 16th</h2> <p>Most <a href="http://amzn.to/1Nj7vIA">Christmas toys</a> don't start going on sale until the 16th of December. Retailers realize they have a captive audience during the Black Friday frenzy and tend to not offer many deals. Instead, they'll wait until mid-December to start lowering prices, including offering more online and in-store coupons. But this comes with an important caveat &mdash; if you're shopping for the mega-popular toys of the season (i.e., anything Star Wars related) you may have to snatch those up when you find them to avoid getting gouged as we get closer to Christmas.</p> <h2>2. Quality HDTVs &mdash; December 11&ndash;13th</h2> <p>Black Friday is known for huge doorbuster deals on really cheap HDTVs, most from brands you've never heard of with less than spectacular specs. But if you want to find a really good deal on a quality brand like Panasonic, Samsung, or Vizio, check out the deals on the weekend of December 11th&ndash;13th. Historically, this weekend sees big price markdowns and the release of above-average coupons from retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Sam's Club. If you're not buying a new HDTV as a Christmas gift, wait until the end of January when we typically see excellent deals leading up to the Super Bowl and after the Consumer Electronics Show, when new models are released.</p> <h2>3. Laptops &mdash; December 15th</h2> <p>If you missed out on one of the great laptop deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, don't fret &mdash; December 15th could actually be a better day to save. Over the past several years, that date has seen consistent markdowns and coupons from the likes of Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and even Apple. Also, unlike Black Friday deals, which often see inferior laptops made specifically for the day, mid-December deals are on quality models with specs that won't leave you begging for an upgrade in a few short months.</p> <h2>4. Apparel and Shoes &mdash; December 18th</h2> <p>The single best day to shop for apparel and shoes in December is also known as Free Shipping Day, and this year it falls on December 18th. It's the day when over 1,000 online retailers come together to offer free shipping (no minimum) with guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery. The majority of these online retailers are clothing and shoe sellers like Gap, Lands' End, Old Navy, Zappos, and American Eagle Outfitters. In addition to free shipping, most of them also offer a percent or dollar off coupon code to entice last-minute shoppers. Be aware of return policies and know your size before ordering to avoid costly return charges.</p> <h2>5. Tools and Hardware &mdash; December 16th</h2> <p>If you're buying a new power tool for yourself, and can afford to wait, buy it during the two weeks leading up to Father's Day to maximize your savings. But if you're buying it as a holiday gift, start your shopping on December 16th and take advantage of a plethora of new markdowns and coupons from the likes of Home Depot, Lowe's, and Sears. In the past, I've seen a 55% increase in deals starting on December 16th that typically last through the 20th of the month.</p> <h2>6. Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances &mdash; December 18th</h2> <p>It pays to shop for small kitchen appliances and gadgets closer to Christmas. Think coffee brewers, blenders, panini makers, garlic presses, and other items along these lines. By shopping online on December 18th, not only will you be able to take advantage of free shipping, but many websites like Pfaltzgraff, Crate &amp; Barrel, Mikasa, Brookstone, JCPenney, and Chefs Corner Store offer discount codes in the 20%&ndash;40% off range.</p> <h2>7. PS4 and Xbox One Consoles/Games &mdash; December 14th</h2> <p>Starting on December 14th and going through the 17th of the month, you can usually find prices on PlayStation and Xbox items comparable to, or better than, the pricing you see on Black Friday. This includes older game titles in the 30%&ndash;40% off range and new titles 15%&ndash;20% off at retailers like Walmart, Gamestop, Target, and even Amazon. Also, if you look to buy a bundled system, which typically includes the console, game, and an extra controller, you can find deals in the 25% off range a week out from Christmas.</p> <p><em>What is your holiday shopping strategy and how do you find the best deals?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/december-deals-that-are-better-than-black-friday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-use-cash-for-these-11-things">Never Use Cash for These 11 Things</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-places-to-get-coupons-online">The Best Places to Get Coupons Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-purchases-youll-never-regret">25 Purchases You&#039;ll Never Regret</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday">Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping black friday christmas shopping december deals holiday shopping shopping Thu, 10 Dec 2015 18:08:02 +0000 Kyle James 1619180 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000026543194_Small.jpg" alt="retailers that are closed on Thanksgiving" title="retailers that are closed on Thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanksgiving is almost here, and with it comes a very busy shopping season. Stores are opening earlier and earlier in a desperate bid to grab hungry bargain-hunters, many on Thanksgiving Day itself. Through it all, the employees of these stores have to be there with a smile and a helping hand, when most would much rather be at home with friends and family.</p> <p>But, some major retailers are starting to fight back, preferring to give their employees time off over the holiday. Here are 25 stores that will not be open this Thanksgiving.</p> <h2>1. REI</h2> <p>Apart from being closed on Thanksgiving, the chain devoted to the outdoors is literally walking the walk this year by paying its employees to take Black Friday off, too. It&rsquo;s all part of the company&rsquo;s mission to help people enjoy the outdoors, and wants both its staff, and customers, to get out and enjoy nature. In an email sent to its members in over 140 stores around the country, REI stated: &ldquo;Instead of reporting to work, we&rsquo;re paying our employees to do what we love most &mdash; be outside.&rdquo;</p> <h2>2. Patagonia</h2> <p>In typical Patagonia style, a spokesperson said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a holiday &mdash; we&rsquo;re closed!&rdquo; when asked about Thanksgiving Day hours. The company is famous for treating employees well, offering some <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/a-company-that-profits-as-it-pampers-workers/2014/10/22/d3321b34-4818-11e4-b72e-d60a9229cc10_story.html">exceptional benefits</a>.</p> <h2>3. DSW</h2> <p>Need shoes, or big winter boots? Get them before or after Thanksgiving Day, because one of the biggest shoe retailers is staying closed. A spokesperson said, &quot;While many retail stores will be opening for business on Thanksgiving Day, this year we continue the DSW tradition of keeping ours closed. Family time is extremely important to us, and we want our associates to enjoy the holiday with their loved ones.&rdquo;</p> <h2>4. Nordstrom</h2> <p>&ldquo;We won&rsquo;t be decking our halls until Friday, November 27,&rdquo; says the notice in Nordstrom windows everywhere. &ldquo;Why? Well, we just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.&rdquo; Well said.</p> <h2>5. H&amp;M</h2> <p>The clothing retailer known for giving people incredible bargains is closing all 400 of its stores this Thanksgiving. The decision was made by H&amp;M president Daniel Kulle, saying, &ldquo;In the tradition of Thanksgiving, H&amp;M will close our U.S. stores on Thanksgiving Day, allowing our store teams to enjoy this time with their families and friends.&rdquo;</p> <h2>6. GameStop</h2> <p>If you want new video games to play over the Thanksgiving break, make sure you get them before the big day. GameStop is closing on Thanksgiving, saying that it, too, recognizes the importance of family time. What&rsquo;s more, the chain has put together this handy guide on helping with the &ldquo;<a href="http://news.gamestop.com/press-release/consumer/gamestop-offers-tips-help-avoid-holiday-shopping-blues">Holiday Shopping Blues</a>.&rdquo;</p> <h2>7. Ace Hardware, Home Depot, True Value, and Lowes</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t wait until the last minute for those essential DIY tools and fixtures, because the four big hardware stores are all remaining closed on Thanksgiving Day. Ace Hardware has been doing this for several years, and Home Depot, True Value, and Lowes are following suit. All four will be open on Black Friday though, with plenty of doorbuster deals.</p> <h2>8. Barnes &amp; Noble</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning to settle down with a good book or movie after the Thanksgiving feast, get your shopping done ahead of time. Once again, Barnes &amp; Noble is closed for Thanksgiving.</p> <h2>9. Costco and Sam&rsquo;s Club</h2> <p>Both of the big warehouse stores will be giving their employees the day off on Thanksgiving. This means you can expect them both to be extra busy in the run up to the big day. So, get what you need well ahead of time, and leave the last minute shopping to the smaller grocery stores.</p> <h2>10. Jo-Ann Fabric Stores</h2> <p>Thanksgiving is usually a day when people start to put up holiday decorations. So, if you&rsquo;re looking for those extras from Jo-Ann&rsquo;s, get them beforehand.</p> <h2>11. Staples</h2> <p>Hopefully, you won&rsquo;t be in need of any office supplies on Thanksgiving. If you do need printer paper, ink, pens, or anything else, get them from Staples early on in the week. The stores will all be closed on Thursday.</p> <h2>12. Petco and PetSmart</h2> <p>Remember, your pets need to eat on Thanksgiving day as well, so don&rsquo;t forget them! The two biggest pet chains are closed however, so stock up on food, treats, and toys.</p> <h2>13. American Girl</h2> <p>My daughters both love American Girl, so I know for sure that they will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open again on Black Friday. However, don&rsquo;t expect to see big discounts. AG is a little like Apple; they rarely have any kind of noteworthy sales.</p> <h2>14. Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Homegoods</h2> <p>All three discount retailers are owned by TJX, and as such, all of them share the same Thanksgiving policy &mdash; they will remain closed for the holiday. Black Friday, they are open for business.</p> <h2>15. Pier 1 Imports</h2> <p>One of the earlier stores to adopt this trend, Pier 1 Imports has been closed on Thanksgiving Day since 2011. And this year will be no exception. If you need something, get it now.</p> <h2>16. Burlington Coat Factory</h2> <p>Looking for a big winter coat? Don&rsquo;t wait until Thanksgiving Day to go shopping at Burlington Coat Factory. All stores will be closed that day, but plan to open on Black Friday with some huge discounts.</p> <h2>17. Dillard&rsquo;s</h2> <p>The big department store is once again closed on Thanksgiving, and has been doing so for 77 years. It will, of course, be open again on Black Friday.</p> <h2>18. Harbor Freight Tools</h2> <p>The DIY-lovers everywhere will not be happy. I know my father-in-law loves a stroll around HFT, especially to get out of the house and chaos for a few hours. But this year, it&rsquo;s closed.</p> <h2>19. Babies R Us</h2> <p>Although it&rsquo;s sister company, Toys R Us, will be open on Thanksgiving Day, the baby retailer has decided to stay closed. Stock up on diapers and formula!</p> <p>And if you&rsquo;re curious, the following stores WILL OPEN on Thanksgiving. While this may not be very good news for their respective employees, it could be very good for you if you forget something important.</p> <p>Walgreens: Open 9 a.m. &ndash; 6 p.m.</p> <p>Walmart: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Rite Aid: Open at 8 a.m.</p> <p>J.C.Penney: Open 3 p.m. &ndash; 10 p.m.</p> <p>Kohl&rsquo;s: Open at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Best Buy: Open 5 p.m. &ndash; 1 a.m.</p> <p>Target: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Toys R Us: Open 5 p.m.</p> <p>Macy&rsquo;s: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Sports Authority: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Sears: Open 6 p.m. &ndash; 2 a.m.</p> <p>Old Navy: Open 4 p.m.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-black-friday-craziness-is-worth-it">5 Reasons Black Friday Craziness Is Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home">6 Ways to Score a Black Friday Deal Without Leaving Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-convince-a-store-clerk-to-give-you-a-deal">6 Ways to Convince a Store Clerk to Give You a Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-coupons-trick-you-into-spending-more-money">5 Times Coupons Trick You Into Spending More Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday discounts Holidays retail store closings Thanksgiving Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:15 +0000 Paul Michael 1616808 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Money Moves to Make on Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-moves-to-make-on-black-friday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-money-moves-to-make-on-black-friday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_phone_000078616761.jpg" alt="Woman making money moves on Black Friday" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on money moves to make on Black Friday, when to replace common household items, and foods that can change your brain.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com/2015/11/22/four-money-moves-to-make-on-black-friday/">Four Money Moves To Make On Black Friday</a> &mdash; Get social! Follow your favorite retailers on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news on the best deals. [Smart Money Moves]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/1121/When-to-replace-these-eight-common-household-items">When to replace these eight common household items</a> &mdash; Depending on the kind of spice and how you store them, you should replace spices every 1-4 years. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/9-foods-can-change-brain/">9 Foods That Can Change Your Brain</a> &mdash; Walnuts contribute to healthier brains and improved memory functions. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/21-financial-mistakes-that-endanger-gen-xers-future/">21 Financial Mistakes That Endanger Gen Xers&rsquo; Future</a> &mdash; Don't get your financial advice from popular media. Such general advice may not be suitable for your situation. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-to-spend-less-time-in-the-kitchen-this-thanksgiving">5 Ways to Spend Less Time in the Kitchen This Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; Whole produce tends to be less expensive than pre-cut veggies, but when time is at a premium, it may be worth it to splurge a little here. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/lend-hand-youre-tight-budget">How to Lend a Hand When You're on a Tight Budget</a> &mdash; If you need to buy gifts anyway, shop from the online store of a charity you want to support. [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thadthoughts.com/2015/11/use-extreme-battery-tip-save-battery-life/">Use This Extreme Battery Tip to Save Your Battery Life</a> &mdash; Using WiFi calling combined with airplane mode will help you conserve the battery on your smartphone. [Thad Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Insurance-Policies-Arent-Worth-19090574">7 Insurance Policies You Can Live Without</a> &mdash; There's no need to get extended warranties on products. You're likely already protected by the manufacturer's warranty or your credit card company. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3992-3-ways-to-increase-your-cash-flow-at-work">3 Ways to Increase Your Cash Flow at Work</a> &mdash; Find out if your employer offers these tax-saving opportunities! [DailyWorth]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financialsamurai.com/states-that-dont-tax-social-security-benefits/">States That Don&rsquo;t Tax Social Security Benefits</a> &mdash; If Social Security is your main source of income, it may be a good idea to retire in one of these 37 states that don't tax Social Security benefits. [Financial Samurai]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-moves-to-make-on-black-friday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-personal-finance-skills-everyone-should-master">12 Personal Finance Skills Everyone Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-best-money-saving-channels-on-youtube">9 Best Money Saving Channels on YouTube</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips black friday Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:00:15 +0000 Amy Lu 1616740 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Shop Black Friday Deals? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-shop-black-friday-deals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-shop-black-friday-deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_black_friday_000069047361.jpg" alt="Woman deciding if she should shop black friday deals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-shop-black-friday-deals#comment-785978">Ken</a>, Mark, and Elle for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Black Friday is one of the biggest retail events of the year. For many people, it <em>is</em> an event &mdash; they scour ads, plan out which stores to hit and what to get at each, and even camp out the night before. For many <em>other</em> people, the low prices aren't worth the chaos...and may instead opt to shop on Cyber Monday.</p> <p><strong>Do you shop Black Friday deals?</strong> What are your strategies for getting the best deals? What do you plan to get this year? If you don't plan to shop on Black Friday, what are your reasons for it?</p> <p>Tell us whether you shop Black Friday deals and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rcwidget_g5af71q1" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa219" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa219/" class="rcptr">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, November 30th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after November 30th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether you shop Black Friday deals and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-shop-black-friday-deals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-do-black-friday">Ask the Readers: Do You Do Black Friday?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tj-maxx-giving-away-500-in-gift-cards-to-wise-bread-readers">TJ Maxx Giving Away $500 in Gift Cards to Wise Bread Readers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Shopping Ask the Readers black friday Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:00:55 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1615509 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Reasons Black Friday Craziness Is Worth It http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-black-friday-craziness-is-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-reasons-black-friday-craziness-is-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_holiday_shopping_000052946922.jpg" alt="Women learning why Black Friday craziness is worth it" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems like all the cool kids poke fun at Black Friday, and I get it. Black Friday is crazy! However, there are also some great reasons for hitting the stores the day after Thanksgiving. Here's why you might choose to head out and score some amazing deals on one of America's biggest shopping days. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surprising-ways-to-save-even-more-on-black-friday">Hidden Ways to Save Even More on Black Friday</a>)</p> <h2>1. Discounts</h2> <p>Black Friday sales offer some amazing discounts. Sure, not every product advertised is at the lowest price, but it's easy to do some research online to find out whether a deal is good.</p> <p>Black Friday discounts come in especially handy when someone wants something for Christmas that you can't actually afford. Check online ahead of time, so you know about how much the item usually costs. Then, if a store offers a better deal on it, it's totally worth your while to go out and get it.</p> <p>These discounts are also useful if you are struggling to make ends meet financially. Need new work clothes but can't afford them at regular prices? You're likely to find some deals on Black Friday. The same is true for children's clothes and common household items. If you need to save money, the Black Friday struggle can totally be worth your while.</p> <h2>2. You'll Feel Good About Your Deals</h2> <p>People tend to feel playful and excited when they get the deal they're after. Basically, what can seem like a struggle turns into something that feels more like a game. So if you're dreading holiday shopping, going out on Black Friday can make it a little more exciting. See the whole thing as a puzzle you need to solve and your fellow shoppers as competitors, and it just might be the most fun you've ever had on a shopping trip.</p> <h2>3. Finish Christmas Shopping Before the Last Minute</h2> <p>If you're one of those people who finished their Christmas shopping in July, this isn't for you. But if you're like the rest of us, Black Friday can save your life.</p> <p>For this to work, you have to be organized. Look through the ads and find out what you want to buy for each person on your list. Write it all down. Check it twice. Make sure you're actually getting good deals. Then go out, follow your plan and, at the end of the day, all you'll have left is the wrapping.</p> <h2>4. The Thrill of the Chase</h2> <p>If the idea of beating out other shoppers for a great deal doesn't do it for you, thinking of Black Friday as a hunt can make it a lot of fun. People enjoy being part of a group, and they enjoy pursuing goals as part of a team. If hunting down just the right item at just the right price excites you, it's totally worth all the hassle to get out there on Black Friday.</p> <h2>5. It's Kinda Fun</h2> <p>Sure, there can be jerks out there on Black Friday, but my experience is that the vast majority of Black Friday shoppers are extra nice. People chat in line, or even pay it forward at places like Starbucks. Since Black Friday is the &quot;official&quot; start of the Christmas season, people often feel especially festive. When you catch the Christmas spirit, it's totally worth all of the frustrations of shopping on Black Friday.</p> <p><em>Will you be out there on Black Friday? Why or why not?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-black-friday-craziness-is-worth-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-coupons-trick-you-into-spending-more-money">5 Times Coupons Trick You Into Spending More Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-raincoats-in-summer-because-winter-always-comes-0">Buy raincoats in summer, because winter always comes.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-genius-ways-to-save-on-cyber-monday">6 Genius Ways to Save on Cyber Monday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday discounts Holidays retail sales Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:00:03 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1616004 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Score a Black Friday Deal Without Leaving Home http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_tablet_000071622233.jpg" alt="Woman scoring Black Friday deals without leaving home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Black Friday &mdash; either you love it, or you hate it. As retailers continue to offer a very limited quantity of doorbuster deals each year, many shoppers are wising up and looking for other ways to save. Here are a few unique ways to save money on Black Friday without ever having to leave the comfort of your pajamas.</p> <h2>1. Check eBay Right After Black Friday</h2> <p>If you're a Black Friday veteran, you know about the &quot;doorbuster&quot; deals that are available at stores like Best Buy, Target, and Kohl's. But the problem is, unless you're willing to camp out for hours (even days), you simply aren't going to get your hands on these very limited-supply deals.</p> <p>Well&hellip; until now! A great way to find close to doorbuster prices is to check out eBay the weekend <em>after </em>Black Friday. Many shoppers who are willing to stand in line are wannabe entrepreneurs looking to turn a quick profit. They get into the store first, snatch up as many of the doorbusters as they can find, and go home and put them on eBay.</p> <p>Because eBay gets inundated with Black Friday products, supply and demand takes over and you stand a great chance of scoring a deal close to the doorbuster price. I did this last year with an external hard drive that was regularly $79.99. It had a $39.99 Black Friday price, and I snatched it up on eBay for only $49. Still a great deal, and I didn't have to fight the crowds.</p> <h2>2. Most Black Friday Deals Are Now Online</h2> <p>When looking through the Black Friday ads this year, note that almost all of the sale prices will also be available on the retailer's website. You can find most of them starting at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday morning, and some stores like Walmart and Target will have deals available online all day on Thanksgiving as well. By staying home and shopping online, you can also take advantage of quick price comparison websites and shop with coupon codes.</p> <p>If you can't find a coupon code to your favorite online retailer, simply start a live chat session on their website and politely ask the operator if they can help you out. In many cases, they're given coupon codes to hand out on Black Friday, like free shipping or 15% off your order..</p> <h2>3. Shop Early and Still Save&hellip; Maybe More</h2> <p>Over the years, Black Friday has morphed from a one-day event to a week-long savings fest. But what many shoppers don't realize is that many of these early deals have proven to provide similar savings to what you'll find on Black Friday.</p> <p>For example, Amazon is terming their current sale &quot;Countdown to Black Friday,&quot; while Home Depot has coined their sale &quot;Black Friday Prices Starts Now.&quot; Home Depot is selling major appliances for up to 40% off the retail price until Thanksgiving, a discount that will be matched on Black Friday. So why not shop early, avoid the crowd, and get the same deal? This also makes sense at Costco, Kmart, Macy's, Sears, and other big-box stores.</p> <h2>4. Amazon Will Be Price-Matching Like Crazy</h2> <p>The last two years we saw Amazon lowering prices throughout the day on Black Friday in response to what the competition was offering. Look for more of the same this year from the online retail giant.</p> <p>The two retailers they were carefully watching were Best Buy and Walmart. So as a consumer, if you're considering a significant purchase from Best Buy or Walmart, know that Amazon may very well have a lower price by the evening of Black Friday. It may be worth your while to wait and try to nab the lowest price possible. You may even score free shipping.</p> <h2>5. Automate Your Online Coupons for Black Friday</h2> <p>If you're planning on skipping the Black Friday chaos to shop online, be sure you do it with a coupon in-hand. Sign up for coupon alerts at a website like RetailMeNot or SlickDeals, then simply pick the online retailers you know you'll be searching. They'll email you a coupon or deal when they add one to their website, which guarantees you'll maximize your savings.</p> <h2>6. Opt-Out Completely and Save More in December</h2> <p>If the idea of doing any shopping over Thanksgiving weekend makes you cringe, don't worry too much about missing any possible money-saving opportunities. In actuality, according to coupon research at Rather-Be-Shopping.com, many items are <a href="http://www.rather-be-shopping.com/blog/2015/10/27/9-ways-to-hack-your-black-friday-this-year/">cheaper in December</a> than they are on Black Friday.</p> <p><em>Are you planning on shopping on Black Friday? What's your best tip to save money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-convince-a-store-clerk-to-give-you-a-deal">6 Ways to Convince a Store Clerk to Give You a Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-always-ask-yourself-before-making-a-big-purchase">8 Questions to Always Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Purchase</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday coupons deals doorbusters retail Thanksgiving Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:00:17 +0000 Kyle James 1615572 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Things You Shouldn't Buy on Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-shouldnt-buy-on-black-friday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-you-shouldnt-buy-on-black-friday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_buying_tv_000021689986.jpg" alt="Woman learning what not to buy on Black Friday" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found a few things you shouldn&rsquo;t buy on Black Friday, Depression-Era habits you should pick up, and ways to frost-proof your garden.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/what-not-to-buy-on-black-friday/">10 Things You Shouldn&rsquo;t Buy on Black Friday (And When to Buy Them Instead)</a> &mdash; Shopping for HDTVs? You&rsquo;ll find basic sets for cheap, but if you want a brand name product, you'll find better deals in March and April. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Great-Depression-Saving-Tips-32030865">9 Depression-Era Frugal Habits You Need to Pick Up</a> &mdash; Stretch out your household goods by using less. Use less detergent than the bottle suggests, and dilute your hand soap and shampoo with water. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.meanygoat.com/frost-proof-your-garden">Frost-Proof Your Garden</a> &mdash; Cold frames or covers will help protect vegetables from excess rain, snow and low temperatures. And you can build them yourself! [Meany Goat]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/11/16/15-things-to-buy-at-aldi-five-to-avoid/">15 Things to Buy at ALDI (&amp; Five to Avoid)</a> &mdash; Aldi offers a &quot;Fresh Meat Special Buy&quot; every Wednesday. This is your chance to get top cuts of meat at really low prices! [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/gf%C2%A2-059-are-you-making-these-7-mistakes-in-your-retirement-planning/">Are You Making These 7 Mistakes in Your Retirement Planning?</a> &mdash; Listen to this podcast from Good Financial Cents to learn what the common mistakes are in retirement planning. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/4-jobs-for-more-than-20hr/">4 jobs for more than $20/hr</a> &mdash; These hourly jobs are great for students who need a flexible schedule. If you have a unique voice, consider doing voice-work. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/5-inexpensive-ways-decorate-thanksgiving/">5 Inexpensive Ways to Decorate for Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; Interactive placemats are fun and memorable. Cut some craft paper large enough for plates and write prompts like &quot;What are you thankful for&quot; or print puzzles and activities for kids. [Lazy Man and Money]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3974-10-basic-investing-questions-answered">10 Investing Questions You're Too Embarrassed to Ask</a> &mdash; Even the most basic terms in investing jargon can be confusing to a beginner. Here's what you need to know to start investing. [DailyWorth]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2015/11/18/how-to-make-your-worst-case-financial-situation-not-so-bad/">How to Make Your Worst Case Financial Situation Not So Bad</a> &mdash; Buy the things you need when times are good. You'll be glad you took care of the old roof when you could afford to. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-make-adorable-diy-hair-clips">How to Make Adorable DIY Hair Clips</a> &mdash; It's easy to make vintage-looking hair clips from scraps of cloth, broken jewelry, stickers, and charms. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-shouldnt-buy-on-black-friday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday">Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/december-deals-that-are-better-than-black-friday">December Deals That Are Better Than Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips black friday Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:00:13 +0000 Amy Lu 1615506 at http://www.wisebread.com Surprising Ways to Save Even More on Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/surprising-ways-to-save-even-more-on-black-friday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/surprising-ways-to-save-even-more-on-black-friday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holiday_shopping_000052190246.jpg" alt="Woman learning surprising ways to save even more on Black Friday" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are one of the thousands of shoppers who have accepted and triumphed over the challenge of Black Friday's frenzied crowds, early hours, and long lines, you're likely familiar with the slew of benefits associated with shopping on this day of huge discounts and bargains. However, you might be missing out on even more savings and perks if you aren't using your credit cards when you shop. While shoppers might be hesitant to break out the plastic for holiday shopping, Black Friday is one of the best shopping days of the year to use a credit card. Here's why you should only use your credit card on Black Friday. (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-credit-card-perks-you-didnt-know-about?ref=seealso">13 Awesome Credit Card Perks You Didn't Know About</a>)</p> <h2>Extended Warranty</h2> <p>Many credit cards include an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-advantage-of-free-extended-warranty-from-your-credit-card-issuer">extended warranty feature</a> that we often overlook. In most cases, the card will extend the warranty for at least an additional year. This can become a valuable feature especially when many Black Friday sales and discounts include electronics, gaming systems, and appliances. Usually, if you want to extend the manufacturer's warranty on a purchase, you have to pay extra but using a credit card that comes with extended warranty doesn't cost you anything. Check your card agreement to check if there are any limits to the purchases it covers.</p> <p><a title="The Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express" alt="The Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=2&amp;uv=xcard&amp;fot=1292"><img width="154" border="0" height="97" alt="" class="img-exempt" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/amex-everyday-credit-card-111115.png" /></a>The <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=2&amp;uv=xname&amp;fot=1292">Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express</a> includes extended warranty on purchases as well as double points for purchases at US supermarkets (up to $6,000 per year in purchases) plus a 20% boost in points if you make 20 or more purchases in a billing period. Terms and conditions apply. There is no annual fee. <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=2&amp;uv=xend&amp;fot=1292"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Price Protection</h2> <p>Some cards include price protection services for ensuring that you&rsquo;re getting the lowest price possible. Finding the flat screen you waited hours in line for available a week later for an additional $100 off can be maddening. Citi's Price Rewind feature takes care of price matching for you. When you make a purchase with a Citi card, Price Rewind searches online merchants for a lower price on that purchase for 60 days. If the product is available cheaper, you receive a refund of the price difference, up to $300 back per item and a total of up to $1,200 per year.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=47&amp;uv=xcard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" alt="Citi&reg; Double Cash Card" title="Citi&reg; Double Cash Card"><img width="154" border="0" height="98" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/CitiDoubleCash.jpg" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=47&amp;uv=xname" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Citi&reg; Double Cash Card - 18 month BT offer</a> from our partner Citi includes their exclusive Price Rewind feature <em>and</em> offers 1% unlimited cash back on every purchase you make. Then when you pay back your purchase (in full or over time), you'll get an additional 1% cash back. There are no caps or category restrictions, and no annual fee. Perfect for Black Friday shopping! <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=47&amp;uv=xend" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Citi&reg; Double Cash Card - 18 month BT offer today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Theft and Damage Protection</h2> <p>Let's face it, a good deal can stir up any shopper, and things can get hectic on Black Friday. The last thing you want to worry about is stolen or damaged purchases. Many credit cards provide protection against theft or damage &mdash; and often loss, as well &mdash; and will reimburse you the cost of the purchase.</p> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" alt="Blue Cash Preferred&reg; Card from American Express" title="Blue Cash Preferred&reg; Card from American Express" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=6&amp;uv=xcard&amp;fot=1292"><img width="154" border="0" height="98" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" class="img-exempt" src="http://usweb.dotomi.com/cj/feeds/4019917/images/bcpcardart_300x200.jpg" alt="" /></a>American Express cards, for example, include purchase protection which covers your purchases for up to 90 days against theft or damage. This coverage is limited to $1,000 per occurrence, up to $50,000 per calendar year. Plus, with the <a target="_blank" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=6&amp;uv=xname&amp;fot=1292">Blue Cash Preferred&reg; Card from American Express</a>, you'll earn $150 cash back in the form of statement credit after you spend $1,000 in purchases in your first 3 months. Terms and conditions apply.&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=6&amp;uv=xend&amp;fot=1292"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Blue Cash Preferred&reg; Card from American Express today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Return Protection</h2> <p>Because of the very nature of Black Friday, store return policies are often limited. While you might be able to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime deal on cashmere sweaters, it does you no good if you find out your mother-in-law is allergic to cashmere and you can't return them. Another reason to use your credit card for Black Friday shopping is because many include return protection. If the store won't accept your return, you can turn to your card's return protection feature and get a refund that way.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=62&amp;uv=xcard&amp;fot=1292" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" alt="Discover it&reg; - New! Double Cash Back your first year" title="Discover it&reg; - Cashback Match(TM) with No annual fee"><img width="154" border="0" height="98" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/discover-it-garnet-052615.png" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" class="img-exempt" /></a>The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=62&amp;uv=xname&amp;fot=1292" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Discover it&reg; Cashback Match&trade;</a> card offers return protection up to $500 on eligible items within 90 days of purchase. This is more than enough time to find out whether anyone in your family wants those sweaters, and if not, prevent you from being stuck with them. You also get 5% cash back on rotating categories each quarter (up to $1500 every quarter you activate), and Discover <strong>matches</strong> all your cash back your first year as a new cardmember. There is no annual fee. <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=62&amp;uv=xend&amp;fot=1292" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Discover it&reg; Cashback Match&trade; today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Valuable Rewards Programs</h2> <p>You can't really mention the benefits of using credit cards without pointing out the valuable rewards that many offer. If you have a cash back card with rotating rewards, the bonus categories often include popular stores for holiday shopping. What's better than getting an amazing deal on Black Friday, and then getting <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">5% cash back</a> on top of that? When you map out your Black Friday plan, you can figure out which cards to use to earn the most cash back.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=27&amp;uv=xcard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" alt="Capital One&reg; QuickSilver&reg; Cash Rewards Credit Card" title="Capital One&reg; QuickSilver&reg; Cash Rewards Credit Card"><img width="154" border="0" height="98" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/capital-one-quicksilver-cash-rewards-credit-card-040815.png" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" /></a>Cash back cards also award gas and restaurants, which could come in handy when you're driving from store to store, or need to take a break for a bite to eat. If you would rather just get your shopping done without worrying about the types of purchases you're making, the <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=27&amp;uv=xname" target="_blank">Capital One&reg; QuickSilver&reg; Cash Rewards Credit Card</a> awards a flat rate of unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases, which can add up depending on how many deals you come across on Black Friday. <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=27&amp;uv=xend" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Capital One&reg; QuickSilver&reg; Cash Rewards Credit Card today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Cash Sign-Up Bonuses</h2> <p>While it's common for credit cards to offer cash sign-up bonuses, there aren't many shopping days better than Black Friday for taking advantage of those bonuses. Black Friday shoppers aim to complete a large part, if not all, of their holiday shopping, which means it's easier to meet the spending requirements that come with sign-up bonuses. Plus, the sign-up bonus you receive in return, can be counted as an additional discount on your purchases, further maximizing the discounts you already scored shopping on Black Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=17&amp;uv=xcard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" alt="BankAmericard Cash Rewards&trade; Card" title="BankAmericard Cash Rewards&trade; Card"><img width="154" border="0" height="98" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/BoA_Cash_Rewards-154.jpg" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=17&amp;uv=xname" target="_blank">BankAmericard Cash Rewards&trade; Card</a> offers $100 cash back if you spend $500 with the card within your first 90 days of account opening. It also awards 2% cash back on grocery store and wholesale club purchases and 3% on gas (up to $2500 in combined grocery, wholesale club, and gas purchases each quarter). Get a 10% bonus when you redeem your cash back into a Bank of America checking or savings account. <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=136&amp;pid=17&amp;uv=xend" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the BankAmericard Cash Rewards&trade; Card today!</strong></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christina-majaski">Christina Majaski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surprising-ways-to-save-even-more-on-black-friday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys">Easy Ways to Save on 7 Everyday Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-the-holidays">Best Credit Cards for the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday">Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/december-deals-that-are-better-than-black-friday">December Deals That Are Better Than Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-5-cash-back-on-holiday-purchases">How to Get 5% Cash Back on Holiday Purchases</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Shopping black friday budget holiday shopping saving money Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:15:52 +0000 Christina Majaski 1613660 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sale_sign_000047847430.jpg" alt="Woman shopping on shopping deal days that aren&#039;t Black Friday" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With just a few weeks left before Black Friday, you may be gearing up to start your Christmas shopping. However, it may surprise you that 32 million Americans started their Christmas shopping during the summer, according to a survey by creditcards.com.</p> <p>Even more shocking, 4.6 million ultra early-bird shoppers are already done!</p> <p>If you're wondering why people aren't starting their holiday shopping on Black Friday, the reason is that there are plenty of other major days for deals. Here is your ultimate calendar of shopping days that provide major savings.</p> <h2>1. Amazon Prime Day (Sometime in July)</h2> <p>While some people posted several <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/kanikateng/the-26-best-responses-to-amazon-prime-day-9wy1#.obzD54rdXj">funny responses</a> to Amazon's well-publicized Prime Day earlier this year, many Americans surely took advantage of it, <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/16/technology/amazon-prime-day-sales-increase/">rocketing sales</a> by 93%.</p> <p>Here is a <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/all-the-best-amazon-prime-day-deals/">sample of the savings</a> last July 15, 2015:</p> <ul> <li>28% off GoPro HERO4 bundle (sale price: $499.99)</li> <li>47% off Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones (sale price: $80)</li> <li>34% off iRobot Robot Roomba (sale price: $250)</li> <li>38% off Amazon Fire TV Stick (sale price: $24.00)</li> </ul> <p>While Amazon hasn't announced if it would reprise its Prime Day in 2016, it's a good idea to save your chance for a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=200444170&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GC3X3QSN6ZADLVZN">free trial of Amazon Prime</a> until July 2016 to potentially take advantage of this major shopping day. If you already have a Prime membership, make sure you use it then. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know?ref=seealso">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a>)</p> <h2>2. Singles Day (November 11th)</h2> <p>Forget Black Friday, Singles Day (created by Chinese company <a href="http://www.alibaba.com/">Alibaba</a>) is the largest shopping day in the world! In 2014, Singles Day hit a new record of <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/liyanchen/2014/11/10/happy-singles-day-chinas-anti-valentines-festival-is-the-worlds-biggest-e-commerce-holiday/">$9.3 billion (RMB 57.1 billion)</a> in gross merchandise sales, a 60% increase from last year's $5.8 billion. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-big-tech-stocks-offering-big-returns?ref=seealso">4 Big Tech Stocks Offering Big Returns</a>)</p> <p>Only 27 merchants took part in Singles Day back when it first started in 2009. In just five years, that number grew to an estimated 27,000. Non-Chinese companies are also eager to jump in the game and more than 200 merchants from over 20 countries participated last year.</p> <p>For 2015, the total value of discounted coupons is estimated to be <a href="http://multichannelmerchant.com/must-reads/alibaba-unveils-omnichannel-retailing-plans-singles-day-2015-22102015/#_">$0.7 billion (RMB 4.8 billion)</a>.</p> <h2>3. Small Business Saturday (Saturday After Thanksgiving)</h2> <p>In 2014, 88 million Americans &quot;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/nicoleleinbachreyhle/2014/12/02/small-business-saturday-2014-stood-strong-among-communities-and-small-businesses/">shopped small</a>&quot; on Small Business Saturday, up 14.9% from the previous year, spending about $14.3 billion at independent retailers and restaurants.</p> <p>To help its cardmembers in supporting their favorite local shops and small businesses, in previous years American Express has offered up to three $10 statement credits per eligible American Express Card for shopping at participating stores. In 2014, registration for this perk took place between November 1st and November 29th, so keep an eye on your American Express card portal and sign up for it under the &quot;Amex Offers &amp; Benefits&quot; tab.</p> <h2>4. Cyber Monday (Monday After Thanksgiving)</h2> <p>This major shopping day has proven so successful for U.S. retailers that some of them, such as <a href="http://www.target.com/c/cyber-monday/-/N-5q0f1">Target</a>, <a href="http://www.walmart.com/cp/cyber-monday/546840">Walmart</a>, and <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/misc/cyber-monday/pcmcat309500050010.c?id=pcmcat309500050010">Best Buy</a>, already have landing pages for Cyber Monday (November 30, 2015) and extend some of the savings throughout &quot;Cyber Week.&quot;</p> <p>Here are some examples of past savings during Cyber Monday:</p> <ul> <li>In 2014, Amazon cut down the price of its Fire TV by $30 to $69.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>In 2014, Best Buy reduced the price of Sharp Aquos Q+ Series 70&quot; Class LED 1080p 240Hz Smart HDTV by $1,100 to $1,799.99.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>In 2013, Newegg shaved off $100 of the LG G Pad 8.3 and offered it at $249.</li> </ul> <h2>5. Green Monday (Early December)</h2> <p><a href="http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press-Releases/2007/12/Holiday-Retail-Green-Monday">Created by eBay</a> in 2007, Green Monday is held the second Monday of every December. Sorry environmentalists, this day has nothing to do with hugging trees &mdash; it's all about saving some greenbacks!</p> <p>Since 2010, Green Monday has consistently ranked as the <a href="http://www.thestreet.com/story/12140553/1/green-monday-deals-where-are-they-at-wal-mart.html">third heaviest online sales day</a> of the year. And for good reason: Many retailers, including Walmart, Sears, Macy's, J.C. Penney, and Amazon take part of this shopping day. According to deals site FatWallet, about <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/green-monday-is-the-poor-mans-cyber-monday-2014-12-05">70% of retailers</a> take part of this day, offering 20% to 50% in discounts for toys and electronics.</p> <h2>6. Free Shipping Day (Middle December)</h2> <p>Taking place on December 18th this year, Free Shipping Day capitalizes on two big trends. First, more and more late Christmas shoppers are looking for free shipping with guaranteed arrival by Christmas Eve. Second, 90% of consumers spend more when <a href="http://www.freeshippingday.com/about/">offered free delivery</a>, and nearly 50% of them will abandon an online shopping cart if met with high shipping fees.</p> <p>The full list of participating merchants will be revealed at the same site at 12:01am EST on Friday, December 18, 2015. On top of guaranteed free shipping by Christmas Eve, most companies offer discount codes and coupons.</p> <h2>7. Super Saturday (Saturday Before Christmas)</h2> <p>Many shoppers won't be done until Christmas Eve. Retailers know this and are willing to provide some last minute savings on Super Saturday. While sale offers may differ among retailers, deals site DealNews found that last year Super Saturday offered good savings in <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/What-to-Expect-from-Super-Saturday-Sales/">TVs, appliances, and clothes</a> (except shoes).</p> <p>Some <a href="http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2014/12/super_saturday_sale_2014_amazo.html">sample savings</a> from 2014's Super Saturday were:</p> <ul> <li>Kmart: Westinghouse 39&quot; TV ($239.99 with free shipping)</li> <li>Sears: Kenmore 1.6-Cubic-Foot Over-the-Range Microwave ($189.99)</li> <li>Sears: Kenmore 25-Cubic-Foot Side-by-Side Refrigerator ($985.28)</li> <li>Target: Samsung 32&quot; HDTV ($199.99)</li> <li>Target: Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Gaming System ($149.99)</li> <li>Walmart: 55&quot; LED HDTV ($678)</li> <li>Walmart: GoPro HERO3: White Edition Action Camcorder ($199)</li> </ul> <p><em>What are other major shopping days besides Black Friday?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-amazon-prime-perks-youve-forgotten-to-use">7 Amazon Prime Perks You&#039;ve Forgotten to Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-always-ask-yourself-before-making-a-big-purchase">8 Questions to Always Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Purchase</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon black friday buy local cyber monday deals free shipping sales Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:15:51 +0000 Damian Davila 1606438 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Black Friday Predictions to Help You Shop http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-black-friday-predictions-to-help-you-shop <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-black-friday-predictions-to-help-you-shop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_black_friday_shopping_000051966522.jpg" alt="Woman predicting Black Friday shopping deals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on deals to expect this Black Friday, top-notch career advice, and what you need to know about mobile payment apps and identity theft.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0920/It-s-never-too-early-for-these-21-Black-Friday-predictions">It's never too early for these 21 Black Friday predictions</a> &mdash; You'll likely see the iconic KitchenAid stand mixer for as low as $100 after coupons and rebates. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Career-Advice-38400406">Real People Share the Greatest Career Advice They've Ever Received</a> &mdash; No matter where you go, carry yourself with confidence and act like you belong &mdash; because you do! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/mobile-payment-apps-identity-theft/">Mobile Payment Apps and Identity Theft: What You Need to Know</a> &mdash; One way to lessen your risk of identity theft is to download updates as soon as they're available. These updates often contain patches to fix vulnerabilities. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/careers-that-cannot-be-automated">Don&rsquo;t Be Replaceable: 3 Career Fields That Can&rsquo;t Be Done By Robots (Yet)</a> &mdash; Healthcare workers are the least likely to be replaced by robots because they need to serve their patients in person and with a human touch. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/kids-and-money/two-important-discussions-to-have-with-college-bound-teens/">Two Important Discussions to Have with College-Bound Teens</a> &mdash; A degree can help, but it isn't the only way to advance on your career path. [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/dining-efficiency-ways-to-split-the-bill/">Dining Efficiency: Ways to Split the Bill</a> &mdash; Bill-splitting apps like Billr and COVER make it quick and easy to figure out who owes how much when friends dine out. [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/taxes/T054-C000-S001-states-where-taxes-are-going-up.html">States Where Taxes Are Going Up</a> &mdash; Kansas has increased its sales tax to 6.5% in an effort to close a $400-million budget gap. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/parents-work-in-retirement-years/">Should Your Parents Work in their Retirement Years?</a> &mdash; Working may be the only option if your parents don't have the resources to retire fully, but this doesn't have to be a bad thing. It can be their chance to finally pursue their dream careers. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/solopreneur-success-community/">Solopreneur Success: How I Built a Community of 3,000 Loyal Subscribers</a> &mdash; You'll gain more followers by regularly providing actionable tips that your readers can't get anywhere else. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/watch-childrens-imaginations-brought-to-life-for-childhood-cancer-awareness-month">Watch Children's Imaginations Brought to Life for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month</a> &mdash; Childhood cancer patients star in a short animated video set in their happy places! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-black-friday-predictions-to-help-you-shop">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday">Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/december-deals-that-are-better-than-black-friday">December Deals That Are Better Than Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips black friday Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:00:19 +0000 Amy Lu 1567022 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's What You Spent on This Holiday Season http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-you-spent-on-this-holiday-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-what-you-spent-on-this-holiday-season" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-christmas-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_70911498.jpg" alt="woman christmas shopping" title="woman christmas shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Perhaps just as interesting as how much you spent on holiday shopping is <em>how</em> you spent it. Far fewer people shopped in stores than ever before during the five-day holiday shopping bonanza that spans Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday. For the first time, online traffic from mobile devices&nbsp;<a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/software/marketing-solutions/benchmark-reports/black-friday-report-2014.pdf">outpaced traditional desktop computers</a>&nbsp;on Thanksgiving Day. (When it comes to mobile sales, tablets are king, driving 36% more sales than smartphones.)</p> <p>From bizarre gift categories to eBay's most popular zip code, read on for a surprising snapshot of what you bought and where you spent it, based on the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday stats.</p> <h2>1. $243 on Home Goods</h2> <p>From accent pillows to cutlery, home goods were high on holiday shopping lists nationwide. Year-over-year online sales for home goods spiked 7% on Black Friday and 12% on Cyber Monday. All told, the average order total on these two days came in at $243.</p> <h2>2. $180,000 on Boxes of Poop (No, Really)</h2> <p>More than 30,000 people unwittingly purchased a box of poop on Black Friday. Or, more precisely, a box of pasteurized bull feces from a cattle ranch in Texas. Huh?</p> <p><a href="http://cardsagainsthumanity.com/">Cards Against Humanity</a>, the company that makes the eponymous fill-in-the-blank adult card game, added a new item to its website on Black Friday: &quot;Bullshit&quot; priced at $6. And hoards of people bought it, not realizing that its billing on the website was actually quite literal.</p> <p>Cards Against Humanity made&nbsp;<a href="http://time.com/3634443/cards-against-humanity-poop-black-friday/">20 cents on each $6 box</a> of excrement, according to Time magazine. But the company won't actually profit on this strange and stinky stunt. The $36,000 will be donated to <a href="http://www.heifer.org/">Heifer International</a>, a charity that gifts livestock to impoverished people with the goal of fending off hunger while also providing a source of financial stability.</p> <h2>3. $145 on Department Store Goods</h2> <p>Kohl's, the Wisconsin-based department store with nearly 1,200 locations in 49 states, cashed in on Black Friday big time, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2014/12/01/apple-samsung-ea-and-microsoft-were-black-friday-and-cyber-monday-winners/">earning the most mentions</a> of any other retailer on Twitter and Facebook. That's the good news for traditional brick and mortar department stores. The bad news is that the runners up were Apple, Samsung, Amazon, and Microsoft, indicating a huge national preference for online shopping and the gadgets that make it all possible. Perhaps that's why the average online order value for department store goods on Black Friday and Cyber Monday came in at a cool $145. That's a year-over-year decrease of 3% on Black Friday and 10% on Cyber Monday.</p> <h2>4. $108 on Apparel</h2> <p>Nearly 80% of Americans planned on <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/179756/cautious-christmas-shoppers-eye-clothing-toys.aspx">making clothing purchases</a> in the weeks leading up to Christmas, according to a recent Gallup poll. Nonetheless, the year-over-year average order value for apparel dropped 7% on Black Friday and 2% on Cyber Monday, lowering the average order amount to $108.</p> <h2>5. 2.5 Million eBay Purchases</h2> <p>Sales at online retailer eBay climbed an astounding 19% on Cyber Monday. All told, there were <a href="http://blog.ebay.com/breaking-down-black-friday-cyber-monday-on-ebay/">more than 2.5 million transactions</a> on the online auction site on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the company reports. Interestingly, Prairie Grove, Arkansas, with a population of just 2,540, bought more items on eBay on Cyber Monday than any other zip code in the U.S. Trailing behind Prairie Grove were Miami, Florida, Alpharetta, Georgia, and Santa Clara, California.</p> <h2>6. $65 on Health and Beauty</h2> <p>The average online order value for a health and beauty purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday peaked at $65, marking a 10% increase over last year's numbers for Black Friday and a 4% spike for Cyber Monday.</p> <p>If your credit card's still smoking from all those swipes, be consoled: Holiday gift-giving is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cep.ucsb.edu/papers/DeltonKrasnowCosmidesTooby2011_withSI.pdf">remarkably rewarding</a>, often providing us with a warm and fuzzy feeling that not even a high credit card balance can ward off.</p> <p><em>How much did you spend this holiday season?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-you-spent-on-this-holiday-season">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-art-of-the-group-gift">The Art of the Group Gift</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday">Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/december-deals-that-are-better-than-black-friday">December Deals That Are Better Than Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/even-more-black-friday-savings-tips-from-shopping-experts">Even More Black Friday Savings Tips From Shopping Experts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday gifts holiday shopping Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:00:12 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1274862 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Will You Be Shopping on Black Friday? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-will-you-be-shopping-on-black-friday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-will-you-be-shopping-on-black-friday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women-shopping-sale-176812566-small.jpg" alt="women shopping sale" title="women shopping sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-will-you-be-shopping-on-black-friday#comment-759519">Lani</a>, Christie, and Simone for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>One of the year's biggest retail events is almost upon us! Black Friday and its less chaotic sibling Cyber Monday promises deep discounts and virtual steals if you know where to look. And if you really need a new TV. The rest of us will probably still be eating Thanksgiving leftovers.</p> <p><strong>Will you be shopping on Black Friday?</strong> Are you shopping in person or online? What's on your shopping list this year? What is your favorite Black Friday shopping tip?</p> <p>Tell us whether you are shopping on Black Friday and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa154/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857dfa154">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, November 24th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after November 24th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether you are shopping on Black Friday and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-will-you-be-shopping-on-black-friday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-do-black-friday">Ask the Readers: Do You Do Black Friday?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-volunteer-experience-had-the-deepest-impact-on-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Volunteer Experience Had the Deepest Impact on You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers black friday Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1255178 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Essential Tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-essential-tips-for-black-friday-and-cyber-monday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-essential-tips-for-black-friday-and-cyber-monday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-laptop-iStock_000038703478Small.jpg" alt="woman laptop" title="woman laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some helpful articles with tips for shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, stretching your holiday shopping dollar, and the best price-comparison apps.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/tips-shopping-black-friday-cyber-monday/">10 Essential Tips for Shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday &mdash; Don't You Dare Dare Shop Without Reading This</a> &mdash; Check the Internet in intervals! You'll likely find different deals at different parts of the day. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-tips-on-how-to-stretch-your-holiday-shopping-dollar">8 Tips on How to Stretch Your Holiday Shopping Dollar</a> &mdash; Give the gift of service and time by offering to paint part of a friend's home, give a massage, or fix something around the house. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/30-best-price-comparison-apps-you-need-download-now.html">30 Best Price-Comparison Apps You Need to Download Now</a> &mdash; ScanLife allows you to scan a barcode and see the cost (and customer reviews) across a variety of retailers. [Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Habits-Stressed-People-34935933">13 Stress-Inducing Habits and How to Avoid Them</a> &mdash; Don't obsess over things you can't change. Accept that there's nothing you can do in this particular instance, and move on. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://inspiremetoday.com/blog/7-ways-feel-good-fun-changing-season/">7 Ways to Have Some Feel-Good Fun for the Changing Season</a> &mdash; Throw on a hoodie and take a nature walk! [Inspire Me Today]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/11/03/do-nice-guys-finish-last-financially/">Do Nice Guys Finish Last&hellip; Financially?</a> &mdash; Don't spend money you don't have to help people who may not even need your help. You need to stick to a budget, even when being generous. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/how-to-set-yourself-apart-from-other-interviewees.html">How to Set Yourself Apart From Other Interviewees</a> &mdash; Go to events hosted by the company you want to join and events that their employees often attend. This is a great way to network with people who already work at the company you aim to get into. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/fell-off-financial-wagon/">So You Fell Off the Wagon</a> &mdash; Being too strict on yourself when you set a financial goal (or any goal!) can trip you up when you start craving that thing you shouldn't have. Allow yourself small indulgences so you don't feel the need to binge. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/my-secret-to-making-a-fulltime-living-on-fiverr/">My Secret to Making a Fulltime Living on Fiverr</a> &mdash; Use your first 30 days as a Green Horn Seller to your fullest advantage: undercut the competition, over deliver on quality, and gain positive feedback. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://retirementrevised.com/the-50-plus-job-market-5-trends-to-watch/">The 50-Plus Job Market: 5 Trends to Watch</a> &mdash; Although long-term joblessness among workers over 55 remains a problem, the average number of weeks between jobs has fallen since a year ago. [Retirement Revised]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-essential-tips-for-black-friday-and-cyber-monday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/black-friday-tips-from-money-saving-experts">Black Friday Tips From Money-Saving Experts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday">Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cyber-monday-tips-from-our-senior-editor">Cyber Monday Tips From Our Senior Editor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips black friday cyber monday Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1250941 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save $1,000 by Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-1000-by-black-friday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-1000-by-black-friday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-finances-computer-86502704-small.jpg" alt="man doing finances" title="man doing finances" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving $1,000 by Black Friday, why you should book holiday travel now, and finding ideas for part time business.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/saving/T063-C011-S001-ways-to-save-1-000-by-black-friday.html?si=1">Ways to Save $1,000 by Black Friday</a> &mdash; Adjusting your tax withholding and ditching your gym membership can help you save $1,000 by Black Friday. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/why-you-should-book-holiday-travel-if-you-havent-already">Why You Should Book Holiday Travel If You Haven't Already</a> &mdash; If you plan on traveling the day before Thanksgiving, book your ticket now! [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/part-time-business-ideas/">How to Find Ideas for a Part Time Business</a> &mdash; When trying to find ideas for a part time business, make a list of things you are good at doing. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/tips-for-a-frugal-fun-and-enjoying-road-trip/">Tips for a Frugal, Fun and Enjoying Road Trip</a> &mdash; Keeping an average speed and setting a food budget can keep your road trip frugal and fun. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://kylieofiu.com/2014/09/stop-poor/">How to Stop Being Poor</a> &mdash; Changing your mindset and getting out of debt can help you stop being poor. [Kylie Ofiu]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/College-Hacks-35796873">32 College Hacks You Won't Learn From Your Professors</a> &mdash; Chances are your college professors won't teach you not to shop for food when you are hungry or inebriated. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lbeeandthemoneytree.com/5-homeownership-lessons/">5 Lessons Learned From My First Year of Homeownership</a> &mdash; If you are going to purchase a home, invest in a toolbox and remember that most things are really easy to DIY. [L Bee and the Money Tree]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/how-to-survive-a-night-out-on-the-town-when-youre-on-a-budget/">How to Survive a Night Out on the Town When You&rsquo;re on a Budget</a> &mdash; To survive a night out on a budget, only bring cash! [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/personal-finance/top-4-finance-lessons-for-your-30s/">Top 4 Finance Lessons for Your 30s</a> &mdash; In your 30s, it is vital to revamp your retirement plan. [SmartAsset Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/celebrate-the-season-with-these-fall-dishes">Celebrate the Season With These Fall Dishes</a> &mdash; Celebrate fall with roasted root vegetables! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-1000-by-black-friday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday">Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/december-deals-that-are-better-than-black-friday">December Deals That Are Better Than Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips black friday save Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:00:12 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1222419 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Don't Fall for These Black Friday Tricks http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-dont-fall-for-these-black-friday-tricks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-dont-fall-for-these-black-friday-tricks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/black-friday-185848871.jpg" alt="black friday box" title="black friday box" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on Black Friday tricks you shouldn&#39;t fall for, working part time in college, and frugal Christmas decorations.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/black-friday-dirty-tricks/">Black Friday Deals: Don&#39;t Fall for These Dirty Tricks</a> &mdash; Don&#39;t fall for advertisements that make you think a price is good when it&#39;s not. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://youngadultfinances.com/working-part-time-in-college-four-common-university-jobs/">Working Part Time in College: Four Common University Jobs</a> &mdash; College students can make extra money as note takers or tutors. [Young Adult Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/961118a.cfm?slider">Frugal Christmas Decorations</a> &mdash; Keep your Christmas decorations frugal this year by making small bowls of potpourri and placing them around your house. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/unhappy-with-your-financial-situation/">3 Reasons Why You&#39;re Unhappy with Your Financial Situation - Even Though You Have Enough</a> &mdash; You may be unhappy with your financial situation because you don&#39;t have a purpose for your money. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/frugality/three-ways-to-prepare-for-a-financially-joyful-holiday-season/">Three Ways to Prepare for a Financially Joyful Holiday Season</a> &mdash; To prepare for a financially joyful holiday season, don&#39;t forget that experiences make great gifts. [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/black-friday-5-good-reasons-stay-home/">Black Friday: 5 good reasons to stay home</a> &mdash; In store prices might not be better than the prices you will find online, so consider staying home this Black Friday! [Living On The Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/make-thankgiving-last/">3 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Last All Year Long</a> &mdash; To make Thanksgiving last all year long, give of your time and talents. [Christian Personal Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/why-wait-start-new-years-resolutions-now/">Why Wait? Start Your New Year&#39;s Resolutions Now!</a> &mdash; Starting your New Year&#39;s resolutions now because the sooner you start (especially with financial resolutions), the less money you waste! [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Unclog-Toilet-Without-Plunger-32587235">Genius! Unclog Your Toilet Without a Plunger</a> &mdash; Did you know you can unclog your toilet with dishwashing soap and warm water? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/grateful-for-moms-night-out-5-ideas-you-and-your-friends-will-love">Grateful for Moms Night Out! 5 Ideas You and Your Friends Will Love</a> &mdash; During your next moms night out, host a &quot;favorite things&quot; party. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-dont-fall-for-these-black-friday-tricks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/december-deals-that-are-better-than-black-friday">December Deals That Are Better Than Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/da-buy-world-considering-blue-saturday">Da&#039; Buy World: Considering &quot;Blue Saturday&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stampede-death-walmart-black-friday">How many human lives is a flat panel TV worth?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys">Easy Ways to Save on 7 Everyday Buys</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips black friday shopping tricks Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:48:07 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1098750 at http://www.wisebread.com