black friday http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8212/all en-US Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_holiday_shopping_590041514.jpg" alt="Couple finding ways to survive the Black Friday madness" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Black Friday shopping isn't always fun. In fact, most of the time, it's the opposite of fun. But even though there are crowds everywhere, the weather is most likely extremely cold, and you're still working off the food coma from yesterday, the Black Friday hustle is worth it for the amazing deals you can score. Here are 30 brilliant ways to survive the madness of Black Friday.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/women_holiday_shopping_000052946922.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-black-friday-craziness-is-worth-it?ref=fbf">5 Reasons Black Friday Craziness Is Worth It</a> &mdash; It's not all bad. You can finish up your gift shopping in one day, there's the thrill of the chase, and getting big discounts on all your purchases is so much fun. Even though you're cranky and tired, there are several upsides to this annual shopping celebration.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday?ref=fbf">Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday</a> &mdash; In order to fully assess what you're dealing with on Black Friday, it's important to know why so many people get sucked into it. Hint: it's all based in strategy and psychology. Incredibly fascinating!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_shopping_tablet_000071622233.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home?ref=fbf">6 Ways to Score a Black Friday Deal Without Leaving Home</a> &mdash; The best way to shop Black Friday deals is to do it without wearing pants. And the only way to do that (without getting arrested) is to do all your Black Friday shopping at home. Just pull up your computer and fill up that cart!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/women_shopping_bags_78628943.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday?ref=fbf">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive Black Friday</a> &mdash; The real winners of Black Friday? The frugal folks. Many frugal living skills you use in your everyday life and financial planning goals can be applied to Black Friday as well. And these are skills you need just to get through Black Friday without destroying your budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-spend-black-friday-at-home?ref=fbf">6 Ways to Spend Black Friday at Home</a> &mdash; Believe it or not, people will head out on Black Friday even if they aren't interested in shopping. It's a holiday weekend, so people will head out to eat, to the movies, and everywhere else. So if you're looking to do the opposite of that and relax at home, here are some low-key ways to celebrate sans crowds.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">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/flashback-friday-44-sneaky-shopping-traps-to-avoid">Flashback Friday: 44 Sneaky Shopping Traps to Avoid</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/flashback-friday-49-smartest-amazon-hacks-that-will-save-you-big">Flashback Friday: 49 Smartest Amazon Hacks That Will Save You Big</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/flashback-friday-47-best-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: 47 Best Back-to-School Shopping Hacks Ever</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/9-frugal-skills-you-must-have-to-survive-autumn">9 Frugal Skills You Must Have to Survive Autumn</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/flashback-friday-85-best-ways-to-save-on-halloween-this-year">Flashback Friday: 85 Best Ways to Save on Halloween This Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping black friday black friday tips fbf flashback friday frugal living holiday shopping sales shopping shopping hacks Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:00:16 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1839704 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Avoid These Retailer Tricks on Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-avoid-these-retailer-tricks-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-avoid-these-retailer-tricks-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/couple_shopping_holidays_501359918.jpg" alt="Couple avoiding retailer tricks 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 trick that retailers will try to use on Black Friday, ways to recover from a bad first impression, and tips to help you save money at hotels.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/lifestyle/shopping/10-tricks-retailers-will-try-to-use-on-black-friday/71604">10 Tricks Retailers Will Try To Use On Black Friday</a> &mdash; Check a product's specs before you buy. Stores often put cheaper versions of an item on sale to make you think you're getting a great deal. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="https://www.lupgrade.com/6-ways-recover-bad-first-impression/">6 Ways To Recover From A Bad First Impression</a> &mdash; Apologize as soon as you realize you've painted an bad image of yourself. A speedy and sincere apology will help minimize the damage. [Life Upgrade]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Save-Hotels-41178939">17 Ways to Save Money at Hotels</a> &mdash; Travel often? Sign up for the rewards program offered by your favorite chain. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T050-C000-S001-7-best-things-to-buy-at-the-dollar-store.html">7 Best Things to Buy at the Dollar Store</a> &mdash; Multipack greeting cards go for only $1 at a dollar store. At a supermarket, each card starts at around $3. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1120/Tips-to-lower-the-cost-of-your-ride-share-trips">Tips to lower the cost of your ride-share trips</a> &mdash; If you have time to spare, consider ride-share carpooling to cut your fare by as much as half. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2016/11/7-tips-happy-thanksgiving-difficult-relatives/">7 Tips for Having a Happy Thanksgiving with Your Difficult Relatives</a> &mdash; Topics that seem innocuous to you may rub someone else the wrong way. Stick to open-ended questions that show your interest while allowing the other person to choose what they want to talk about. [Gretchin Rubin]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/6-ways-making-depression-worse/">6 Ways You Are Making Your Depression Worse</a> &mdash; Depression is a real problem, and certain habits &mdash; like avoiding your friends and staying inside &mdash;can make it harder to get out of the funk. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bestkeptself.com/2016/11/21/10-tips-to-hijack-your-morning-routine/">Ten tips to hijack your morning routine</a> &mdash; You're less likely to skip a workout when you get it done first thing in the morning. It sets the tone for the rest of your day. [Best Kept Self]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2016/11/5-habits-costing-money/">5 Habits That Are Costing You Money</a> &mdash; Standing in front of the refrigerator with the door open can do a number on your electric bills. If you need something from the fridge, get it quick. [Dinks Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-involve-your-children-in-thanksgiving-preparations">How to Involve Your Children in Thanksgiving Preparations</a> &mdash; Break out the arts and crafts supplies and get creative! Build a gratitude board with your kids with words and images of all the things they're thankful for. [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-avoid-these-retailer-tricks-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-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/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</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/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</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-things-not-to-buy-on-black-friday">7 Things Not to Buy 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/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive 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/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips black friday retailer tricks Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:30:24 +0000 Amy Lu 1838518 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Things Not to Buy on Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-not-to-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="/7-things-not-to-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_VR_headset_522315038.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>If I had to choose one word to describe Black Friday, it would be pande-frickin'-monium. Consumers go berserk for doorbusters, big deals, and deep discounts, but all may not be as it seems. Take a look at these typical Black Friday &quot;best buys&quot; that are anything but to help stretch your budget and keep your sanity in check.</p> <h2>1. Virtual Reality Headsets</h2> <p>Primitive virtual reality headsets have been around for a few years now, but they're just starting to enter mainstream technology now that major tech players, like Sony, are designing their own devices. The main problem here, however, is that the tech still isn't where it needs to be to justify the high cost of these coveted Christmas-list items.</p> <p>&quot;Though it's tempting to get your hands on a virtual reality headset, we recommend sitting it out for one more year,&quot; suggests BuyVia, a website and mobile app that combines in-store and online shopping across smartphones, tablets, and laptops. &quot;In order for the headset to be worthwhile, you need a high-end fast PC, which can be pricey without giving you great results. For instance, The Core i5 processor will run you at least $800, plus the Nvidia GTX 970 video card. The PlayStation VR costs $400 but is still pretty slow, and has limited software selection and tracking problems.&quot;</p> <p>Of course, given VR's popularity right now, you do run the risk of crushing someone's holiday hopes, like, big time, if you opt out on this item &mdash; but, eh, whatever. There's always next year.</p> <h2>2. Winter Apparel</h2> <p>It's not that you won't find great deals on winter apparel this time of year, but Black Friday may not be the best day to go on a shopping spree for the long johns and wool socks that your nephews are totally dreading. (Seriously &mdash; eeeevery year, lady?)</p> <p>&quot;While you're sure to see deals on select clothing items during Black Friday, it's better to hold off until Cyber Monday when sitewide savings of 60% plus free shipping give you more options,&quot; says savings expert Kendal Perez of <a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com">Coupon Sherpa</a>. &quot;Black Friday clothing deals are often limited to one brand or style &mdash; a crew-neck cashmere sweater, for example. What's more, discounts on winter clothing and boots are deeper in January, when these garments go on clearance to make room for spring styles, which typically debut on showroom floors in February.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Health and Beauty Items</h2> <p>Like clothing, wait until Cyber Monday and deeper-in-December sales. Prices on individual items and sets, as well as discounts for brands and subcategories, will be much better.</p> <p>&quot;You may find a few spectacular doorbuster-like deals on makeup, polish, and fragrances, but waiting until the traditional storewide discounts we see on Cyber Monday will bring you a bigger selection of items to choose from,&quot; <a href="https://www.fatwallet.com/">FatWallet.com</a>'s Brent Shelton says.</p> <p>Or you can do what I do: Wait until after the holidays to pick up grooming sets, from brands like Axe and Old Spice, at slashed prices and stash them away until next year. Just make sure the products won't expire within a year or two. Which is important &mdash; unless you like the idea of giving your brother a holiday rash.</p> <h2>4. Tools</h2> <p>You may be getting fooled on tools on Black Friday, according to Mike Catania, founder of thesaving community <a href="http://www.promotioncode.org">PromotionCode.org</a>.</p> <p>&quot;While there are plenty of Black Friday 'sales' for tools, the reality is that they're marked up more for the holidays than any other time of the year,&quot; he says. The offers look good on paper &mdash; up to 30% off &mdash; but the original price is 40% higher than it was at the end of summer. This is particularly true for tools in the quality range beneath 'pro-sumer.'&quot;</p> <p>This doesn't mean that hubby can't get the new table saw that he'll use once before he starts using it as a storage surface. Just do your research and compare prices before purchasing.</p> <h2>5. 1080p HDTVs</h2> <p>Flat-screen TVs have long been a staple of Black Friday doorbusters &mdash; many shoppers have the trample marks to prove it. But this year, 1080p versions are hitting the skids for higher-end (but still affordable) 4K HDTVs.</p> <p>&quot;4K is definitely the future of TV, and the price has dropped significantly over the last year; a 50-inch 4K HDTV is about $400,&quot; writes BuyVia in a recent blog post <a href="https://www.buyvia.com/blog/not-buy-black-friday-2016/">about Black Friday</a>. &quot;4Ks are optimized for Blu-ray, Netflix, Amazon, DirectTV, and YouTube, and you can add Smart TV functionality with an inexpensive $40 Roku box. Plus, if you want to spend a little more money, you can find a 4K TV with HDR imaging for incredible image quality.&quot;</p> <p>The one and only issue I have with this trend &mdash; and full disclosure, I own 4K TVs myself &mdash; is that cable technology hasn't caught up with TV tech. It may be another year or two until you'll get the full experience of 4K, but you can at least take advantage of the Internet-connected &quot;smart&quot; part of the sets in the meantime.</p> <h2>6. Home Furnishings</h2> <p>The general consensus here is that you should avoid buying new furniture this time of year, not just specifically on Black Friday. Perez explains why.</p> <p>&quot;Black Friday is all about doorbuster deals on TVs, gaming consoles, tablets, and other electronics,&quot; she says. &quot;Rarely do we see an epic deal on love seats and recliners, and Black Friday deals for national chains like Crate &amp; Barrel, West Elm, Pottery Barn, and the like are minimal, often limited 15% to 20% off select items and deals on holiday accessories which don't compete with post-holiday sales. Furniture deals are better in January and July/August, when new styles debut and clearance prices offer better savings compared to Black Friday discounts.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Gift Cards</h2> <p>Boy, do I love a good gift card &mdash; mostly so I can exchange all the long johns and wool socks my aunt gave me yet again and get what I want. Deal-wise, though, you're better off waiting until December to stock up on these precious pieces of plastic, says Perez.</p> <p>&quot;Gift cards are a better buy in December when restaurants and select retailers offer bonus cards with gift card purchases. In the past, we've seen free $5 to $25 bonus gift cards with purchase of restaurant gift cards $25 to $50 from Chili's, Benihana, Olive Garden, and more. Retailers like LL Bean, DSW, The Children's Place, and Toys 'R Us also offered free gift cards ranging from $5 to $25 last December with select purchases.&quot;</p> <h2>Two More Holiday-Shopping Pro Tips</h2> <p>Speaking of doorbusters, here are a couple of freebies.</p> <h3>1. Be Patient, Then Pounce</h3> <p>As the holiday season progresses, so does the competition for your dollar.</p> <p>&quot;There is no need to rush into buying as a majority of retailers run comparable sales throughout the holiday season,&quot; says e-commerce business owner Bob Ellis. &quot;It's a competitive time for retailers and they will do what they will to win your business.&quot;</p> <p>Also, if you don't see the deal you are want, ask for it. More often than not retailers will work with you and at the very least price match. Be patient, ask, and you shall receive &mdash; maybe.</p> <h3>2. Shop Post-Holiday if You Can</h3> <p>It's an unlikely scenario that anyone in your family wants to celebrate Christmas after Christmas, but if you're all a bunch of frugal wizards, shopping post-holiday will save you <em>lots </em>of money.</p> <p>&quot;Anything 'gifts' is going to be heavily discounted after Christmas,&quot; says Kristin Cook, managing editor of <a href="http://www.bensbargains.com">Ben's Bargains</a>. &quot;This includes fragrance and beauty sets, especially with 'winter' scents or holiday packaging; hats/mittens/gloves sets; sweaters; wallets; jewelry; and definitely toys.&quot;</p> <p>If this isn't an option for you, at least reserve these savings for yourself. I used to practice the &quot;buy one gift for them, buy one gift for myself&quot; shopping method during the holidays, but now I try to curb the impulse buys by remembering that my money will go much farther if I shop for myself after the holidays with my gift cards, ie. other people's money. Feels much better that way.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-not-to-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-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/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive 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/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-to-maximize-your-savings-at-home-depot">6 Surprising Ways to Maximize Your Savings at Home Depot</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday doorbusters furniture gift cards hdtvs makeup sales tools virtual reality winter clothes Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1838643 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Are Your Tips for Black Friday? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-tips-for-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-what-are-your-tips-for-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-610255628.jpg" alt="Woman sharing tips for Black Friday" 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-what-are-your-tips-for-black-friday#comment-800658">Lisa</a>, Ana, and Louly for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Black Friday is one of the biggest retail holidays of the year. Some people love it for the deals, and others hate it for the chaos. And because not every deal is as good as it sounds, it's important to know the tricks and tactics that stores use to get you to spend more.</p> <p><strong>What are your tips for Black Friday?</strong> What stores do you plan to hit up this year? If you won't be shopping in person, will you be ordering online or checking out Cyber Monday deals?</p> <p>Tell us your tips for 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 class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa272/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa272" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_l8w8z41b">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="https://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 28th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after November 28th on the original post. 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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 your tips for 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-what-are-your-tips-for-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/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/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</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/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This 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/7-things-not-to-buy-on-black-friday">7 Things Not to Buy 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/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Shopping Ask the Readers black friday Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:00:09 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1835355 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Stocks to Buy Before Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/6-stocks-to-buy-before-black-friday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-stocks-to-buy-before-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/ebay_sign_93270545.jpg" alt="Finding stocks to buy before Black Friday" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="165" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thinking about playing the stock market to take advantage of the holiday uptick? Consider investing in these stocks to boost your gift-shopping budget. Or, just scrap it all and go on vacation. Merry Christmas to <em>you</em>!</p> <h2>1. UPS</h2> <p>It makes perfect sense that global-shipping giant United Parcel Service [NYSE: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE:UPS">UPS</a>] would see a surge in stock prices as the height of shipping season approaches. A recent survey conducted by comScore reveals that <a href="http://fortune.com/2016/06/08/online-shopping-increases/">online shopping will increase this year</a> &mdash; to nobody's surprise &mdash; and that only means more business for UPS. According to independent trader and investor Tela Holcomb, UPS stock has risen from early November to early December for nine out of the last 10 years. Given data that even more packages than ever before will crisscross the country this year, 2016 should be a boon for business as well. She notes, however, that stock trends are based on historical data and should not be taken as investment advice; your personal decision on whether to invest should be supported by current stock charts.</p> <h2>2. Amazon</h2> <p>Amazon [NASDAQ: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=AMZN&amp;ei=utctWImsKIW7ep7hpbAJ">AMZN</a>] has given department stores a run for their money and their stock price shows it. Like UPS, Amazon's stock has a trend of rising from early November to early December, nine out of the last 10 years, with the highest increase being over 11%, according to Holcomb.</p> <h2>3. eBay</h2> <p>If Amazon doesn't have what you're looking for when shopping for gifts, eBay [NASDAQ: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ%3AEBAY&amp;ei=vtctWKHUGM_BeuzHp8gG">EBAY</a>] probably does &mdash; which is why each of these platforms continues to perform at peak levels during the holidays. Vic Patel is a professional trader and investor with over 20 years' experience in the Stock, Futures, and Foreign Exchange Markets, and he's particularly bullish about eBay in the short term going into Black Friday.</p> <p>&quot;Last year, eBay posted a healthy 4% gain from early November leading into Black Friday; I see a similar seasonal tendency for the stock this year as well,&quot; he says. &quot;This is especially likely given that the stock has been beaten down a bit over the last few months and is ready for a bounce upwards.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Priceline</h2> <p>The holiday period has a stronghold on many industries, including restaurants, retail, and travel. Which is why it stands to reason that during the most traveled period of the year &mdash; the day before Thanksgiving through New Year's &mdash; travel sites like Priceline [NASDAQ: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=priceline&amp;ei=F9gtWNG1HdW_e8zjhtAF">PCLN</a>] start climbing.</p> <p>&quot;Analyzing changes in Priceline's stock price shows the stock has a trend of going up the last two weeks of November into the beginning of December,&quot; Holcomb says. &quot;With Thanksgiving being the day before Black Friday, it's no surprise their stock is up around this time.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Big 5 Sporting Goods</h2> <p>In a year that saw one of the biggest sporting goods store in the United States &mdash; Sports Authority &mdash; go belly up, it's a surprise (or maybe not, thanks to less competition) to see Big 5 Sporting Goods [NASDAQ: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=BGFV&amp;ei=X9gtWLmuIo29e8LPoogO">BGFV</a>] projecting gains. But the company, with an e-commerce platform and brick-and-mortars limited to the western U.S., is dazzling investors. In fact, Forward View, an investment research provider, moved the company from a sell rating to a buy rating while increasing its target price to $20, up from $15, based on new modeling.</p> <h2>6. A Few Things You've (Maybe) Never Heard Of</h2> <p>The election of soon-to-be President Trump sent the market into a tailspin leading up to the results, but the Dow bounced back to post a six-day winning streak, closing at a <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/14/us-markets.html">record high despite a tech fall</a>, according to CNBC, with Goldman Sachs [NYSE: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=Goldman+Sachs&amp;ei=vtgtWKCWA8_BeuzHp8gG">GS</a>] and UnitedHealth Group [NYSE: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE%3AUNH&amp;ei=1tktWJCsNYHweNWzqJgB">UNH</a>] contributing the most gains. Before the election, however, GoBankingRates predicted a few stocks poised to grow, including Applied Materials [NASDAQ: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=AMAT&amp;ei=QdotWLHgLtSne9LWh4gB">AMAT</a>], Edwards Lifesciences [NYSE: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=EW&amp;ei=YdotWInxEdSne9LWh4gB">EW</a>], ARRIS [NASDAQ: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=ARRS&amp;ei=hNotWIiyJtSIe-KahcAH">ARRS</a>], Lam Research [NASDAQ: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=LRCX&amp;ei=qNotWJGJF52ge_O4gpAP">LRCX</a>], and Northrop Grumman [NYSE: <a href="https://www.google.com/finance?q=NOC&amp;ei=0totWNmyK9-Se6q3nOAD">NOC</a>]. These stocks represent a wide range of industries &mdash; from entertainment and communication technology (ARRS) to aerospace and defense tech (NOC) &mdash; none of which are tied to the holidays outright. It's sometimes wise to look beyond the obvious.</p> <h2>The General Consensus</h2> <p>Invest in seasonal or holiday-driven companies to make the most out of this time of year. Get in and get out.</p> <p>&quot;Chances are if you're spending more than usual during the holidays, so is everyone else,&quot; says financial expert Dustin Jacobs, VP for marketing at BrightStar Credit Union. &quot;Use this to your advantage by buying stocks in companies that are most profitable during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year's like airlines including JetBlue, retailers like Target and Amazon, and transportation companies such as UPS and FedEx. Do it before the 'January Effect' kicks in and you'll be ready to ring in the New Year with a champagne toast to a temporary bull market.&quot;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-stocks-to-buy-before-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/7-expensive-stocks-that-are-totally-worth-it">7 Expensive Stocks That Are Totally 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/the-easiest-way-to-invest-in-the-worlds-biggest-companies">The Easiest Way to Invest in the World&#039;s Biggest Companies</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/beginners-guide-to-reading-a-stock-table">Beginner&#039;s Guide to Reading a Stock Table</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/learn-how-to-invest-with-these-5-stock-market-games">Learn How to Invest With These 5 Stock Market Games</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/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment Amazon big 5 sporting goods black friday bull market eBay holiday season priceline stock market UPS Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1835350 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-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_bags_78628943.jpg" alt="Women learning frugal living skills to survive Black Friday" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Black Friday: It's a day some of us look forward to, and others dread. It's the one day of the year when stores seemingly lose all sense of reality and offer products at prices that are insanely low.</p> <p>Of course, anyone who really knows what's going on behind the scenes is well aware that the stores have not gone mad. Most are employing clever tactics, like loss leaders and limited doorbusters, to lure you in and get you spending. But if you arm yourself with the following frugal skills, you'll come out on top.</p> <h2>1. Iron-Clad Willpower</h2> <p>Temptation is everywhere on Black Friday. Even if you think you know every deal that's coming, you will be surprised by bargains you never dreamed of. This is the time to remain frugal, and hold firm to what you came there to get. A good way to think of it is this: If you didn't want it, no matter <em>how</em> cheap it was, it wasn't a bargain.</p> <p>Grabbing handfuls of DVDs and Blu-Rays priced at $1.99 each may feel like you're ripping the place off, but if you're never going to watch them, what's the point? This goes for everything you see that day. Hold firm. What do you need, and what do you want? You should only be buying what you need on Black Friday, because otherwise, you can get swept away by the hysteria and spend more than you planned.</p> <h2>2. A Healthy Dose of Skepticism</h2> <p>Do not, for one second, think that the deals being presented on Black Friday are the most incredible money-saving bargains around. Sure, the doorbusters will be great opportunities to save, but they are always available in very limited quantities (in some cases, only a handful per store). And unless you're planning to spend hours, or even days, waiting in line, you aren't going to get them.</p> <p>Many of the other deals you'll see on Black Friday have often been available on that price, <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10000872396390443615804578042700772445448">or even lower,</a> on other days of the year. And as always, take that RRP (recommended retail price) with a huge grain of salt. This is the price you see as &quot;before,&quot; and the sale price as &quot;after&quot; &mdash; but chances are, the store never priced the item at that RRP.</p> <h2>3. The Patience of a Saint</h2> <p>Things are going to get tough, both mentally and physically, on Black Friday. There will be pushing and shoving, shouting and screaming, and sadly, injuries. The chaos can easily take hold of you, and before you know it you're right in there, grabbing at bargains, pushing people out of the way, and getting caught up in a world of trouble.</p> <p>Take a step back. Breathe. Be patient. Remember, this is all just stuff. It may be stuff you'd like to have, or give as a gift, but it is not worth your health or sanity. What's more, by giving into your more animalistic emotions, you can find yourself spending more money than you wanted to. The competitive spirit can cloud your judgment, spurring you to buy more than you ever wanted. Have patience. If you can't get what you want on the day, don't worry. There will be other days.</p> <h2>4. Complete Preparation</h2> <p>One of the keys to surviving Black Friday is knowing exactly what you want to buy before you ever leave the house. And not only what you want to buy, but how much you're willing to pay for it.</p> <p>On the day in question, your senses will be bombarded. Deals galore will hit you square in the face as you rush into each and every store, and it is very easy to become sidetracked. Before you know it, your cart is filled with everything but the items you actually wanted. So, stick to your guns, and stick to your list. The stores will all put out circulars well in advance of Black Friday. There are sites dedicated to Black Friday deals. Create a shopping list based on which stores you want to visit, what you want to get, and the top price you are going to pay. Follow it to the letter, and you'll stick to your budget and get the deals and items you really want.</p> <h2>5. A Good Memory</h2> <p>Most Black Friday deals are repeats of previous years. In fact, many of the <a href="https://d1l9zs272jkxri.cloudfront.net/blog/uploads/2016/09/20123212/Target-Black-Friday-Ad-2013p14-2014p14-2015p22_edited-1.jpg">deals are nearly identical</a>, down to the same brand, price, and stores offering them. Black Friday, for most companies, follows a specific formula. This is calculated. They know what people are shopping for, what will sell, and most importantly, what the healthy profit margins are. That's why you will continually see circulars offering huge discounts on luggage, pots and pans, boots, food processors, cheap DVDs, and even air mattresses.</p> <p>You won't, however, see huge discounts on the big video game systems, iPads, or other &quot;in demand&quot; tech. You will buy those regardless of the price, and stores are not going to miss out on those guaranteed dollars.</p> <h2>6. Knowing How to Compare and Save</h2> <p>Whatever your go-to way of price comparison shopping is, you need to have it locked down before the big day. Some people like apps such as <a href="http://shopsavvy.com/">ShopSavvy</a> or <a href="http://redlaser.com/application/">RedLaser</a>. Others simply pop the product into Google and see what prices show up. However you go about it, you need to have a strategy in place on the day. Don't buy anything without researching it first. If you're worried that the item will be scooped up by someone, hold onto it while you look it up. Is the deal on offer in that store the best one around? Is another store offering a mail-in rebate, or bundling it with other items for free? Your smartphone can save you hundreds of dollars on the day.</p> <h2>7. An Eye for Details</h2> <p>Frugal shoppers like to read the small print. They look at the little asterisks that are innocently slapped next to a price tag. They know that the devil is in the details, and in some stores, that devil can cost you quite a lot of money. So, get ready to look over every deal with the analytical mind of Sherlock Holmes. Is it really only $200, or are there strings attached? Do you have to buy two items together to get the price? Do you have to purchase the three-year extended warranty for the lower price? Is the steal of the day limited to only two stores in the whole state? Look closely, and make sure you are not being stung by small print.</p> <h2>8. Realizing Every Single Dollar Counts</h2> <p>Most of us are loss averse. We would much rather avoid losing $10 than find $10 in the street. On Black Friday, loss aversion can quickly crumble in the minds of shoppers. And the stores know just how to take advantage of it.</p> <p>For instance, after you buy a $450 laptop, what's another $25 on a laptop case, or a flash drive? The thing is, on any other day of the week, you would scrutinize those purchases and look around for better deals. But on Black Friday, you are shelling out so much money that the smaller purchases slip under your usually frugal radar. Remember, every dollar counts. Examine every deal, even the small ones. If they're not worth it on any other day of the week, they're not worth it on Black Friday.</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/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</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-things-not-to-buy-on-black-friday">7 Things Not to Buy 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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday christmas shopping deals doorbusters gifts holiday shopping price comparisons retail sales strategies willpower Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:00:07 +0000 Paul Michael 1833770 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You'll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-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_29382656_XXXLARGE.jpg" alt="don&#039;t waste money on these things this thanksgiving" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Serving a Thanksgiving feast on a budget is like performing a magic trick. It takes a lot of money to buy the large quantities of food to fill the bellies of all your Turkey Day guests. But it helps to know what people usually end up wasting money on, before forming your feast menu. If you're the host, here are 10 ways to stay on track and not blow your Thanksgiving grocery budget.</p> <h2>1. Buying Expensive Centerpieces</h2> <p>Have you priced formal <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-on-your-thanksgiving-celebrations">floral Thanksgiving centerpieces</a>, lately? Your basic cornucopia number runs around $50. Ouch! No need to engage a florist. Try your own hand at tablescaping. Here are <a href="http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/30-thanksgiving-centerpieces-pictures">simple, beautiful ideas</a> using items you may already own, or that are easily found outdoors.</p> <h2>2. Serving Food Nobody Really Likes</h2> <p>Yes, Aunt Peggy's wiggly molded red jello may be traditional, but does anyone really <em>like</em> it? Take a hard look at your menu. It may be time ax the dishes you think you <em>ought</em> to make in favor of ones that people actually enjoy. Why waste time, money, and energy on food that is going to sit in the fridge for weeks?</p> <h2>3. Making Too Much Food</h2> <p>One of my grandmothers always worried about not having everyone's favorites, so she made it all. We really did not need both a turkey and a ham, or sweet potatoes fixed two ways. Even when everyone took leftovers home, her refrigerator was still difficult to close. Learn from my grandma: Stop overspending and also cut back on your food waste.</p> <h2>4. Only Buying Name Brands</h2> <p>Per pound, turkey is pretty inexpensive, unless you decide you need a pasture-raised one, which will cost you more. Big-box stores now offer organic products, too, so do your homework before you buy.</p> <h2>5. Not Asking for Help</h2> <p>One of the inevitable questions from your guests will be, &quot;What can I bring?&quot; Take them up on that! Hate peeling potatoes? Ask someone to bring the mashed potatoes. My mother couldn't make gravy without lumps, so she'd ask a friend to bring that. My daughter, who doesn't cook, can be depended upon to bring wine. There is nothing wrong with taking people up on their offers of help, and it will keep your costs down.</p> <h2>6. Serving Elaborate Hors d'Oeuvres</h2> <p>Spending loads of time on dinner? There's not much sense in your guests filling up on snacks ahead of time, and ruining their appetites. Instead of yet another hot appetizer that takes up space in the oven, try serving some inexpensive raw vegetables and <a href="http://markbittman.com/roasted-nuts-so-easy-so-good/">spicy nuts</a> that you can make ahead of time.</p> <h2>7. Using Fancy China</h2> <p>As someone who has multiple sets of china, I'm going to give you the straight scoop: I rarely use it. While I found the pretty flowers and silver bands on the rims just enchanting at age 20, now, I wish I had registered for a plain, good quality pattern. White, or off-white, is a lot more versatile, and a good quality plate is more useful than a highly decorative one.</p> <h2>8. Making Multiple Trips to the Store</h2> <p>Five years, ago, I found myself making a third trip to the supermarket when I realized I only had one type of cranberry sauce. What a waste of gas! How to avoid this? Make a list. Get out each and every recipe and make sure you either have the ingredient on hand, or that it is on your shopping list.</p> <h2>9. Creating Elaborate Place-Settings</h2> <p>I'm all for proper use of silverware, but you really don't need to go out and buy it all. It's no fun for my guests if they have anxiety about which fork to use first, or they don't know which bread plate is theirs. Here are some excellent photos and tips about <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-set-the-table-properly-206075">which silverware to put where</a>, ensuring that your guests don't stress.</p> <h2>10. Presenting Over-the-Top House Decor</h2> <p>Guests want to feel relaxed, welcomed, and comfortable. If you hang a wreath on your door, fine. But piles of pumpkins, huge hurricanes with candles, or hay bales at the front door are really unnecessary, and the cost adds up. What are you going to do with all this decor when Thanksgiving is over? Think ahead, and only buy the stuff you need and will use again.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-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-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/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About 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/8-ways-to-buy-organic-and-still-be-frugal">8 Ways to Buy Organic and Still Be Frugal</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/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping black friday Cooking dinner party food shopping groceries Holidays host Thanksgiving thanksgiving dinner turkey turkey day Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:30:29 +0000 Marla Walters 1829423 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: What You Need to Know About Black Friday 2016 http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-what-you-need-to-know-about-black-friday-2016 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-what-you-need-to-know-about-black-friday-2016" 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_82840153.jpg" alt="Women learning what they need to know about Black Friday 2016" 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 things you need to know about this year&rsquo;s Black Friday, ways to stay motivated when you&rsquo;re already debt-free, and a few reasons why you should &mdash; and shouldn&rsquo;t &mdash; keep all your accounts at the same bank.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T062-C011-S001-4-things-to-know-now-about-black-friday-2016.html">4 Things to Know Now About Black Friday 2016</a> &mdash; Hold your horses if you plan to buy holiday gifts. The best discounts will roll out the Monday before Black Friday. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/how-to-stay-motivated-when-youre-already-debt-free/">How to Stay Motivated When You&rsquo;re Already Debt-Free</a> &mdash; Try the zero-sum budget! This budgeting method can help you control your finances even after you've paid off your debts. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1022/Should-you-keep-all-your-accounts-at-the-same-bank">Should you keep all your accounts at the same bank?</a> &mdash; Large banks may offer perks to customers who have multiple accounts with them, but it's important to shop around for lower fees and better rates. [The Monitor[</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Google-Flights-42576830">Google Flights Will Now Predict Airfare Changes and Save You Major Money</a> &mdash; This nifty tool will help you get the best prices on airfare. [PopSugar Smart Living[</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/retirement-101/">Retirement 101: Actionable Steps to Save, Invest &amp; Prepare for Retirement</a> &mdash; Don't just live for today &mdash; plan for the future! Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for to learn what you can do to prepare for a financially secure retirement. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/4-habits-blocking-personal-growth-fix/">4 Habits That Are Blocking Your Personal Growth &ndash; And How to Fix Them</a> &mdash; There's no need to keep a problem to yourself. Your friends, family, and coworkers may have some insight that will help you solve your problem. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/household/frugal-tips-for-controlling-lawn-pests">Frugal Tips for Controlling Lawn Pests</a> &mdash; Overseed and fertilize your lawn to grow a healthy crop of thick grass that will fend off weeds. Fall is a great time to work on this task. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="https://www.lupgrade.com/wildly-successful-people-6-things-every-day-7-30-m/">Wildly Successful People Do These 6 Things Every day Before 7.30 a.m.</a> &mdash; Successful people make sure to eat a healthy breakfast so that they have the energy for a productive day. [Life Upgrade]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/10/what-to-do-on-a-long-flight.html">Beyond the In-Flight Movie: 9 Ways to Beat Boredom in the Air</a> &mdash; Tote along guide books and magazines for your destination and read up on the language, culture, and food. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-to-help-your-child-understand-the-2016-election">5 Ways to Help Your Child Understand the 2016 Election</a> &mdash; The negative tone surrounding the presidential election is like nothing we've seen before. Look for kid-friendly news outlets to help explain the election with age-appropriate terms and photos. [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-what-you-need-to-know-about-black-friday-2016">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/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</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/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</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-things-not-to-buy-on-black-friday">7 Things Not to Buy 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/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-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> Shopping best money tips black friday Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Amy Lu 1819776 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Don't Fall for These Black Friday Myths http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-dont-fall-for-these-black-friday-myths <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-myths" 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_tv_58767120.jpg" alt="Woman not falling for Black Friday myths" 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 major Black Friday myths that retailers want you to fall for, ways to avoid paying bank fees, and things that we&rsquo;ve been doing wrong all our lives.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1011/The-four-major-Black-Friday-myths-retailers-want-shoppers-to-fall-for">The four major Black Friday myths retailers want shoppers to fall for</a> &mdash; Retailers want you to think that you only have one chance to take advantage of a deal, but odds are you'd be able to find the product on sale elsewhere even after Black Friday. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/banking-fees-are-killing-you-here-are-14-ways-dodge-them/">14 Ways to Avoid Paying Irritating Bank Fees</a> &mdash; Avoid paying ATM fees and the hassle of looking for a machine within your bank's network by paying for your groceries with a debit card and getting cash back. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Right-Way-Do-Things-34375810#photo-34375810">40 Things You've Been Doing Wrong All Your Life</a> &mdash; Drill holes into the bottom of your trash can to prevent suction issues when inserting and pulling out trash bags. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://commoncentsmom.com/2016/10/get-smarter-free-online-classes/">Get Smarter for Free: Online Classes You Should Take</a> &mdash; Alison offers courses on a variety of topics. You can even earn a diploma for free! [Common Cents Mom]</p> <p><a href="https://www.lupgrade.com/walking-real-exercise-5-reasons/">Walking Is A Real Exercise &ndash; Here Are 5 Reasons</a> &mdash; Brisk walking raises your heart rate and is considered a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise.&nbsp; [Life Upgrade]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/10/benefits-of-paying-with-cash.html">5 Reasons You&rsquo;ll Be Glad You Made Your Purchase With Cash</a> &mdash; Some businesses charge extra when you pay with plastic, whereas you might get a discount when you use cash. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2016/10/12/16-hard-truths-about-our-relationships-no-one-wants-to-admit/">16 Hard Truths About Our Relationships No One Wants to Admit</a> &mdash; Good relationships are not easy. They require a lot of work, compromise, and sacrifice. [Marc &amp; Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.productiveflourishing.com/3-steps-i-dont-have-time-thinking/">3 Steps to Get Out of &ldquo;I Don&rsquo;t Have Time&rdquo; Thinking</a> &mdash; Make sure the activities you choose to do align with your priorities and values. [Productive Flourishing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2016/10/3-tips-finding-new-interests/">3 Tips For Finding New Interests</a> &mdash; A new interest can bring more joy to your day. Your new interest can bring a positive change to your physical life, whether it's your body, your health, or your living space. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2016/10/14/5-ways-to-set-stuff-limits-for-your-kids/">5 Ways to Set Stuff Limits for Your Kids</a> &mdash; When friends and family insist on giving gifts for birthdays and holidays, request experiences rather that stuff that will only end up as clutter in your attic. [Living Well Spending Less]</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-dont-fall-for-these-black-friday-myths">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/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</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/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</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-things-not-to-buy-on-black-friday">7 Things Not to Buy 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/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive 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/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips black friday Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:00:14 +0000 Amy Lu 1813256 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: What to Expect From Best Buy's Black Friday Sale http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-what-to-expect-from-best-buys-black-friday-sale <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-what-to-expect-from-best-buys-black-friday-sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/best_buy_62256412.jpg" alt="Learning what to expect from best buy&#039;s black Friday sale" 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 what to expect from Best Buy&rsquo;s Black Friday sale, big mistakes that destroy family relationships, and the best majors for a lucrative career.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0917/What-to-expect-from-Best-Buy-s-Black-Friday-sale">What to expect from Best Buy's Black Friday sale</a> &mdash; Best Buy is one of the most popular places to shop on Black Friday. Here's what you need to know to score the best deals at Best Buy. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="https://www.lupgrade.com/making-6-big-mistakes-destroy-family-relationships/">Are You Making These 6 Big Mistakes That Destroy Family Relationships?</a> &mdash; Not inviting certain relatives to family functions is just mean. Not everyone can make it to every event, but it's important to extend the invitation even if you know they'll say no. [Life Upgrade]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/college/T012-S001-best-college-majors-for-your-career-2016-2017/index.html">10 Best College Majors for a Lucrative Career</a> &mdash; These majors tend to lead to fat paychecks, both right out of school and farther along your career path. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/career/Ways-Make-Money-Side-Full-Time-Job-35169831">14 Totally Doable Ways to Make Side Money With a Full-Time Job</a> &mdash; If you enjoy sports, you can coach or referee matches on the weekends. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/8-things-happen-stay-long-comfort-zone.html">8 Things That Happen When You Stay Too Long In Your Comfort Zone</a> &mdash; The comfort zone feels familiar and easy, but it's also where you get complacent. Your skills won't improve and you won't find hidden talents that were just waiting for you to explore. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/renters-6-autumn-safety-tips/">Renters: 6 Autumn Safety Tips</a> &mdash; Play it safe when you're celebrating Halloween. Lock your apartment even if you're just partying down the hall, don't let strangers into your building, and avoid sharing your plans on social media so that potential thieves don't know when you'll be out. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.johnrothe.com/top-characteristics-millionaire-next-door/">Top Characteristics of the Millionaire Next Door</a> &mdash; Most millionaires today did not come from money, but many did start saving money early &mdash; as early as 14 years old! [Musings of a Money Manager]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/18325/enjoy-beautiful-fall-foliage.html">6 Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy Beautiful Fall Foliage</a> &mdash; You don't need to plan elaborate and expensive outings. Take a small trip to the country and enjoy your fall surroundings. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="https://unclutterer.com/2016/09/19/five-uncluttering-organizing-tasks-can-every-day/">Five uncluttering and organizing tasks you can do every day</a> &mdash; These are simple tasks that will help you keep your home clutter-free, every day. [Unclutterer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.easyways.net/6-easy-ways-sell-ebay/">6 Easy Ways To Sell On eBay</a> &mdash; Take a look at other sellers' listings and sales to get a feel for the competition and how items are being described. [easyWays]</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-what-to-expect-from-best-buys-black-friday-sale">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/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</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/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</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-things-not-to-buy-on-black-friday">7 Things Not to Buy 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/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive 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/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best buy best money tips black friday Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1796575 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Save $1,000 by Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-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-how-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/couple_holiday_shopping_81671089.jpg" alt="Couple learning how to save $1000 by 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 ways to save $1,000 by Black Friday, over a hundred cleaning and organizing hacks, and tips to save money when you&rsquo;re traveling by yourself.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/saving/T065-S001-ways-to-pocket-1-000-by-black-friday/index.html">7 Ways to Pocket $1,000 by Black Friday</a> &mdash; Black Friday, which launches the holiday shopping season, is only three months away. Have you saved enough for the things you want to get? [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cleaning-Tips-41447126#photo-41447126">100+ Cleaning and Organizing Hacks</a> &mdash; Use an ice cube tray to organize your jewelry. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/cheap-solo-travel-tips-14307/">11 Ways to Save Money When Traveling Solo</a> &mdash; Buy local transit cards and use public transportation to get around town. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/identity-theft-chat/">Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft</a> &mdash; The FTC reported at 47% increase in identity theft last year. Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on how to protect yourself from ID theft and fraud. [Experian]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0825/Your-personal-finance-guide-to-America-s-national-parks">Your personal finance guide to America's national parks</a> &mdash; Whether you're an experienced camper or a newbie, follow these tips to save money on your great outdoor adventure! [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/real-estate/how-important-is-location-when-it-comes-to-buying-or-selling-a-home/71017">How To Tell if A House is in A Good Location When Buying</a> &mdash; Is the house close to things that you enjoy doing? You can always upgrade a house, but you can't build stores and restaurants around your neighborhood. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/handle-financial-life-stress-midtwenties/">How To Handle the Financial (And Life) Stress of Your Mid-Twenties &amp; Early Thirties</a> &mdash; Be sure of your intent before you jump into any major decision. The action should lead to the results that you want from it. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/personalfinance/all-or-nothing-how-to-transform-your-finances-in-1-hour-each-month">All or Nothing &mdash; How to Transform Your Finances in 1 Hour Each Month</a> &mdash; Take a look at your spending, and aim to reduce your current discretionary spending by at least 10%. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adventuresinfrugalland.com/10-amazing-ways-onenote-can-save-money/">10 Amazing Ways OneNote Can Save You Money</a> &mdash; You can scan all your receipts and warranties to OneNote so that they're always on hand when you need them. [Adventures in Frugal Land]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/stay-at-home-parents-the-kids-are-back-in-school-now-what">Stay-at-Home Parents: The Kids are Back in School, Now What?</a> &mdash; Use this opportunity to volunteer and help others! [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-how-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-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/the-toyota-i-unit-would-you-drive-it">The Toyota I-Unit; would you drive 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/biggest-money-saving-tip-move-far-away-from-the-joneses">Biggest Money Saving Tip: Move Far Away from the Joneses</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/best-of-personal-finance-41-financial-calculators-for-major-life-decisions">Best Money Tip: 41 Financial Calculators for Major Life Decisions</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/6-ways-millennials-have-changed-money-so-far">6 Ways Millennials Have Changed Money (So Far)</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/could-trump-bring-higher-interest-rates-and-inflation-consider-these-money-moves">Could Trump Bring Higher Interest Rates and Inflation? Consider These Money Moves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best money tips black friday save money Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:30:34 +0000 Amy Lu 1782216 at http://www.wisebread.com 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-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/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</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/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive 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/9-things-you-can-do-right-now-for-a-frugal-holiday-season">9 Things You Can Do Right Now for a Frugal Holiday Season</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/9-frugal-skills-you-must-have-to-survive-autumn">9 Frugal Skills You Must Have to Survive Autumn</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/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</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-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/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/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</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/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive 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-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/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</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/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</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/10-ways-to-decorate-your-christmas-tree-for-under-30">10 Ways to Decorate Your Christmas Tree for Under $30</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/6-stocks-to-buy-before-black-friday">6 Stocks to Buy Before 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/5-tips-from-playbook-for-tough-times-thatll-help-you-live-your-best-life">5 Tips From &quot;Playbook For Tough Times&quot; That&#039;ll Help You Live Your Best Life</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. 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