Y’all, there are some seriously important shopping days coming up, so put on your focus pants and listen:
This Friday: Black Friday. The famous (or infamous) annual day-after-Thanksgiving event where the masses go crazy, spend money, and save even more (depending on who you ask). In the past, sales would start as early as 5:00 a.m. or 6:00 a.m., but now more and more stores are bumping up the start of their “Black Friday” sales to midnight or even as early as 10:00 p.m., Thanksgiving. (Honestly, I’m pretty strongly against this last one because it takes people away from their families — and I mean the store associates in this case — but this trend has caught on nonetheless. Be classy – boycott these Thanksgiving night sales, folks. As Teresa would say, “That’s just tacky.”)
Regardless of how you feel about it, Black Friday sales really do live up to the hype (especially in department stores like JC Penney and Macy’s). For a bevvy of Black Friday tips, check out my post from last year: Black Friday Shopping Tips
Moving on. Small Business Saturday. Ah, just the name of this shopping holiday brings a smile to my face. Aaaand it is exactly what it sounds like: A day to show small businesses a little love by patronizing them (you know which definition of that word I mean) – as opposed to the big box retailers you usually give your money (no judgment, just tellin’ it like it is). This is a relatively new shopping holiday — in the long history of shopping holidays, of course – so every year it grows just a bit more in scope. Check out my previous post on Small Business Saturday. I said so many wise things about it last year, I wouldn’t want you to miss out. ;)
Cyber Monday: Oh, how I love online shopping, and oh how I love Cyber Monday even more. This fabulous event occurs the Monday after Thanksgiving (so this year, it’ll be November 26th, 2012). For the full scoop, you can read… broken record time… my post from last year… but suffice it to say, it’s a great day to score fabulous deals with many online retailers offering discounted or even FREE shipping.
So yeah, that was a whole lot of review of posts past, but now it’s all in one place for your browsing pleasure. Wasn’t that sweet of me? :)
Happy Shopping… and more importantly, my American readers…