November 11th, 2014 8:19 AM by Jackie A. Graves, President
For many, Black
Friday is a holiday unto itself. The National Retail Federation "predicts
shoppers will spend $617 billion in November and December," according to Daily Finance.
Count us among the
guilty. While we love the entire holiday season and Thanksgiving in particular
(and we start counting down to stuffing and sweet potato casserole basically as
soon as school starts in August), we're suckers for great deals that we then get
to dole out during Chanukah and on Christmas morning. Yes, we are equal
opportunity celebrators and gifters!
Wherever you land
on the "shopping on Thanksgiving argument," one thing is clear: Black
Friday no longer actually means Black Friday. It's a phenomenon that now has
begun to take over Thanksgiving Day. The good news for those who think it's a
sacrilege to shop on Thanksgiving is that you may not have to. Some stores have
already begun Black Fridayish sales and others have marked items down to Black
Friday-worthy levels. Where sales may not yet be going on, Black Friday ads are
being released, which means you can start planning your shopping assault. Here
is all the info you need to get a head start and get some great deals.
one of our go-to sites for sales, deals, doorbusters, and Black Friday news.
They just posted Sears' Black Friday ad, with a couple of
impressive buys, including an RCA 52" LED HGTV for $379, down
from $449, and aKenmore electric dryer for $349, down
Keep in mind that
if a flat screen is on your holiday wish list, you're not alone. This is one of
the most popular deals on and around Black Friday every year and the deals this
year are expected to be even greater than previous years, the reason: size
Deal News expects
60" flat screens to show up as Black Friday doorbusters for as little as
$420. That's almost half of what they typically sell for. You can see the rest
of their Black Friday predictions for flat screens here.
Dell's Black Friday ad is also out,
with doorbusters including an Inspiron desktop regularly priced at $729 for
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also has the inside track on Home Depot's Black Friday Appliance Ad, starting on
November 5, with great prices on appliances including:
Samsung 25.5 Cu.ft. French Door Refrigerator In
Stainless Steel Soon $998.00 $1,799.00
Whirlpool 3.6 Cu.ft. Top Load Washer In
White Soon $349.00 $549.00
Whirlpool 7.0 Cu.ft. Electric Dryer In
White Soon $349.00 $549.00
Samsung 24 in. Top Control Dishwasher with
Stainless Steel Tub Soon $498.00 $699.00
Friday ad has not yet been leaked as of this writing, however they have
announced a possible new online price matching strategy that
shoppers will want to take note of.
offers another great tip for Black Friday preparedness: "Sign up for
loyalty programs and apps now so you can get promotions in your email or on
your phone. Promotions are often released early to loyal shoppers. Target has a
Cartwheel app. J.C. Penney (JCP) and Sears (SHLD) have loyalty programs called
JCP rewards and Shop Your Way rewards."
Using Target's Cartwheel
app is one of our favorite tricks for saving money year-round, and right now is
a great time to use it. Throughout the month of November, a different toy is
being offered at 50 percent off each day through the app. Be sure to download it in
order to unlock the offers.
More and more
retailers are opening on Thanksgiving this year. This is what we know so far,
courtesy of Huffington Post:
Kmart, 6am on Thanksgiving
JC Penney, 5pm on Thanksgiving
Sears, 6pm on Thanksgiving
Macy's, 6pm on Thanksgiving
Walmart, most stores open all day
shopping! We'll be back with updates on Black Friday as we get closer or as
announcements/ad leaks warrant.
By Jaymi Naciri |
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