Shopping Black Friday and Beyond

Black Friday is finally here! But don’t think this the only time you can save on #holiday #gifts — the day is only the start of Cyber Week and other retailer promotions. Good Housekeeping is tracking some of the week’s best deals, and CNET offers a shopping widget you can use with your internet browser to make sure you get the best price on millions of items. Don’t forget to shop local on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season, either — shopping local businesses is typically more sustainable and ecofriendly than shipping a gift thousands of miles to your door. #BlackFriday2023

Shop the Thrifts on Black Friday

Happy Thanksgiving! If you plan to go out shopping on Black Friday, don’t forget to check out the local #thrift stores, many of which are supplied by generous donations to If you have qualms about #giving #secondhand goods, remember that most thrift stores are stocked with lots of clean, lightly used and one-of-a-kind clothing items and housewares, as well as hard-to-find books, games, furniture and other goods. Taking a cue from the big retailers, many thrift stores have their own Black Friday promotions, so you can get even better discounts on used goods and pay up to 90% less on #gifts. #BlackFriday2023

Stay Home to Save on Black Friday

To #save money on Black Friday, this advice bears repeating: Don’t buy anything you don’t need. Sale prices may prove irresistible in stores and online, and you may be tempted to get things that you and your giftees may not really want or use, says The Simply Organized Home. Stay away from the malls, shut down the computer and enjoy a plate of leftovers. Continue to give thanks for the things you have and maybe even do a little #decluttering or #holiday decorating with the extra day off. You’ll save money and probably create a more comfortable living environment for yourself and your family. #BlackFriday2023

Black Friday Started Early

It doesn’t have to be Black Friday to get the best possible Black Friday #deals. Many of the year’s biggest markdowns are already online, Forbes says, and many more will be available on the traditional schedule starting at midnight Eastern time on Nov. 24. Generally speaking, you’ll see “all-time low prices” on a broad range of items such as clothing, electronics  and personal care products this week and next. And if you’re #shopping for a big-ticket item such as a flatscreen TV, laptop computer or refrigerator, Black Friday and the week after are the best time of year to buy. Make a list and check it twice! #BlackFriday2023

Back-to-School Shopping Hacks

Try some #shopping #hacks to ensure you don’t break the bank on back-to-school shopping, says the Krazy Koupon Lady. Shop on Sundays and Mondays so your preferred stores don’t run out of supplies; look for manufacturer coupons on things like pens and Post-its; check the local dollar store for basics; and download store and shopping apps to track the sales. If you’re shopping someplace new, many loyalty programs offer a percent-off deal to incentivize the initial purchase online or in person, the site says, and you may be able to apply credit card and loyalty rewards dollars to your purchases, too. #BackToSchool