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Black Friday 2016: Best Buy, Walmart, & Target ads

On November 10, 2016

Get your shopping lists ready. The Big Black Friday ads are out. Best Buy, Target, and Walmart deals are available, and the deals don’t start on Thanksgiving. The holiday shopping season is already in full force, and you need to be ready to grab the deals when you find them. Here’s a look at the top deals to grab this…

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Layaway is back in style

On September 2, 2016

The calendar just flipped to September, but already retailers are trying to cash in on holiday spending. Walmart released its top toy list, and is launching its holiday layaway program today. Layaway used to be popular in the 80s and 90s. I can remember my family using the program. It’s making a comeback as retailers look for ways to bring…

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Are sales a thing of the past?

On January 10, 2013

What drove you to choose the stores you did for holiday shopping? Did sales or promotions influence your decision to shop at a particular store? Sales drive a lot of sales, but some analysts are predicting sales may become a thing of the past. The website, Coupons in the News, had access to an industry report from retail consultant AMG…

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Survival guide to Black Friday week

On November 19, 2012

The much anticipated Thanksgiving week has arrived. Get the aspirin ready if you’re travelling or planning to shop. Put the scale away and get the beer ready if you’re planning to be lazy and watch some football and eat. Don’t expect the hype over the shopping season to end next week. There’s a lot at stake this year for retailers,…

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Wedding decorations on a budget

On November 14, 2012

Decorations and centerpieces for a wedding can get really expensive, but they really make a difference. I think decorations spice up a room. Most venues are a little plain. Sometimes there are no windows and the carpeting is dark. Decorations and bright centerpieces will add some pizzaz, and you can do it without breaking the bank. Our venue had windows…

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Christmas creep: how early is too early?

On October 16, 2012

It seems Christmas creeps into our lives earlier and earlier every year. The decorations have been up at some stores for weeks. This year, Target is already launching holiday ads and we haven’t even hit Halloween. So, what can we expect this shopping season? I predict aggressive marketing and sales. Stores are fighting for every last dollar. The consumer friendly…