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Are You Ready For Black Friday?
Posted By Ron On November 7, 2008 @ 12:01 AM In Frugality,Goals,Life,Money,Personal Finance,Tips & Techniques | Comments Disabled
The symptoms are all there: long, slow yawns, droopy eyelids, long lines of people waiting outside in the cold at 4:00AM. It’s Black Friday! Black Friday  is the Friday after Thanksgiving here in the US and it kicks off the start of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Supposedly called “Black” Friday because it’s the day that retailers begin making a profit (in the black on their books), Black Friday  is rumored to be the busiest shopping day of the year. While this may or may not be true, Black Friday  has become almost an industry in itself and I’ve assembled a list of sites that will help you navigate your way through the retail maze! If you want, put your savings into a savings account  like I suggested in 17 Sneaky Savings Strategies . That would give you a jump start for next year!
The truth is, you don’t have to awaken at 3 in the morning to get those great Black Friday  deals. You can get many of them from the comfort of your living room with a steaming cup of hot chocolate in your hands while a crackling fire warms your toes. Considering that there are far more retailers to buy from via the Internet and they don’t charge sales taxes, the savings can really add up! Especially if you can use the shipping coupon codes found on Free Shipping . This site offers free shipping coupons to over 800 stores including JC Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Dell, and Gap. Free Shipping is very easy to use and is well organized. You can locate free shipping coupons by store name, category, soon to expire, or most recent free shipping coupons and best of all, it’s FREE to use!
First though, check out all the bargains major retailers will be offering on sites such as Black Friday , Black Friday 2008 , Black-Friday.net , and Black Friday @ GottaDeal.com  beforehand. The way these sites find out about a retailer’s upcoming Black Friday  sale is part corporate espionage, part intentional leaks, and part corporate news releases. Those sales that are only “rumored” are marked as such so you don’t get your hopes up too badly. But generally, the content of the ads is pretty reliable, giving you a taste of what’s coming.
After you’ve been able to pick an item that’s on your holiday wish list, check out coupon sites such as Flamingo World , Coupon Cabin  or Current Codes  for percentage-off coupon codes and more free shipping deals to make your Black Friday finds all the more appealing.
If you’re unsure about an item’s quality or reputation, read the reviews on Amazon , Bizrate , or Epinions . If you’re considering an expensive purchase (computers, televisions, or other expensive electronics), take a few minutes to hop over to read the forums on the bigger deal sites such as dealnews, Fat Wallet  or Slick Deals  for some additional advice. Sometimes you’ll find that an item was selling for less somewhere else or you can possibly get referred to an alternative model that costs significantly less!
Make sure you keep these ideas in mind:
You might also consider using a site such as Ebates  where you can get a percentage refund of your purchase if you go through their site. The refunds can range from two to eight percent, so it really could be worth it.
Frugal isn’t refusing to buy anything, it’s making the most of your hard earned dollar. By purchasing your Christmas and holiday gifts  as inexpensively as possible, using free shipping codes, coupons, well timed sales, and rebates, you’re doing just that: making the most of your hard earned dollars!
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