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Ready. Set. Go – Let the Holiday Shopping Begin! (Online that is with Cyber Monday)

Black Friday.  Is the crowded mall parking lot enough to make you want to turn your car around and head home?  Do you find yourself questioning your sanity as you fight for that last pair of cashmere gloves that would’ve been great for Aunt Kay if that old lady hadn’t snatched them out of your hand? 


Growing up I LOVED shopping on Black Friday, it was tradition in my family that all of the women (girls included) spent the day at the mall (which usually meant 2 or 3 malls).  At the tender age of 18 months, my niece Jada, claimed her birthright and became a full-fledged member of our shopping ritual.  However, braving the madness on the Friday after Thanksgiving isn’t for the faint of heart.  It seems that lots of folks were bypassing the Black Friday sales entirely and waiting until back in their offices on Monday to kick-off their holiday shopping sprees from their computers with no lines, hassle, or stress.  Great minds think alike; this Black Friday bypass is now known as Cyber Monday.  Cyber Monday is to Black Friday what  yin is to yang.  So, if the stress of Thanksgiving dinner is all you can handle this weekend, no worries.  There will be deals galore on Cyber Monday.  Check out sites like CouponCabin.com to find out about even more special offers and bargains before you let your fingers do the typing.


A few holiday shopping tips:

1. Create a budget

2. Determine who you’re buying gifts for, how much you plan to spend on each recipient, and what you’d like to get for each one.  A hard to please individual?  A power toothbrush is a great idea because it’s something most people wont buy for themselves.  I like Oral-B’s Triumph with Smart Guide, www.oralb.com.

3. Come up with a shopping strategy so that you maximize your time at the mall or online.

4. Keep you list with you while shopping so that you can check off your purchases as you go.

5. Keep track of your spending and receipts.  Remember to ask for gift receipts.


Happy Shopping!