Forget the Turkey, Many 2012 Black Friday Deals Will Begin on Thanksgiving Day!
Halloween is behind us, and that means that it is time to focus on the holidays. And holiday shopping.
If you are like the 226 million shoppers that found deals on Black Friday last year, then you know that this year should be just as exciting for mass shopping. From price-matching, door busters, and insanely-early store hours, Black Friday 2012 should be full of frenzied bargains as retailers try to compete for our holiday money.
So what exactly is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and some say, the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year Black Friday will be November 23, 2012. The busiest shopping day of the year, bargain hunters know that retailers give rock bottom prices on many items to get you in the store, in hopes that you will do all your holiday shopping there. But the truth is, there are too many deals at a multitude of stores, so you won’t want to just visit one store.
Shopping on Thanksgiving
The National Retail Federation is predicting slightly higher spending this year as shoppers gather holiday gifts, decorations, food and more. But if last year is any precedent to what we will see this year, much of the shopping season will actually begin on Thanksgiving. 2011 saw a 39% increase of sales on Thanksgiving Day.
So, does that mean more and more people are leaving the turkey and stuffing for shopping bags? Yes, and no, because although many retail stores like Old Navy, Sears, Kmart, Toys R Us, and others will be open on Thanksgiving, most retailers will be holding sales online as well. Savvy shoppers know that they can find many online deals on Thanksgiving in between basting the turkey, serving dinner, and doing the dishes.
How do you know where to start? My goal is to help you navigate through the deals you’ll find this holiday season, so check back here to find more tips on how to shop both online and in-store in the next few weeks.