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Why So POPULAR? Black Friday is an informal name used to describe the day after Thanksgiving, the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States. For many families, Black Friday shopping and deals have become a full-on tradition. The day serves as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday shopping season and is critical to retailers across the country. The term Black Friday was created in the 1960s to mark the start to the Christmas shopping season and signifies stores moving from the red (a financial loss) to black (a profit). For the past few years, many retailers stopped waiting for Black Friday to kick off the holiday shopping season, opting to get things starts on Thanksgiving instead. You’ll find numerous stores opening up on the holiday with items up for sale in stores and online.

Electronics, jewelry, cooking supplies and furniture are just a few of the typical items you’re likely to find on sale during Black Friday.

HOW TO SCORE ON BLACK FRIDAY Many retailers save their best once-a-year blockbuster deals for Black Friday. Staying informed is key to saving the most money this year on your holiday shopping. Watch for opportunities to sign up for in-store programs or online rewards. Sign up for email notifications from your favorite retailers, especially your local businesses. These emails can keep you apprised of any Black Friday promotions as well as ongoing deals and announcements throughout the year.

WATCH SOCIAL MEDIA Most mainstream retailers will offer coupons and deals on their websites and social media, so also be sure to follow your favorite stores on all of the main social media platforms. Keep a running record of the best deals when you’re plotting out your shopping strategy. (Green Shoot Media)


Staying informed is key to saving the most money this year on your holiday shopping. Watch for opportunities to sign up for in-store programs or online rewards.



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