Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Black Friday bargain hunters in Sarasota have a strategy all to their own.
Jason Tutt is a man on a mission. Since 9 p.m. on Monday night, he has been waiting in line outside the Glengary Shoppes Best Buy in order to take advantage of the Black Friday sales. That timing put him in squarely in position at the very front of the line. “Every year it’s a tradition for me,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for eight years, and I’ve been number one in line for five out of the eight years.” The term “Black Friday” originated in the 1960s and was used to mark the day that kicked off the Christmas shopping season—the day after Thanksgiving. The word “black” is a throwback to the days when accounting ledgers were kept by hand. Black ink in the ledger referred to a business making a profit, and red ink indicated a loss. Since…
When people start lining up late Thanksgiving night to take advantage of door-buster deals in the wee hours Friday morning will you be there?
Love it or hate it, Black Friday is the super bowl of shopping. And with its arrival only mere days away, Tampa Bay is abuzz with people talking about the potential savings stores big and small have to offer. Some people create their own Black Friday “game plans” on what stores to hit and when after they've poured over the announced bargains various retailers have to offer. There are those so keen on saving they set alarms to wake them up in the wee hours of the night. These folks line up early and some even camp out all night to be able to scoop up the deals they’re after. Are you one of those shoppers? Do you do Black Friday or do you prefer to stay as far away from stores on the day after Thanksgiving as possible? Let us know by taking …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Try layaway plans at one or more of these chain retailers.
Monday, November 19, 2012
In this economy, some shoppers are fretting over being able to afford that special toy, bauble or other item that they know will bring a smile to their children, spouse, friend or family member. Consider layaway as a way to spread payments out over time, and be able to check things off those holiday lists. Popular during the Great Depression in the 1930s, layaway counters became fewerer and fewer during the 1990s, but retailers like Sears and Walmart brought back layaway in recent years. Many companies are once again offering the service, which allows customers to make installment payments on an item, sometimes with a small fee added to the item’s price for the company’s administrative costs. Yahoo Finance analyzed the best layaway plans …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
What are your favorite stores in and near Sarasota to visit bright and early the morning after Thanksgiving?
The holiday shopping season kicks off in a big way next week when retailers in and near Sarasota officially celebrate Black Friday. That fabled day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest sales days of the year for many stores – both national, big box chains and local retailers. It’s also one of the best days to save on items big and small as retailers pull out the stops to offer amazing deals to get customers in their doors. The latter is exactly why we want to help Sarasota Patch readers map out a Black Friday game plan. But to do that, we need your help. What are your “must-shop” Black Friday destinations in the Sarasota area? What are some of the best deals you’ve come across so far? Share your preferences and savings finds in the …
How will your finances affect your holiday spending?
Two-thirds of respondents to a recent poll by the NPD Group said they “plan to spend about the same” as last year's holiday season, while 10 percent planned to “spend more.” With the economy and job situation still in flux for many families, we want to know what families in Sarasota County plan to do for Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanzaa gifts in 2012. Will you be more creative with your gifting? Use sites like Groupon, Living Social, etc? Brave Black Friday sales? Cook or bake for familty and friends?