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Consumer Tip: Take Advantage of Free Shipping Day

You might not have to pay a dime for shipping today

If you’re still pulling your holiday shopping list together, today is your lucky day.

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BE Buy Black Holiday Gift Guide: Part Two

Great gifts for the foodie, reader, well-dressed gentleman and more

The Holiday season is officially upon us and that time to exchange gifts will be…

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ValPak 2014 Holiday Survey: Consumers are Shopping Smarter

Are you making wise shopping decisions?

This year, more consumers are focused on shopping smarter and saving money.

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Watch out for Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

Use caution when shopping for children's toys

If you plan to do some holiday shopping for the children in your life, be…

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Watch out for Holiday Shopping Scams

Don't get fooled by fraudsters

You’re likely preparing to do some serious shopping this holiday season, but you need to…

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Teaching Kids about Holiday Shopping

Help your kids become better consumers

During this time of year, your children may be asking about giving holiday gifts to…

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Holiday Shopping: Get Ready for Goodshop Sunday

Yet another shopping day to gain savings and give back

You’re familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but you most likely haven’t heard about…

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Spend Big Locally On Small Business Saturday

National initiatives make it easier for consumers to support shops in their local neighborhoods

On November 29th, American Express’ Small Biz Saturday will celebrate its fifth anniversary and kick-off…

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3 Tips For Owners To Get The Most Out Of Small Business Saturday

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the biggest shopping day of the year

American Express’ Small Biz Saturday kicks off this year on November 29. Launched in 2010,…

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NFCC Warns Against Holiday Overspending

Don't break the bank this holiday season

Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it. This is…

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BBB Offers Tips for Holiday Shopping

Here's how you can get the most out of your purchases

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are sure to yield some great deals.…

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NFCC Offers Tips for Covering Holiday Expenses

Foundation provides tools to help you keep more cash in your pocket

Last year, holiday shoppers spent an average of $407 during the Thanksgiving weekend.

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Don’t Wait To Plan Your Holiday Shopping

Tips and strategies to handle holiday spending without destroying your finances

The 2014 holiday season is a few short months away, yet many are financially unprepared…

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6 Ideas to Turn Your Customer Holiday Gifts Into a Marketing Tool

How to Turn Your Customer’s Holiday Gifts Into a Marketing Tool

Simple steps to help you retain clients using holiday gifts

Make your holiday gifts do double duty—not only as a “thank you” business, but also…

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5 Reasons To Get Real With Your Holiday Spending

It's okay to believe in Santa Claus, as long as you never forget that he won't be paying your bills

Reminders to avoid financial choices that detract from the true spirit of the season

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13 Tips for Retailers Planning to Offer Online Shopping

How to prepare for online shoppers this season

Steps retailers should take to prepare for online shoppers.

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Tips for Staying within Your Holiday Budget

Don’t let seasonal shopping wreck your finances

How do you make sure you get the most bang for your buck?

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9 Steps To Protect Yourself From Crooks on Cyber Monday

Don't get ripped off while holiday shopping online

Be careful where you input your information

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Best Times to Buy Holiday Gifts [Infographic]

Learn when to make purchases so you can save more of your cash

This handy infographic from Savings.com lists the best times to purchase your holiday gifts

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3 Holiday Shopping Mistakes to Avoid

Keeping the reason for the season in mind will help curb overspending

In the mood to give this season? Be careful!

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Retailers Count on Aspirational Shoppers to Boost Revenue This Season

Marketers taking a page from Oprah's book in order to lure customers into stores

What does Oprah know that retailers are trying to adopt to boost revenus?

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More retailers opening Thanksgiving Day for their blowout sales

A Reality Check for Black Friday

Shopping until you drop is not worth ruining your financial health—or if it is already poor, making it even worse.

Yes, a healthy amount of holiday spending will be good for our economy, and certainly…

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Holiday Spending: Don’t Let it Wipe You Out

Making sure your savings are still in tact this holiday season

Just in time for Black Friday, a few tips so you can save more money…

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More retailers opening Thanksgiving Day for their blowout sales

Is Thursday the New Black Friday?

Does this mean the end of 'Black Friday?'

More retailers opening Thanksgiving Day for their blowout sales

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Shoppers Have More to Spend This Holiday Season

Consumers plan to budget, turn to mobile this season

Consumers will turn to mobile, budget more this season, analysts say

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Small Business Owners predicate a bounce in Holiday Sales

Small Businesses Predict an Increase in Holiday Sales

40% of small business owners predict a bounce in holiday sales

40% of small business owners predict a bounce in holiday sales

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Concords, Christmas and the Marketing Genius of Nike’s Jordan Brand

The after-holiday marketing of Air Jordan sneakers are big business in the fourth quarter

Known as Concords, Nike’s Air Jordan XI always brings out consumer dollars for the holidays…

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How to Handle Holiday Tipping During Tough Times

The current economic situation hasn't changed Americans' tipping habits. See what you can do to show your gratitude without breaking the bank

Etiquette experts at The Emily Post Institute, Inc. provide pointers on holiday tipping during an…

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3 Things You Should’ve Been Focused on Besides Black Friday Sales

There's nothing wrong with spending if it's for a good cause and not consumer greed and gluttony

Despite being in a recession, American spending continues as 2011 marks the biggest Black Friday…

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From Black Friday door buster specials to pre- and after-Christmas sales, the start of the holiday shopping frenzy may soon engage your inner shopaholic—and leave you with a mound of debt by New Year’s. The average American is expected to spend a little more than $700 on holiday gifts and seasonal merchandise in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Nationwide, sales are expected to reach $465.6 billion, putting retailers in the black.

If the shopaholic in you is ready to be unleashed, take steps to control your spending habits so you aren’t left in the red, with credit card debt and an empty savings account before the year is over. Here are some useful tips to control your inner shopaholic this holiday season. —Lynette Khalfani-Cox

5 Holiday Shopping Tips for Shopaholics

Don't get caught up in the craziness of the holiday shopping season, here are a few tips to stay on course

It’s holiday shopping season and shopaholics need be wary of falling into financial trouble. Here…

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How to Shop Safe & Save Money on Cyber Monday

Shopping from the comfort of your own home never sounded so good

When it comes to Cyber Monday you have to apply the same preparation and due…

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Support Black Entrepreneurs On Small Business Saturday

Use this campaign to support local enterprises to conduct your own "empowerment experiment"

This Small Business Saturday make an effort to devote some of your holiday shopping budgets…

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Best Black Friday Deals & the Worst Shopping Traps to Avoid

Holiday shopping season officially starts with Black Friday, here's how to come out on top without breaking the bank

Black Friday is all about the deals and low prices, but that doesn’t mean you…

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If you're anything like me, the idea of waking up at 3am on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving when holiday shopping sales generally begin) to go out in the cold, deal with holiday traffic, throngs of pushy people, and unhelpful employees just to buy a toaster or a pair of Dockers just doesn’t seem that appealing. However, if surfing the Web on Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) from the comfort of your home with a cup of coffee in hand for 40% off that Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater on your loved one’s wish list is more your speed then this edition of Suit Your Life is for you.  Here are five tips for successful deal-finding this Cyber Monday. —Gardy V. Guerrier

5 Tips for Successful Deal-Finding on Cyber Monday

Holiday shopping online can be a breeze if you follow these simple rules

Finding Cyber Monday deals is not the problem, it’s knowing how to get the most…

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Holiday Scams and How to Avoid Them

What the (real!) Better Business Bureau wants you to know about this familiar holiday scam

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox warns of the holiday scam the Better Business Bureau wants you…

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For many Americans, a big part of the holidays involve giving presents to others. But it’s perfectly fine and feasible to not give gifts to family and friends and still enjoy the holiday season.
	
In fact, if the tough economy or a job layoff has taken a toll on your household budget, this could be the year to not spend any money at all on gifts. Even if you do have money in a bank account to spend, it’s important to realize that there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the season without making all the festivities centered on gift-giving.

	Still, the average American is expected to spend $704 on holiday gifts in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation. Should you opt out of this year’s holiday shopping frenzy like the folks who’ve joined Buy Nothing Day? Perhaps. Here are five reasons why it might be wise not to spend any money at all on gifts on Black Friday and this entire holiday season. —Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

5 Good Reasons To Buy Nothing & Avoid Holiday Shopping Completely

In a troubled economy, it's perfectly fine not to spend money during the holidays

Holiday shopping can land some people in the poor house. Given the current economic downturn…

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Despite being in an economic downturn, the United States has always been known as a consumer nation. With the holiday season fast approaching and some major retailers opting to push their Black Friday business hours up a few hours, American spending expected to reach $465.6 billion in the fourth quarter.

Bundle took a look at spending data calculated by the US government, using anonymous and aggregated spending transactions that were tracked from March 20120 to March 2011, to come up with the top 100 cities for shopaholic citizens in the US. Based on the data the national average for monthly clothes spending comes out to be $142.08. Here are the top 10 shopaholic cities in the US, ranked by the highest average monthly spending.

10 Most Shopaholic Cities in the US

These 10 cities will likely top the holiday shopping list this year

Despite the economic downturn, America continues to be a consumer society where spending is at…

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Attention Layaway Shoppers: 8 Tips to Know Before Using Layaway

Why you need read the fine print before committing to that purchase

Money coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells what you need to know before you commit to putting…

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Seal It with a Tip!

Not sure what to give as a simple thank-you gift? See our chart of tipping points from etiquette guru Anna Post

Blackenterprise.com spoke with the author and protocol legend Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter, Anna Post, on the…

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For more holiday coverage, read: 'Tis the Season to 'Buy Black' WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Holiday Shopping Guide Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy for the Office Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

9 Gift Ideas That Will Have You “Buying Black” This Holiday Season

Bring holiday cheer to loved ones AND Black-owned businesses

Here are a few gift suggestions straight from Mrs. Buy-Black America, Maggie Anderson, of The…

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Holiday Shopping Guide

Still picking up last-minute gifts? Daisy gives easy gift ideas for co-workers and friends

In our new video series, Working Your Style, our host Daisy Lewellyn (TV personality, style…

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For more holiday tips, read: Holiday Bonuses: A Thing of the Past or on the Comeback? Holiday Entertaining on a Budget  Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy

‘Tis the Season to ‘Buy Black’

The Anderson family shares tips on how to check "shop at Black-owned businesses"

Blackenterprise.com spoke with the Andersons, founders of EE, about the importance of supporting black-owned businesses,…

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Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy for the Office

Consider these 5 tips when spreading holiday cheer in the workplace

Blackenterprise.com spoke with the author and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute, Anna Post, on…

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Don't buy a product that doesn't meet your needs “It looks like a lot of the e-readers advertised on Black Friday sales are pretty good deals,” says Bradford. It is rumored that the Barnes and Noble Nook, which is usually $150 will be $99 just for Black Friday at Best Buy. “The only caveat is that it has WiFi and not 3G,” says Bradford. 3G is better because you can get an internet connection anywhere there is a cell phone signal, regardless of whether or not there is a WiFi signal. Also, the Nook gets free access to 3G and WiFi on AT&T’s network. “If WiFi is fine with you then that is a really good deal, says Bradford. “Most people aren’t going to need to download a book while standing out on a street corner.” But if downloading a book on the fly is your thing then you might want to spend more for 3G. Leading up to Black Friday stay informed about new models that are soon to be released. A lot of brands will be releasing newer models towards the end of this year and the beginning of the next year. If having the latest product is important to you, don’t buy an older version just because it is on sale.

SLIDESHOW: What to Look for When Buying Electronics on Black Friday

Make your list and check it twice. We tell you what to look for when hitting the store

Planning to purchase a laptop or other electronic on Black Friday, but not sure if…

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How Not to Go Broke on Black Friday

For the best deals, planning is key

Though Black Friday is all about getting the most bang for your short buck, there…

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While Holiday Shopping, Guard Against Identity Theft

Frenzied shopping and a tidal wave of phone, mail and Internet marketing create just the right environment of distraction for crooks.

The holiday season is prime time for identity theft. It’s no wonder: the mix…

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You Don’t Have to Cancel Christmas, but…

Making a list and checking it twice could result in the best gift of all: a debt-free New Year.

The pressure has already started to get us to start our holiday shopping and spend…

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