Sunday, November 25, 2012
Have you trimmed your spending because of the economy or has good fortune enabled you to spend more?
Many of you might already be done with your holiday shopping. Still others might be waiting for even better deals that sometimes pop up prior to Christmas. But how does your spending compare to prior holiday seasons? Those who have lost jobs due to the economy, who feel their jobs might be threatened or who have suffered other setbacks might be a little tighter with the purse strings than someone who just got that promotion. With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday over, and Cyber Monday waiting for a business surge tomorrow, you should have a pretty good handle on your 2012 holiday budget. So how much do you plan to spend this holiday season? Let us know by voting in our poll. And tell us in the comments section why you are spending …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Don't want to wrap that mound of presents you just bought? Angel Ridge Animal Rescue volunteers will do it for you for a donation—with all proceeds benefiting the shelter.
After many hours of shopping under your belt (to replace the turkey you had in there just 10 hours before), "Wrap Up" the shopping with Angel Ridge Animal Rescue, where volunteers will wrap your gifts and goodies for a donation. Even if you are just taking a short break to catch your breath or get off your feet for a few minutes, volunteers from the nearby organization ask that you check out the handmade craft items, gift ideas, stocking stuffers and raffles that Angel Ridge will have on Black Friday. Where? Ponderosa Steak House, Trinity Circle, Washington PA When? Friday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more informatio on Angel Ridge Animal Rescue, visit the website here.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday rule the shopping roost after Thanksgiving.
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year—starting on Thanksgiving Day! Walmart announced that it would open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22 and offer holiday doorbusters while supplies last. These include deals on TVs, iPads, an electric scooter for $79 and a steam mop for $39. Not to be outdone, Target and Best Buy are also planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Target's deals begin at 9 p.m. According to an ad leaked online, the best deals will be for TVs, a Nook, a Nikon camera and an XBOX 360 Kinect bundle. At Best Buy, doors open at midnight. Doorbusters include deals on TVs, phones and Samsung laptop bundles. …
Monday, November 28, 2011
If it's too good to be true, it probably is, bureau says.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Today is Cyber Monday, the day that people who did not find all their holiday gifts over the Black Friday weekend turn to the Internet for other shopping deals. Scammers try to prey on Cyber Monday bargain hunters by advertising "one day only" promotions from recognized brands. Consumers should be on the watch for too good to be true emails from unrecognized websites. In advance of the holiday season, the FBI reminds shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, sale of fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Excitement, experience and sales draw shoppers to South Hills Village.
Linda Book arrived at South Hills Village at 3:30 a.m. with a plan. By 4:45 a.m., she had the shopping bags to prove her plan was working. “We’re here to get the best buys of the season,” Book said. “(The stores) have regular sales, which is great, but we want the really good ones.” She and her nieces, Maria and Amanda, all of Whitehall, admitted that Black Friday shopping is a little crazy. But it’s also fun, they said. It’s a challenge to get the best deals—and they insisted it’s well worth it. The family was pretty pleased with the sales they found, mainly at clothing stores. They weren’t the only early birds to flock to the mall at a time when some people are just crawling into bed, and others have been asleep for hours. Lindsey …