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  • Top Five Black Friday Retailers!

    Are you looking to score a sweet deal this upcoming Black Friday? Thousands of shoppers around the country will be on the prowl the day after Thanksgiving searching for the best prices on items they love. From a huge television set to a deluxe coffee maker, you'll never know what hot ticket item is up for grabs. If you're searching for an excellent place to strike your next Black Friday deal, check out these five amazing retailers!
    Walmart

    Walmart is the king kahuna of deals during the holiday season. Toys, electronics, apparel, and furniture are just some of the hot ticket items shoppers desire. Walmart is set to open the doors early to eager customers who are ready to strike a deal.

    Amazon

    Do you want great holiday prices without all of the chaos and headache? Amazon is one of the premier online retailers providing incredible deals to customers at the click of a mouse. Shoppers will have opportunities to receive hefty discounts on several of Amazon's own products including echo devices, Fire tablets, and 4K televisions. Shop from your couch this Black Friday, and snack on some of the Thanksgiving leftovers!

    Best Buy

    Imagine watching the big game on your new 50" smart TV! Best Buy is your ticket to becoming the envy of your friends and family this holiday season. Best Buy is offering outrageous deals on laptops, tablets, and everything digital! Your car rides will be much quieter with your children occupied by their new electronic devices!


    Macy's
    Does your limited budget prevent you from purchasing that brand new mattress? Macy's is your top retailer offering the mattress of your dreams. Spice up your winter wardrobe with stylish accessories offered at a great bargain. You will be the talk of the office with your stylish and new look.

    Target

    Target may not be on your list of top stores to visit for great bargains. However, you will be surprised by all of the amazing sales that are available. You can sign up for free to receive the holiday ad early on their website to be ahead of the game.

    As you prepare for holiday shopping, create a game plan in advance to hit all of the top retailers. Go shopping with your friends and family to divide and conquer all of your favorite stores!

  • Your 2018 Holiday Shopping Guide

    Holiday shopping time is approaching quickly

    To make it easier we have developed a unique shopping guide to take some of the guess work out of gift giving. We have also included some very handy tips to help make gift purchasing just a little less stressful.

    Create a list

    Make a list of items for each recipient well before shopping and sales begin. This list should begin with the pickiest recipient and continue down to the easiest. This way that picky recipient will be taken off of the list first, which makes the rest of it easy to accomplish. Knowing what the recipient likes or needs makes shopping or planning for them easier as well.
    If someone seems to have it all it might be better to stick to the general shopping guide suggestions outlined below.

    Here are some Apps to Guide you

    Today, there are many gift guides software apps like Giftster, Santa's Bag, Christmas Gift List, Gift it, and of course Amazon's always reliable Gift Organizer to help keep track of those on a gift list, the types of gifts you purchase, cost and location of where they were purchased.

    Women over 40

    The best gifts for this age bracket fall into the accessories or jewelry category. A beautiful but simple necklace or even a scarf could make their day just right. If their ears are pierced they may even love to receive a pair of pearl earrings. Click here for 25 more great gift suggestions from Woman's Day!

    Men over 40

    Men are usually easy to please when it comes to gift receiving. These males appreciate gifts that provide comfort or make their lives easier. A handsome pair of leather gloves makes touching an ice cold steering wheel much easier in the winter months.

    He may also appreciate a new wallet, scarf, or even a new tie.

     


    These gifts are traditional, but always seem to be welcomed. Check out Esquire's blog on gifts for some more inspiration on what to buy the man of the house!

    Teens

    Teens love gift cards. This way they can pick out their own style or items they like. They appreciate the chance to be able to shop for themselves and these cards make that possible.

     


    This item doesn't have to be just given in a card though.

     


     

    Gift cards can be placed between the wrappers of a giant candy bar, put in a gift basket filled with stationary supplies if the teen loves art, or even put in the bottom of a stocking filled with goodies. Again, there are so many unique and fun ways to give this type of gift.

     

    Pay Attention to Pre-Holiday Sales

    The closer to the Holiday we come, the bigger the sale frenzy! All your favorite online and in store retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Wayfair, Sam's Club will be offering never before found discounts an all things gift and holiday related. The top categories being Tech, Fashion, and home.

    Holiday shopping does not have to be as stressful as it was in the past. With the tips and suggestions outlined in this little shopping guide we hope we have helped to make this holiday season just a little easier!

    Readers, do you have any tips on gift giving? Please share your feedback below.

  • These 3 retailers offer the best cosmetic discounts.

    The Cosmetics Industry is one of the most lucrative with annual industry revenues of $445 billion in beauty cosmetics.

    Men buy almost as much cosmetics as women, though mainly for skin care. Women spend an average of 13 percent more than men on cosmetics, related to beauty products.

    There are over a dozen categories of cosmetics from which to choose. These include:
    . Fragrances
    . Eye makeup
    . Hair preparations
    . Baby products
    . Bath oils, capsules, bubble bath and other miscellaneous bath products
    . Makeup blushers, powders, rouge, lipstick and liquid makeup for the face and body
    . Oral Hygiene products
    . Skin care products
    . Shaving products
    . Manicuring products like nail enamels, polish/enamel removers, cuticle creams
    . Suntan products
    . Skin creams, sprays and powders
    . Deodorants, cleansing soaps and feminine personal products

    Brands name Versus House brands:

    There are two avenues of choice when purchasing cosmetics. The first is to choose brand names that will might cost a little more or a generic brand that costs less. The determination on which choice is better depends on the buyer. Generic "house" brands generally won't offer discounts since they are already reduced in price. Quality is another factor to consider when purchasing cosmetic products.

    However, often the difference in quality between brand name cosmetics and house brands is negligible. In some instances, the less expensive brand might be of equal or higher quality. For example, Lancome Mascara is priced at $26 while Maybelline mascara is priced at $7.

    The three retailers who offer the best cosmetic discounts include:
    . Walgreen's
    . Walmart
    . CVS

    These three retailers regularly offer discounts in printed flyers, as well as online at their websites. It is also important to note that all three of these retailers stock trade name cosmetics like Chanel, Clinique, Lucerin Skin Care, Cover Girl makeup, Maybelline, Revlon and their own generic brands.

    These three retailers also offer online discounts that are automatically applied at time of purchase with discounts applied to a credit or debit card.

    In addition, all three retailers provide a price matching policy to ensure customers get the best prices available. For example, Walmart Customer Care policies are accessed online and help customers determine price matching eligibility.

    Walgreen Benefits:

    Walgreen's takes discounts on cosmetics a step further with "paperless discounts" via paperless coupons. Simply go to the Walgreen's website and shop for the cosmetics of your choice and click either "Shop" or "Clip" from the online menu. When you visit the store, discount coupons you selected are automatically applied, reducing the cost of the item.

    CVS benefits:

    CVS has an interesting "rewards" program. When a customer spends $30 on cosmetics, they can get a free beauty bag outfitted with favorite cosmetic samples like Biore skin products, Dove Bath and Body Wash and beauty tools and accessories.

    With certain cosmetic sales campaigns, CVS also offers a BOGO (Buy One, Get One) policy with up to a 50 percent discount. If customers are not satisfied with their cosmetic purchase, CVS has a return policy.

  • The Future Of Shopping

    The Impact of Modern Technology

    Modern technology has impacted numerous sectors including retail. This has resulted in many retail lotions closing as the future of shopping shifts to e-commerce. This has placed pressure on the remaining retail locations to adapt or become extinct. Many consumers are choosing to shop online using a computer or mobile device as opposed to visiting a physical store. The expectations of augmented reality will become more sophisticated and impact the online experience. This technology will enable consumers to see exactly how different items will look in their homes. Making purchases online is expected to be voice activated to make the experience even easier.

    The Social Experience

    The physical retail locations are expected to make the shopping experience of the future along the lines of a town square. The expected offerings include a selection of restaurants and entertainment facilities including theatres, concert halls, electronic and virtual reality arcades and bowling alleys. The retailers must find a way to not only attract new customers but to ensure the existing customers want to return. Many stores are expected to become guide shops where the consumer touches the product they desire and can be educated by the sales associates. Retailers are also expected to use new technologies to obtain more information about their customers, personalize the experience and revolutionize their marketing.

    The Independent Locations

    The number of independent stores is expected to increase despite the number of retail locations that have closed. The combination of the cloud and mobile based solutions will make it easy to open a new store with a fairly small investment. The option of making a purchase online and picking it up at a retail location is expected to gain in popularity. This will combine online and offline purchases and is tentatively being called click and collect. Checkout lines and cashiers may be replaced with artificial intelligence. This will enable consumers to charge their purchases when they leave while alleviating long lines and wait times.

    The Themes

    Themes are expected to play a larger role as time passes. This includes flexible payment methods, enhanced customer service, mobile wallets and mobile systems available at the retail locations. Drones are being developed for faster delivery, technology is decreasing the time necessary for product development and environmental and ethics consumer concerns will be addressed. Data security will substantially increase and jobs may be lost to artificial intelligence. The Internet of Things or the connection of devices will become essential for retail operations due to the dramatic increase in the number of consumers shopping with a portable device.

    The New Models

    The new generations are not interested in the methods used for traditional marketing. This has caused a retail renaissance leading to a disconnection of the consumer experience. Retail is expected to use data as a means of expanding commerce to reengage the consumer. The behavior of the modern consumer makes digital technology necessary for any retail business to survive. The behavior and requirements of the consumer will be analyzed regarding their preferences in the future. This will require new technologies including faster speeds, more convenient purchases and the deployment of physical locations.

  • September Is The Perfect Time To Buy These 5 Things

    When fall is upon us, that means we get to break out our comfy sweaters, indulge in cinnamon and spice, enjoy the cooler weather, and save money on great products and services! September is the perfect time of year to buy a whole host of different things.

     

    Summer Apparel

    Yes, it’s true, that fall means long sleeves and pants, coat and scarves, so why buy summer clothes that you won’t be able to wear? Well, because retailers such as Nordstrom Rack, Macy's, and JC penny offer big discounts on all sorts of summer clothing, including swimsuits, shorts, and tees. In order to make room for their fall collections, retailers will mark down their existing stock to low, low prices, which means you can score cute, summer items that you can save for the next time it gets warm out.

    Airfare

    If you’re planning a big trip for the holidays or thinking of going home for Thanksgiving, then you should search for airfare as soon as those fall leaves start to hit the ground! Buying a ticket early means that you will save big bucks, and you can use that money you saved on gifts for you or your family. If a winter holiday is too far away and you need to getaway now, many airlines also offer great off-season deals on flights.

    Mattresses

    Sometimes the best thing we can do in order to get a good night’s sleep is buy a new mattress. But mattress retailers don’t offer a lot of sales throughout the year. But September is the perfect time of year to buy yourself a new, comfy mattress. Starting around Labor Day, most mattress retailers offer stunning deals on new mattresses. Like the apparel retailers, they want to get rid of old stock to make room for new products, which means you can snag a new mattress at a bargain price.

    iPhones and iPads

    Every September Apple throws a huge event in order to introduce their new products, including the latest models of iPhones and iPads. So if you’ve been debating on when to replace your old, damaged phone or tablet, now is the time to do it, as you can get the latest and greatest iPhone or iPad. But if you’re not dying to own that new, fancy iPhone, you can score big discounts on the older models that all get marked down significantly.

    Plants and Produce

    To add a little greenery to your life and yard, the early fall season is the perfect time year to score discounted plants at your local garden store. To make room for holiday plants, garden stores will mark down their summer flowers, shrubs, and plants. The fall harvesting season is also a great time to head down to your nearby farmer’s market and enjoy fresh, local produce, in the form of vegetables and fruits.

    Fall is the best time of year to save big on a wide range of products!

  • Summer Weddings: Look Your Best for Less

    My favorite weddings are in the summertime. Light and airy dresses, open toe heels all make for a fun night out! Getting in invite can be exciting but also nerve-wracking, what are you going to wear? Looking your best doesn’t have to be expensive if you know where to look. I was determined to keep each item under $100 to make a head-to-toe fabulous look that won’t break the bank.

    I always start a look with the perfect dress. Bloomingdale's has a huge selection of beautiful dresses up to 50% off. Here are some of my favorites:

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    AQUA High-Neck Lace Dress

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    Lauren Ralph Lauren Bell-Sleeve Crepe Dress

     

    Next comes the shoes, a beautiful open toe strappy high heeled sandal is very in right now. Nordstrom has so many options up to 60% off. Here are some amazing options that are sure to please your wallet!

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    'Luminate' Open Toe Dress Sandal

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    Gracie Ankle Strap Sandal ADRIANNA PAPELL

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    Finally, every wedding look must be complete with some statement jewelry and an embellished clutch to hold your bare necessities. Think lipstick, phone, and ID only. Here are some cute dressy bag options I found on ASOS:

     

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    Claudia Canova Clutch Bag With Gold Stud Hardware

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    Maya Allover Sequin Oversized Coin Purse

     

    As for statement jewelry, I went H&M because they never disappoint with fun accessories at fabulous prices. As in under $10:

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    So go out and dance the night away, knowing you scored a gorgeous new look at unbelievable prices. You’ll feel lighter but your wallet sure won’t!

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