Money360 Weekly Roundup: Black Friday Edition

I know several people who often use Black Friday sales as a method for reducing the cost of their Christmas shopping.

They do it the sensible way, though. They already have a list of a few items that they would consider buying for the people they need to purchase gifts for, and they simply cross-check all of the flyers and internet ads with their potential shopping list. They end up with a useful shopping list for their Black Friday. If nothing matches up, they sleep in and avoid the rush.

Today, I’m going to share some other tips I’ve found around the ‘net for managing Black Friday and Christmas season shopping, but first, one last great Thanksgiving-related link that you may want to bookmark before tomorrow.

Also, a quick note: there will be no Reader Mailbag tomorrow morning due to Thanksgiving, but they will resume next Monday as normal.

This is just a cavalcade of great advice for pulling off a successful Thanksgiving meal, and a successful Thanksgiving meal is one that doesn’t involve throwing money away in a food emergency. (@ )

I think many people perceive Black Friday as having tons of great bargains. Usually, the deals are pretty shallow, though – there are only a few items that really amount to a true discount. (@ )

Six Black Friday Scams to Fear I am very, very dubious when it comes to buying off-brand computers, particularly on Black Friday. (@ )

If you don’t have a plan, it’s not worth it. (@ )

Consumer Reports always offers good advice in situations like these. (@ )

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