Tips for Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday Shopping

Thanksgiving is almost immediately followed by Black Friday shopping, which has become an event in and of itself. Get the most with your money by following these easy tips.

Do Your Research Early: Black Friday once took place only one day a year, but now, many retailers will have deals all week long – or even all month long. Check social media pages, catalogs, and various other specials beforehand.

Compare Prices: There are tons of resources online like ShopZilla, PriceGrabber, FatWallet, and more that allow you to price check items that might be cheaper at certain stores.

Use Loyalty or Rewards Programs: If you plan to shop a lot at one location, research that store’s loyalty programs and take advantage of the benefits they give you.

Make a Budget: Black Friday sales, even though the prices are great, are designed to tempt you so you end up buying more than you originally intended. Avoid this sales tactic by making a budget ahead of time.

Check Mobile Apps: Apps like ShopKick and RetailMeNot offer exclusive or hard-to-find coupon codes, and you may also have a few online coupons sitting around in your email. Make sure your phone is fully charged when you take it with you, too.

Ready to go Black Friday shopping now? The world is at your fingertips online, where you can get great deals, compare prices, and find coupons you couldn’t get anywhere else.

Affordable Thanksgiving Meals

Happy Thanksgiving inside an autumn wreath

Want to have a great Thanksgiving, but looking to stay on a budget? These affordable Thanksgiving meals help you impress guests without breaking the bank.


Beer Cheese Dip – Who doesn’t love beer cheese? Dip everything from pretzels to veggies and more in this indulgent sauce.

Parmesan Creamed Spinach – Add a touch of unusual autumn flair to this yummy cracker dip by throwing in just a small bit of pumpkin spice.


Baked Mashed Potatoes – What would Thanksgiving be without mashed potatoes? Make them extra yummy with breadcrumbs, cream cheese, and bacon.

Green Beans – This Thanksgiving classic gets an upgrade with orange peels that grant it an extra burst of flavor.

Corn Pudding – Stop worrying if your soufflé turns out just right and opt for this yummy corn dish instead. Egg whites add a lighter taste.


Herb-Roasted Turkey – Looking for healthier turkey options? With nothing but spices, olive oil, and low-sodium chicken broth on this turkey, it’s a great alternative to indulgent dishes.

Ancho-Scallion Roast Turkey Breast – Mix melted butter with garlic, scallions, and ancho chilis that you then rub all over turkey breast as it roasts.

There are many more affordable Thanksgiving meals that you can make, but these are just a few ideas to jumpstart your creativity for an indulgent but inexpensive meal.