Will Black Friday become a thing of the past?
It depends on who you ask as the unofficial kickoff to the end-of-year shopping frenzy begins in earnest Friday. A new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll looking at how people plan to shop this holiday season revealed a startling insight: most Americans will only buy this weekend if they can grab a sure-fire deal, with millennials preferring Cyber Monday over Black Friday. We spoke with current and former retail store employees and the consensus is this: you can still score doorbuster deals without the chaos of the holiday crowds.
Prefer the in-person Black Friday experience? We have some pointers
If you prefer to visit the stores, you can start by uncovering the right products at the best price on your smartphone or tablet. A handful of shopping apps are designed to sniff out great deals by alerting you to a fire sale on something you’ve had your eye on. Once you’ve done your homework, get an action plan together. Some retailers are offering limited freebies likecoupon giveaways and free items after mail-in rebate which are expected to go fast. But before you make a major holiday purchase, it’s important to ask these four questions. If you don’t, you may find yourself making a budget-busting mistake.
Thanksgiving, phase 2: The leftovers
It’s time to reheat the Thanksgiving leftovers. Our friends at Grateful have a fool-proof cheat sheet to reheating your favorite dishes so they’re as good as the first time around. (Rolls can go in your slow cooker. Who knew?) Grateful also has recipes for new meals made with leftovers, as well as tips on storing leftovers so they don’t tragically end up in the trash.
Skip the shopping and hit the theaters … or couch
One of the biggest holidays of the year deserves good TV and movies to go along with your leftovers. If you’re hitting your local theater, “Knives Out” or “Queen & Slim” are good bets of having audiences talking for days. Or you can always catch up on the “Frozen 2” hype and its mad science trivia that’s made us scratch our heads. But what if you want to stay inside? That’s fine, too. There are plenty of quintessential holiday options available on various streaming platforms.
Travel woes possible: Winter storm isn’t over yet
A strong winter storm weakened and moved to the northeast on Thursday. At the same time, a second storm pounded Northern California setting up the likelihood of heavy snow spreading across the northern tier of the country as travelers head home at the end of the weekend.”A major winter storm will continue to produce heavy mountain snow and high winds across much of the Western United States through Thanksgiving Day before tracking over the Rockies on Friday,” the National Weather Service said. Forecasters warned of the possibility of end-of-holiday travel delays from wet or snow-covered roads and flight delays because of low pressure moving into the East.