Black Friday nears: Consumers told to use caution before holidays

The El Paso Times advises for shoppers to be careful and plan out how they will spend their money in order to maintain a good credit store.

“A year’s worth of financial progress can be squandered during the holiday shopping season without planning and discipline,” said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst with

Develop a game plan and a budget for the holiday season, save for holiday expenditures instead of charging up your credit cards, and don’t be afraid to scale back this year if you’re facing an uncertain job situation or you’re behind on your bills, McBride said.

12 Black Friday Secrets Retailers Don’t Want You To Know

Mike Elgan at Datamation lists 12 “secrets” that will help make your Black Friday more successful and avoid retailers’ tricks.

They don’t call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday” for nothing. It’s all about launching the megastores “into the black” – into profitability. They profit not by offering goods at a loss, but by using ultra-low prices to lure you into their stores, where they can employ dirty tricks to make money.

But with my secrets, and some smart planning, you can make “Black Friday” profitable for yourself, not the store.

Shop Black Friday for digital gear deals

USATODAY writes about shopping for digital gear on Black Friday and the sales you can expect on certain items as well as what would probably not be on sale.

Despite what you see in stores right now, the Friday after Thanksgiving begins the traditional Christmas shopping season. It’s called Black Friday to mark the day retailers make profits and are “in the black.” It’s also the day for extended shopping hours, crowded stores and deeply discounted prices.

Why You’ll Buy a Netbook On Black Friday

Mike Elgan of Datamation notes that the netbook will be popular this year as it is affordable and the perfect gift. They also have a list of tips on how to get great netbook deals this Black Friday.

First, unless the Grinch finds a way to keep Christmas from coming, the holidays will soon be upon us. Netbooks make perfect gifts because the cost is low, the value is high, and everybody wants one. Unlike other gadgets, netbooks are popular among all age groups, from 9 to 99. They’re even great gifts for people who already own desktop, laptop and other netbook computers. You can never be too rich, too thin or have too many netbooks.

Read Mike’s full article »