Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Marilynn Lopez-Vega of Elgin plans to use some of her winnings to buy toys for children in need.
An Elgin mom is putting her family first after winning a $2,500 shopping spree from Algonquin Commons this past week. Marilynn Lopez-Vega, 35, learned Monday she won the gift card through a raffle she entered while shopping during the early morning hours on Black Friday. Her first purchase was for her two young girls, Sofia, 5, and Annalys, 2. The girls got two new Christmas dresses with “super glittery shoes.” “Then I went to Trader Joe’s for a couple things we needed. I didn’t want to go crazy,” she said. Next up, she plans to buy several toys she will donate to the Algonquin Commons’ Toy for Tots campaign. “This came as a complete surprised so I want to spend some of this money and give back to make other kids happy as well,” she …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Which shopping bonanza do you prefer? Take our poll and let us know why you shop the way you do in the comments section.
Do you look forward to getting up in the wee hours the day after Thanksgiving for the best Black Friday deals at places like Target, Macy's or Walmart? Or do you prefer to sleep in over the long weekend and start your shopping from the comfort of your desk chair on what's become known as Cyber Monday? If you prefer Black Friday, you're part of a long shopping tradition. Black Friday has been around for more than 100 years, according to an article on its history in Time. It was already such a crucial kick-off to the holiday shopping season during the Great Depression, that retailers urged President Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving earlier in order to extend the shopping season. He did, but handled the messaging poorly and few people realized …
Friday, November 23, 2012
The first day of Christmas, in the merry old U.S.A., is about credit cards, and Black Friday.
A Comics Patch cartoon by illustrator Charley Krebs.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Prep for the madness with help from Patch. We've got information on promotions at local malls, deals at Big Box retailers and helpful advice for navigating the shopping madness.
The holiday shopping season officially kicks off this Thanksgiving weekend. Are you ready? Some will hit the stores only hours after stuffing themselves with turkey on Thanksgiving night. While others will take the more traditional route and set their alarms for the early-morning Black Friday sales. There will also be deals to be had around town for Small Business Saturday — which is this Saturday and meant to highlight the many local businesses as an option for holiday shopping. And if you aren't all "shopped" out, Cyber Monday will kick of next week's work week. We have a round up of articles below that should help you navigate this year's shopping frenzy and hopefully, even help you snag a great deal.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
We have a complete list of all the Black Friday deals at Walmart, Target, Amazon.com, Sears and much more. Both digital downloads and physical copies for this Black Friday.
I for one have practically gone broke picking up Borderlands 2, Halo 4 andXCOM: Enemy Unknown. The sad thing is, however, there are still a few games that I want to pick up. The following is a complete list of all the video game deals for this Black Friday. Please note that some of the games are digital downloads or online only deals, which will be marked below. These are all confirmed deals for this Black Friday 2012. Amazon.com - Lightning Deals Schedule Monday 11/19/12 11:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. CST NBA 2K12 (PS3) $15.99 LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii) $15.00 Game Party: In Motion (360) $10.00 Lego Batman (360/PS3) $10.00 1:10 pm - 5:10 pm PST Silent Hill: Downpour (PS3) $19.99 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (360) $14.99 The …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Apps to help you navigate and find the great deals on Black Friday.
Black Friday sales require a good strategy, comfortable shoes and a lot of coffee. There’s one more thing to add to the list: your iPhone or Smartphone. A variety of apps can turn your phone into a shopping tool that will help you navigate stores, get coupons and find the best prices. Wired reports more apps are being rolled out as retails “acknowledge the new reality of anytime, anywhere retail, a reality in which getting someone to tap an app on Black Friday is at least as important as getting them through the door.” A few recommendations from PCWorld.com includes: Google Maps Google Maps provides maps for stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom. This app can also be used to help you plan out your route and find items on store shelves. Google …
Put your Black Friday shopping ideas in the comments to this story and we will share the best of them Thursday morning. Ready, set, shop.
Black Friday begins at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Thursday for north and northwest suburban Chicago shoppers and Patch wants to know your plan. Will you head to Toys R Us or Walmart at 8 p.m. Thursday before or after the Thanksgiving dishes are done? Target opens an hour later and will have more than 24 hours of continuous shopping. How will you take advantage of the deals at both places? How will you be planning to navigate from Toys R Us or Walmart to Macy’s at midnight and not be too far behind the line for the best of the bargains? Does your plan include a partnership? Will you trade lists with a friend and then become a placeholder while someone shops for you? Will you have a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate? Will you have your …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Many area stores won't wait until Black Friday to open
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- Amy Johnson
Monday, November 19, 2012
Thanksgiving has become the new Black Friday when it comes to Christmas shopping. Die-hard shoppers can barely button up their pants again after the feast before they need to be out the door and in line for at their favorite stores. Some stores are even opening their doors before the turkey is carved. This year, K-Mart in Crystal Lake will be open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The store will then take a break for turkey time, and open again at 8 p.m. for more shopping. Other area stores and malls will at least wait until after your family has time to give thanks for their blessings this year before they start selling. Just barely though. While it used to be that many would eat turkey and mashed potatoes, sleep it off a little…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Thanksgiving weekend deals are no longer confined to the day after the holiday.
Thanksgiving remains the dividing line between a holiday almost devoid of commercialism and the biggest shopping season of the year. Although as the Washington Post noted, the start of the Christmas shopping season – "Black Friday" – has continued to be pushed forward. First stores opened at 5 a.m. And then earlier and earlier, until midnight became time for doors to open. The turkey isn't even fully digested before the shopping frenzy begins. As Patch noted, Walmart actually is starting its "Black Friday" sales on Thursday, opening stores at 8 p.m. That means people will have to scarf down dinner, shoo the relatives out the door and high tail it to Walmart to get a good spot in line. For those who enjoy the deals and the chaos, …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Are you ready for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday?
Thursday, November 15, 2012
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year—starting on Thanksgiving Day! Here are some stores with Black Friday bargains: According to TheBlackFriday.com, several other stores will also have doorbuster sales on Thursday night or at midnight on Friday. For the early morning traditionalists, some stores will open at 4 a.m. with special sales. If you want to keep up with all of the Black Friday deals, you can check your favorite retailers' Facebook pages. Want to avoid the holiday shopping mega-crowds altogether? Look for Cyber Monday deals on Nov. 26 or visit your local mom-and-pop retailers on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. • …