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Finding holiday deals

By Ryan Lee • Nov 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Thanksgiving is a week from today, and I’ve already started hearing commercials geared toward the upcoming sales. You can save a lot of money and hassle by making the right choices.

It is this time of year when commercialism is running at its peak. People all over the country are starting to lose their minds in their search for the best sales of the season. The day after Thanksgiving, known as “Black Friday,” is the start of holiday shopping season. Retailers across the county do their best to compete for your money.

From doorbusters to big sales, if you shop around, you are sure to find the deal you are looking for. It seems that more and more stores are opening on Thanksgiving for these sales. Some stores also are having pre-Black Friday sales, and there are some deals out there to be had.

“Black Friday” is typically a sale for brick-and-mortar shops. But every year, there are increasing amounts of retailers that also offer deals online. This year is no different, and most of the items you find in the shops also can be found online.

Typically, “Cyber Monday,” the Monday immediately following “Black Friday,” is when online retailers offer their best deals. The lines seem to be blurring, so if you are looking for something this holiday season, make sure to check all the days around Thanksgiving, including the weekend. Nowadays, you can get many of the same sales from traditional brick and mortar stores from the convenience of your own home by shopping on their website or using stores’ apps.

If you are looking for websites to find the best deals, I would start by looking at the ads in the newspaper. Whether it’s for a local item or online only, newspapers are still king when starting your search.

Most of the bigger stores will include information about their sales on their website, as well. If you have looked at the ads and are still not sure, then I would check out the store’s website. Many times, there will be information regarding the sales on the front page of the site. You can always periodically check the sites starting on Thursday and through next Monday as well. You can also use the store’s app on your smartphone.

The key to online shopping is to make sure you are protected. As I have said in the past, make sure you use a credit card with any online purchases. By using a credit card, your transaction will be protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act. By law, you would have the right to dispute any charges you felt were not right.

If you are purchasing from a big-name retailer, you should feel safe with your transaction online.

Ryan Lee is the IT director for the Sandusky Register and Norwalk Reflector. He can be reached at [email protected]

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