Black Friday for Beginners: How to Survive the Busiest Shopping Day of the Year!

What is Black Friday?

Perhaps the most popular shopping day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving (Friday) is named “Black Friday” because this is the day that most retailers go from being not profitable (red on earnings statements) to profitable (in the “black” on earnings statements.) Deal finders love these sales, and I have been going for a few years now. Generally speaking, I love Black Friday, but with the birth of my new son, it doesn’t seem practical to get up at 4:00 in the morning to find these great deals!

Here is the strategy I have used to be successful in getting every item on my wish list:

1. Get the ads – Either online or the day that they come out in the paper, grab all the ads from the papers and sit down with a pen and paper. Remember that rural areas don’t often get all the ads from the retailers, so if you are missing one from a store you want to shop, you can probably go online and get one from them at their website directly.

2. Ad by ad, circle the items that you want the most. Remember that many stores will be offering the exact same items on sale, so price compare. I use 3×5 cards to make a list for each store on each card with the items I want for that store. Group them by department if you wish for easier navigation in the store.

3. Make note of the times that the stores open on each note card. The strategy will be to go to the stores that open earliest first, and so on so that you can grab those best deals as they become available.

4. The day before the sale – Lay out your clothes, wallet, notecards, and a quick breakfast bar or other item to snack on before you go or on the drive. Remember that it may be very cold at 4a.m. where you live, so dress warmly. Avoid bulky coats if you can (dress in layers), as you will not have room in your cart to stash your coat, and it will get very, very hot waiting in those lines.

5. The day of the sale – Hit the road with your best co-shopper. This works best with a friend.

6. Hit the earliest store first. Try to get there at least 10 minutes before the store opens. You will possibly have to wait in line, but get in there. When you door opens, never push or shove other shoppers. In fact, if it is overwhelming for you, hang back a bit and let the most aggressive shoppers through first. I usually wait casually until the rush gets in, and if there is already a cart or two in the parking lot, grab them! There will be a mad dash for carts that will cause the biggest confusion. (Sometimes they run out of carts.)

7. Head for each item on your list. Most of the really good early sales (those listed for opening until about 11 a.m. only) will probably be out in the aisles for easy access. If you find an item on your list that is hard to get to (due to crowds or narrow aisles) have one of you wait by the carts and the other grab the item. This teamwork approach works great for “divide and conquering.”

8. When you are about done, try to combine all items into one cart and head for the check out line. One of you wait in line while the other roams the store for any missed deals. Check out and head for the next store on the list!

9. Don’t forget to get some breakfast, coffee and bathroom breaks as needed. Don’t let the experience stress you out! After all, you are getting some great deals.

10. And last but not least, DON’T FORGET GIFT RECEIPTS! These are very important to have if you are claiming any rebates.

If you get home and want to venture online, many stores will be having some or all of their sale items online, too! You may find that this approach works best for items where you only have one thing to get at a retailer and it is not offered exclusively during that “early bird” morning window.

Once you go shopping with a plan in mind, this shopping holiday can become a favorite shopping tradition. Happy deals to everyone!

Planning “The” Holiday Party

When getting together with family and friends over the Holidays you want to appreciate the people you have in your life. You can show them how much you appreciate them by preparing a great Holiday Party.

The majority of people these days celebrate all kinds of Holidays and with those different holidays come different kind of parties. For instance barbecues and pool parties in Fourth of July, dinner parties on Thanksgiving while a Christmas party can be a Cocktail party. Holiday party planning is not much different then planning other types of parties. You still have to invite people and make sure that you have enough food for your guests. Consider the venue, renting tables or chairs and maybe buying party supplies. If you are planning a Christmas party not only do you have to think of the party but you also have to incorporate the gift shopping, holiday decorations and all the other Christmas preparations.So you can ask someone to plan the party with you or for you, like a party-planner.

When throwing a Holiday party the theme is already chosen for you. What you have to do is sit down and do some research and put the time and money into the little things that makes your party unique. Consider doing a fabulous invitation. Change it up. Why not buy a small gift for all your guests and wrap it as a gift with the invitation on it, then send it to their home. Especially around Christmas and Hanukkah time, it is a much appreciated and fun invitation. You can send the invitation rolled up and tied with a string. There are so many things you can do; it only takes a little imagination. At Holiday times you get away with having some imagination, making the silly or impossible, possible.

Everybody looks forward to Holiday parties, it is the few parties during the year that you can let loose and forget the daily grind and pressures of life. We all look forward to have a good time. I think it is fun to be the host especially when your well planned party sticks with people and as each year goes by they still remember your party, saying; “that was the holiday that we went to so and so’s place”.

Above all have fun and enjoy the company of friends and family.

A Critical Shop To Earn Review From Someone Who Didn’t Join

So you’re thinking about joining Shop To Earn, and you’re doing a little last minute research before jumping in. Going over this entire review will help you make an educated decision because not only will I cover the essential details you need to know, but I’ll also go into what you’ll need to do to truly succeed in a company like Shop To Earn.

Who Is Shop To Earn?

Shop To Earn is a network marketing company that has a business model that revolves around online shopping. As a distributor and as a website owner, you’ll have access to your very own online shopping portal. Your shopping portal will have links to over 800 of the biggest names in retail including Staples, Wal-Mart, Sports Authority, Home Depot, Best Buy and Barnes & Nobles. When you shop on your site, you can earn anywhere from 1% to 30% cash back. From a business perspective, online shopping is a growing trend and is closing in on $300 billion a year in revenue (not counting travel). It certainly makes sense to get involved because of the sheer size of the industry. Also, Shop To Earn has been around for a few years so you don’t really need to be concerned about all the negative things that usually happen to the typical start-up company.

How Do You Make Money In Shop To Earn?

As far as the actual business opportunity, you can make money several ways as a distributor. There’s upfront income you can earn from referring other people and sponsoring new distributors into your team. There’s also long-term income potential from building a team of active and productive distributors. And because a binary compensation model is in place, you can potentially override distributors that were sponsored by other people in your upline leadership team. Of course, you should never depend on “spillover” from your upline, but it’s good to know that the potential is there. One thing you also need to know is there is a start-up cost involved to get started that ranges from $99 to be a Business Builder, to $448 to be a Broker. Then there will be a monthly requirement to buy or sell $100 worth of products from your website. Those costs are pretty typical across the industry so it shouldn’t be a big concern.

Should You Join Shop To Earn?

In a nutshell, Shop To Earn looks like a good business opportunity. They’ve been around for awhile, so you don’t have to really be worried about them going out of business. You can save money doing something you already do, and will continue to do, which is shop online. And you can earn money for doing so. All of which make for a solid opportunity. With that said, you’re going to need more than all that to succeed. Ultimately, your success will depend on your ability to sponsor new distributors into your team. My suggestion is to incorporate Attraction Marketing into your business so you can learn how to leverage online strategies to generate your leads. If you do that, there’s no telling how prosperous you can be with your home based business.