How to Set Up Your Black Friday Budget and Shopping Plan

How to Set Up Your Black Friday Budget and Shopping Plan

It might be hard to believe, but in just days, you’ll be clearing the turkey and gravy from the table and napping in front of the TV with football or parades in the background. You’ve got to rest up and prepare for the next big event of the season—Black Friday shopping.

Whether you prefer tackling your opponents for the last $5 Easy Bake Oven or shopping from the safety of your sofa, you’ve got to develop a pregame strategy. If you don’t want a technical foul called on your budget, you’ve got some work to do. We’re here to share some steps to help you win as you set up your Black Friday budget and shopping plan this year.

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Your Secret to Half-Off Shoes (and Everything Else)

Your Secret to Half-Off Shoes (and Everything Else)

Your old running shoes have seen better days. You’ve worn them way past their recommended mileage, and no matter how many times you wash them, that weird smell won’t go away.

But you didn’t budget for a $150 pair of shoes this month. That means you’ll either have to skip all exercise until you save up for new shoes or stink up the gym every time you hit the treadmill.

You have another choice: Choose function over form—as in, buy something because of what it does, not how it looks. When you put appearances aside, you can get what you need or want without the sticker shock. Here are some prime examples:

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the shopping tip that helps you save money

The Shopping Tip You Need to Save Money Right Now

Clipping coupons and buying at consignment stores are awesome ways to save money, but there’s another shopping tip that can save you even more—and you don’t need scissors for it.

It’s simple—before you make a purchase, ask yourself “Is this a need or a want?” Making that call can keep you from overspending on everything from groceries to the boots you saw on sale yesterday. It’s a small decision, but it makes a big difference with your money!

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8 Ways to Maximize Your Lunch Hour Shopping

8 Ways to Maximize Your Lunch Hour Shopping

It’s fun to take your lunch hour at work. Shopping or just strolling around the parking lot to stretch your legs provides a welcome break from your busy day.

But you may have a lot to pack into those 60 minutes—and so does everyone else. About 93% of working professionals leave the office to shop, take care of errands, or buy stuff online while out to lunch, according to a survey by Captivate. Weaving through traffic leaves you little time to comparison shop, exercise, or drop off the dry cleaning that’s been sitting on your bedroom floor for days.

Let’s put some punch into your lunch schedule. We’ve got eight ideas to help you get the most out of your break time.

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10 Items You Should Buy Generic

10 Items You Should Buy Generic

Sometimes it’s worth paying a higher price for a name-brand product. Maybe you like the taste of a particular food or you want a certain brand of baby diapers—we totally get that.

But what about those items you hardly think about, like trash bags or sugar? You could save a hefty amount, possibly to 20–30%, by purchasing the generic version instead. You probably won’t even notice a difference in your daily routine. Plus, that extra money can make a big impact on your budget.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and here are 10 ways we can prove it to you. Next time you go shopping, look for the generic versions of these items.

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