How to Avoid Overspending When Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping 

If you’re getting ready for a marathon shopping trip this Friday, take a few notes from our friends at Nerd Wallet with this guest blog.

Even when planning an inexpensive celebration, it’s easy to fall under the spell of holiday music and sparkling store decorations while your purchases spiral out of control. Before hitting the stores this year, here’s what you need to know to manage seasonal spending and still enjoy a holiday with all the trimmings.

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Black Friday Sales Results: Fewer Shoppers, But More Spending

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Black Friday Results – Fewer Shoppers, But More Spending

The Great American Retail Frenzy that now begins before Thanksgiving turkeys cool has proved to be a good deal for retailers this year, according to new data.

ShopperTrak — a company that tracks in-store shopper analytics — found that, while store traffic was down a bit this year, “Black Weekend” retail sales were up versus last year.

The company estimates that this year’s “Black Weekend” resulted in a 1% increase in consumer spending at traditional “brick and mortar” retailers versus last year.

“Black Weekend” begins on Thanksgiving and continues through “Black Sunday.” Of course, it’s then followed by “Cyber Monday,” (in true huckster tradition: “But wait, there’s more!”).

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