Thursday, November 22, 2012
Keep an eye on traffic conditions and the best gas prices during the holiday weekend and beyond with the help of West Cobb Patch.
Will you be going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving? Are you planning to drive from store to store to find this weekend’s best deals? Or are you on the lookout for the best gas prices in town? Patch is here to help. West Cobb Patch’s Commute page allows users to get a live look at traffic maps for Cobb, Paulding or Douglas counties and beyond. And drivers looking to save some dough for the holiday shopping season—or at any time of the year—can visit the Commute page to find the best gas prices in Powder Springs, Lithia Springs or any city of their choice.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Find out what’s in before you head out to take advantage of Black Friday savings.
Making sure to put just the right presents under the tree for kids can be a trick even for Santa. If you’re hoping to find out what’s hot before you head out to shop on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, we’ve put together a few suggestions. What toys are in demand in your house this season? Share your suggestions in the comments section. Retailers themselves are generally the best judges of what’s in. Here are what some of the biggest toy retailers in West Cobb and beyond are saying: This store agrees has come up with a handful of choices. They include: To see the full list of suggestions, visit Target online. This retailer has an extensive list of hot toys for the holidays. It’s also running an online contest where customers can …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Want a great deal? You may have to spend part of your Thanksgiving to get it. Tell us what you think about retailers pushing the start of the holiday shopping season onto Turkey Day.
Looking to grab some great Black Friday deals? Better be prepared to scarf down the turkey and put away the pumpkin pie quickly. It’s becoming a tradition for the holiday shopping season to start well before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone. But your holiday food might still be warm by the time retailers offer the first “Black Friday” deal. Take, for example, Walmart. The retailer is rolling out its first Black Friday deals Thursday—that’s Thanksgiving night—at 8 p.m. Not to be outdone, Target is inviting customers to grab its Black Friday deals at 9 p.m. Thursday. The early deals means those hoping to save money during their holiday shopping will be spending part of another holiday heading to stores, fighting the crowds and waiting in …
The retailer announces that it will open at 9 p.m. on Thursday. Walmart already had planned to open at 8 p.m.
Monday, November 19, 2012
It won't be hard to find a place to shop on Thanksgiving night. Target has announced that it will open at 9 p.m. Thursday so shoppers can get a head start on Black Friday deals. “We thought long and hard about when the right opening time would be,” Target executive Kathee Tesija said in an Associated Press report. Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, already had announced that it will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Do you plan to shop for Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments below. Target plans to offer deals that include an Apex 32-inch LCD TV for $147 and a Nikon digital camera for $99.99 for the earlier opening, according to the report. From 4 a.m. to noon on Friday, customers who spend $50 or more on clothing…
The nation's largest retailer will roll out specials beginning at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Black Friday? That was SO 2011. Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, has announced that it will begin holiday shopping specials at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, according to media reports. The retailing giant also began Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving 2011, but at 10 p.m. In 2012, the specials start at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Are you glad to see Black Friday deals extended further into the Thanksgiving holiday? Or do you feel that it's overkill? Tell us in the comments below. According to an ad on Walmart.com, Black Friday/Thursday specials include $399 for an iPad 2 (16GB) and $148 for a 32-inch television.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
As I set out for new clothing and shoes, the madness I assumed I would encounter just wasn't there.
I never go shopping, and I especially never go shopping on Black Friday. But this week, I broke both rules. The day before (Thanksgiving), a friend alerted me to the fact that I needed new shoes—and perhaps a new wardrobe altogether. My rebuttal: I’ve worn these shoes almost every day for the past four years, and they’re still together. Yes, she replied, but the leather is completely worn down, there’s no sole left, and the hole on the back of the right one is very obvious. I began to think about all the meetings where I probably should be wearing less ragged footwear. The self-consciousness quickly overwhelmed me, so I caved, coincidentally on Thanksgiving night. Clothes shopping for me takes place roughly every year and a half to two …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Have your own suggestions on how to survive the upcoming shopping frenzy? Add them in the comments.
Thanksgiving may be the great feast day, but for many, it’s the day after that has moms celebrating. Black Friday carries the anticipation of getting your entire Christmas list knocked out cheaply and efficiently in one day. Or maybe not. I’ve had successful and unsuccessful Black Fridays, and trust me, to get the former, you need to strategize. Here are some tips to remember before hitting the aisles: 1. Gather all the pertinent information you need to effectively shop. Who needs a gift? What are their preferences? Where do they shop? 2. When it comes to clothing, what are their sizes, favorite colors and most complementary styles? (It's not a good idea to get a caftan for someone who should be wearing straight lines.) 3. When it comes…
Monday, November 21, 2011
If so, please let us know so we can let the community know.
By now, most everyone has heard about Small Business Saturday. But why not begin the celebration of shopping local on Black Friday? If you're the owner of a local retail business and have plans for the Friday after Thanksgiving, let us know either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or posting in the comment box below. That goes for local restaurants, too. We'd like to put together a video of small business owners discussing their Black Friday plans, so if you'd be willing to participate in that, let us know by Wednesday morning. Also, restaurants can let us know if they're providing dining alternatives on Thanksgiving. Above everything else, I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving and stressless, safe shopping weekend.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sometimes less stress is the best gift.
You can’t help but notice that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Stores have been decked out in tinsel and holly berries since the day after Halloween, if not sooner. They’re hoping you get the hint: shop early this year. Everyone knows about the Black Friday sales dotting the landscape the day after Thanksgiving. Macy’s and Walmart are launching theirs at midnight, in fact, putting pressure on their competitors to do the same. OK, I’ll admit, I’m feeling the holiday season heat. So on the way home after picking the kids up from school, I glanced back at my son in the back seat and asked, “What do you want for Christmas this year?” He squirmed a little in his seat, knowing it hasn’t been an easy financial year for us, as is the…