Archive for November, 2012

Them that’s got must give on #GivingTuesday

Are you feeling a little whipsawed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday pulling your money every which way?

Well, this is no time to rest on your deal getting laurels. Today is the first annual #GivingTuesday and a collection of non-profits want you to engage in a little giving back.

I had no idea until yesterday that this mission to create a national day of giving during holiday season existed…but here’s the basic idea:

More than 2,000 #GivingTuesday partners from all 50 states are either registered 501(c)3 organizations with a specific #GivingTuesday initiative or for-profit businesses, schools, religious or community groups spearheading a project that will benefit at least one 501(c)3.

You can see all the partner organizations online and read about how they are participating in the event.

Then all you have to do is decide who and how you want to help.

Mashable recently featured six inspiring companies that have joined #GivingTuesday.

The list includes Sony which is giving $1 …

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Cyber Monday Update: Share your finds

The thing about Cyber Monday is that there is NO instant gratification.

Unlike the many people who shopped the early sales on Gray Thursday and were home before 10 p.m. watching their favorite shows on a new HDTV, you will just have to wait for your Cyber Monday purchases to arrive at your door.

However, please feel free to share your finds and send a picture or two today! — Facebook | Twitter | Email

– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

Cyber Monday: The Glitches

No massive shopping venture ever seems to go off without a hitch — not even virtual shopping. A few reported shopping challenges this Cyber Monday were sent my way via Twitter:

@katiebravesfan reports: “Barnes and Nobles website! Was sloooooow as could be this morning!”

@greenbeans612 says: “Creative Loafing’s Loaf Deals. Bought 1 with $7 discount, was charged for 2 at full price. Site crashed a bunch of times.”

I had my own interesting experience on Kohls.com. Couldn’t search anything without getting …

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Cyber Monday: The deals

By now you may be totally over the whole shopping thing, but Cyber Monday doesn’t care.

In fact, by most retailer accounts, the Monday once devoted to online shopping is now “Cyber Week.” Kohl’s and Target, for example, are both advertising Cyber Specials for the entire week.

Maybe you’ve been prepping for this all month. Maybe you started your online shopping during Black Friday. Maybe you’re just firing up the computer this morning  — whatever the scenario, here’s a sampling of the deals a few major retailers have listed for Cyber Monday:

Belk: Belk is running three days of doorbusters which include 50 percent off Sperry slippers for men and women; 50 percent off the entire stock of leather coats from Michael Kors, Buffalo and Via Spiga and $59.99 for Weight Watchers 10 -pc cookware set. Some exclusions apply to the 20 percent off cyber sale discount.

Dell: Dell is offering Cyber Monday doorbusters every three hours beginning Monday at midnight. They include the new …

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Wes Moss: Keep market drops in perspective

(Certified financial planner Wes Moss provides personal finance advice and accessible investment strategies. His guest post appears here weekly.)

Wes Moss hosts 'Money Matters' Sunday mornings on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

Wes Moss hosts 'Money Matters' Sunday mornings on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

It’s a classic cartoon scene: The loopy scientist looks through his telescope and sees a huge meteor hurtling toward Earth. He panics and sets all sorts of insanity in motion before realizing he was looking though the wrong end of the telescope — at a speck of dust.

Investors are playing the role of that nutty astronomer these days, based on feedback from my clients and calls to my radio show. We are experiencing the biggest, small correction in the history of the stock market because investor reaction to this dip is three times what it should be. The market is down approximately 6 percent and people are reacting as if it’s down 18 percent.

I call this the “3X Election Correction.” I’m getting more calls now than I did during the first and …

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Black Friday: Shopping weekend tragedy

I spent much of Black Friday staring in wide-eyed amusement at photos and videos of crazy, frenetic shoppers, but I never would have thought someone would lose their life.

On Sunday, an alleged shoplifter who was apprehended at a local Walmart, died.

Here’s the full story.

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– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

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Cyber Monday: Some retailers sit it out

So you’re all geared up for Cyber Monday which officially starts at midnight (though as we all know the online deals have been flowing all week).

And while experts expect shoppers to spend $1.5 billion and push online shopping up 12 percent over last year, not all retailer are involved.

Owners of local stores including PeachMac, an Athens-based retailer with 11 stores and Atlanta-based Abbadabba’s, a shoe shop with five stores, each opted to pass on Cyber Monday.

Find out why they made that choice and why other retailers are doing the same, in this story, by my colleague Arielle Kass.

What do you think of retailers who choose not to participate in Cyber Monday? Are they crazy to miss out on big bucks?

Shopping on Cyber Monday? Join the conversation  Facebook | Twitter (#BlackFridayATL) | Email
– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

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Cyber Monday: 5 tips for online shopping success

Phew!

You survived Black Friday. Or maybe you just avoided it all together. Either way, get ready to take your shopping spree online for Cyber Monday.

If you haven’t already done so, here are a few things you may need to do to get ready:

Membership has advantages: Join the loyalty programs for any retailers you plan to shop. Also sign up for their email alerts, follow them on Twitter and Pinterest and like them on Facebook for additional deals and up-to-the minute information.

Divide and conquer: Create a dedicated email account for your online shopping so you don’t have to sift through personal emails to get the deals. This is also a good place to send e-receipts from brick-and-mortar stores.

C’mon, get appy: An increasing number of apps can help you navigate the world of e-commerce with your smartphone or tablet. For example, the Find.com app helps you compare prices of items online and watches when they drop. The PriceBlink app self-activates every time you shop …

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Coupon Mom: Deals on dining out, Starbucks, chocolate and more

Forget leftovers, dine out

When you’re finished with the turkey dinner leftovers, you may want eat dinner out for a change of pace. Use coupons from the Nov. 18 SmartSource circular to save at local restaurants — find coupons for Moe’s Southwest Grill for either $2 off any $10 purchase or more, or a free entree with the purchase of one entree and two 32-ounce drinks.

Also find coupons for Folks, Logan’s Roadhouse and Chuck E. Cheese. This also is the time of year that restaurants offer bonus gift cards when you purchase gift cards. Even if you aren’t giving restaurant gift cards as a gift to someone else, it makes sense to buy gift cards for yourself at your favorite restaurants to get the free bonus card.

For example, Moe’s Southwest Grill will give you $5 in Moe Bucks when you spend $25 on gift cards. On Black Friday only, Logan’s Roadhouse is giving $10 in Logan Bucks with every $25 in gift cards purchased when you use the coupon on the back page of the Nov. …

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Black Friday Update: Jarring video of Georgia Wal-Mart frenzy

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You wouldn’t guess it from the YouTube video bouncing around the web, but Wal-Mart says no one was injured in a frenzy over a Black Friday deal at one of its stores in south Georgia.

According to an AP report, a spokesman for the retailer said the incident was isolated, staff and security were on hand and no one was escorted from the store in Moultrie, located in south Georgia, between Albany and Valdosta.

But if you don’t look at that video and perhaps gasp a bit, you may need a hit from the portable defib machine.


Black Friday: Photos of Atlanta shoppers


You came, you saw, you shopped.Shoppers press toward the doors for the 6 a.m. opening of JC Penny's at North Point Mall. (Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com)

And you’re still into full-blown Black Friday mode, Atlanta.

Here’s a bit what some of it has looked like far:

At right, shoppers press toward the doors for the 6 a.m. opening of JC Penny’s at North Point Mall. (Bob …

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Black Friday: Store hours

Here’s a recap of store opening hours for Gray Thursday/Black Friday:

BLACK FRIDAY STORE OPENING HOURS

A sampling of major retailers:

Belk: Midnight Friday

BJ’s: 7 a.m. Friday

Best Buy: Midnight Friday (Tickets distributed up to two hours before opening.)

Brandsmart: 10 p.m. Thursday

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Midnight Friday

Disney Store: Midnight Friday (the Perimeter Mall location opens  at 6 a.m.)

H.H. Gregg: 10 p.m. Thursday

Home Depot: 5 a.m. Friday

JC Penney: 6 a.m. Friday

Kohl’s: Midnight Friday

Lowe’s: 5 a.m. Friday

Kmart: 6 a.m. (until 4 p.m.) and 8 p.m. Thursday

Macy’s: Midnight Friday

Rite Aid: 7 a.m. Friday

Sam’s Club: 7 a.m. Friday

Sears: 8 p.m. Thursday

Staples: 5 a.m. Friday

Stein Mart: 7 a.m. Friday

Target: 9 p.m. Thursday

Toys R Us: 8 p.m. Thursday

Walmart: 8 p.m. Thursday

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A sampling of major malls:

(Individual store hours may vary.)

Atlantic Station: 8 a.m. Friday

Arbor Place Mall: 5 a.m. …

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