This holiday season, retailers are expected to send us nearly 13 billion catalogs. According to the American Catalog Mailers Association, that’s down from the peak in 2007 — 20 billion — but it’s still 41 catalogs for every man, woman and child in the U.S. every year.
A widely regarded survey of Twin Cities consumers says we’ll be spending more this holiday season. The University of St. Thomas survey says holiday shoppers will spend on average about $868 per household.
A Twin Cities man’s website tracks more than 4 million products at over 2,000 shopping sites.
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This year the Black Friday stampede will start earlier than ever. Best Buy , Toys “R” US and JCPenney have all announced they will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Target is joining Sears, Kohl’s and Macy’s with 6 p.m. Thanksgiving openings. Last year those four stores opened at 8 p.m.
Small Business Saturday will take place nationwide this year on November 29th. Since its launch in 2010 it has helped change the landscape of big-city neighborhoods and small town U.S.A.
Use your smartphone to truly maximize your holiday shopping. From coupon finders to shopping lists, these apps have everything you need to get the best savings.
Don’t get lost in the sea of sales, coupons, flyers and email lists. Take a little time to organize and you can save a bundle this holiday season.
When it comes to holiday shopping, last-minute free shipping can be a saving grace for the procrastinator. “With shopping, I do put things off,” said Maggie McGill of Plymouth. Burned by missed Christmas deliveries last year, more stores plan to make you order early. Of the 92.3 percent of retailers polled who plan to offer free-standard shipping of some sort this holiday season.
We’re about a month away from the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Black Friday falls on Nov. 28 this year.
Black Friday is still a month away, but Target is making a major move to win back consumers. The Minneapolis-based retailer has announced it’s offering free shipping on all online purchases starting Wednesday and going through Dec. 20.
Shares of Best Buy sank 27 percent after the company said sales declined during the holiday shopping season, which was marked by weak consumer spending and heavy sales promotions by retailers.
Target is getting hit with another lump of coal this holiday season. The nation’s second-largest discount retailer said Tuesday that an unidentified number of gift cards sold over the holidays were not properly activated.
With weather not posing a problem, shoppers flocked to their neighborhood malls and stores on Saturday to finish or, in many cases, begin their holiday shopping. According to retail analysts, Saturday is expected to be the busiest shopping day in the shortened season. And with just three days remaining until Christmas Day, many are finding deep discounts as retailers try to trim inventories. And it’s not just people getting presents under the tree. Leah Goldade of Lulu and Luigi’s Pet Boutique says business is brisk.
If you’re one of the many who’ve yet to begin their holiday shopping, you might be pleasantly surprised. That’s because many stores are offering deep discounts to make sure they don’t get stuck with large amounts of unsold inventory.