How To Get The Most Out Of This Holiday Shopping Season And Black Friday

by Hank Coleman Cash BackIt is going to be a tough holiday shopping season for businesses. Thanksgiving and Black Friday are going to be in late November this year. Businesses will lose about six days of shopping and sale madness if they wait. The government shutdown, unemployment, and consumer worries are weighing on shoppers minds.

These things will actually benefit shoppers this holiday season. Most retailers are moving their holiday sales earlier into the month. Shoppers will start to see promotions before Black Friday. More retailers will be offering free shipping this holiday season.

Now, more than ever, the holiday season is sooner rather than later. It is before Black Friday, even. The holiday season is moving on to the left on the calendar. It’s the second week in November and you’ve already missed some holiday savings and sales.

This year, Thanksgiving falls on November 28th, late in the month. As a result, there are six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, which means many retailers are jumping the gun on their holiday sales. They’re moving the holiday shopping season further into November, before Thanksgiving. But, there are ways that you can take back control of this holiday shopping season, and I talk with two great guests on the podcast about just that.

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In this episode of the Money Q&A podcast, “Your Money: Your Choices”, I interview Jon Lal, founder and CEO of We talk about what consumers can expect during this year’s holiday shopping season. We talk about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas sales, and much more.

We also discuss how consumers can get the most bang for their buck on through coupons, coupon codes, cash back deals, and more. You won’t want to miss what Jon has to say about this holiday season and the deals consumers are going to score!

This is going to be one of the slowest holiday sales gross since 2009, according ShopperTrak. Data show that consumer confidence has tumbled in October, as part of the partial government shutdown rattles households. Debt ceiling crisis and payroll taxes earlier this year, have also caused consumers to be weary. Morgan Stanley expects that the holiday season to be the most promotional since 2008, and e-commerce is going to account for about 13% of all holiday retail sales.

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About Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning. Email him directly at Hank[at]

Hank Coleman has written 578 articles on Money Q&A. Learn more about Money Q&A on Twitter @MoneyQandA and @HankColeman.

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