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Black Friday Tips

by FinanceCookies - November 21st, 2011

When you head out on Black Friday you should be sure that you take the time that you need to be smart about the way that you shop.  Be sure that you take the time that you need to understand how you are going to be smart about the way that you shopping this Black Friday.

  1. Do all of your research ahead of time.  you want to make sure that you take the time that you need to be sure that you can look through the circulars and the online ads to ensure that you can find the best deals.  If there is something specific you need be sure that you take time to find the product at a few different stores and compare prices.
  2. Make sure that you do not get roped in by gimmicks.  Take the time that you need to be sure that you are not waiting in line just because you can receive a free gift that you do not really need.
  3. Make sure that you take ads with you if you want a store to price match.  There are some stores out there that will price match, but you have to have proof of the other price.
  4. Be sure to clip coupons as well.  Some stores will let you use coupons with their already discounted items. Make sure you call ahead to be sure you can use the coupon when you go shopping.
  5. Do not be afraid to start by shopping online.  This way, you can be sure that you are getting the best deals no matter where you end up shopping.

Market Stability in Question for Holidays

by FinanceCookies - October 19th, 2011

One of the most pressing concerns for retailers and the economy in general is the way that the market will be shaped for the holiday season. Last year, the revenue generated during the holidays was somewhat in question, due to the fact that projections for the season were very bleak.

However, people came out in force last year to buy enough goods to completely exceed expectations and make it so that a strong year was predicted as a result. However, the initial positive forecast during the first quarter was met by crippling disappointment as the market ricocheted up and down wildly during the course of the year.

With investors having been burned during the year after a positive outlook early on, the main issue being looked at is if the holiday will serve to jump start the economy or make it so that it temporarily looks better. With investors weary and cautious, there may not be as strong of sales int he next couple of months.

Watching Greece’s Market

by FinanceCookies - October 3rd, 2011

More and more people are starting to sell off their stocks today. The momentum of the sell-off has developed as investors become more and more nervous about the Greek financial failure. Even though the United States manufacturing report offered some good news for the United States, investors have been much more concerned about the debt crisis in Europe.

The manufacturing report gave some boost to the stocks for just a few hours. The American economists anticipated some weaknesses and were surprised by the report. The success did not last for very long and the stocks started to fall promptly.

If the other European countries do not bail out Greece, the country will be completely bankrupt by the end of the year. The markets around the world will continue to watch with eager anticipation to see what happens with Greece’s economic situation.