Friday, November 23, 2012
When people start lining up late Thanksgiving night to take advantage of door-buster deals in the wee hours Friday morning, will you be there?
Love it or hate it, Black Friday is the super bowl of shopping. And with its arrival only mere days away, Greenbelt is abuzz with people talking about the potential savings stores big and small have to offer. Some people create their own Black Friday “game plans” on what stores to hit and when after they've poured over the announced bargains various retailers have to offer. There are those so keen on saving they set alarms to wake them up in the wee hours of the night. These folks line up early and some even camp out all night to be able to scoop up the deals they’re after. Are you one of those shoppers? Do you do Black Friday or do you prefer to stay as far away from stores on the day after Thanksgiving as possible?
Could you go cold turkey on consumerism for 24 hours?
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Holiday Weekend Sales, Pre-Christmas Sales, Post-Hanukah Clearance Sales, and Kwanzaa Clearance Events—it’s enough to make you go crazy as a consumer. One organization, AdBusters, has a solution to help you retain your sanity—“Buy Nothing Day.” The group’s website touts that “the journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step” and sees capping your consumption for an entire day as that step. AdBusters, which also publishes a monthly anti-consumerist magazine, is also a proponent of the Occupy movement, and offers online and printable ads to help spread the word. The website also features guides to organized protests like a Credit Card Cut Up, Zombie Walk and Whirl-Mart. AdBusters claims …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Patch is compiling a list of Small Business Saturday deals. Share yours here.
Small Business Saturday comes on Nov. 24 this year. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses their community thrives on. This year, Patch is putting together a list of local Small Business Saturday deals. If you are a small business owner, leave your deal in the comments section below, and it will be added to the list. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.
Employees of DC-area Walmart and Sam's Club locations are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant. The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. In the DC area, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.) The strike action …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Check out which items on which you can save 6 percent during Maryland's tax-free shopping week.
You may want to wait a couple more days to buy that new pair of jeans or go back-to-school shopping. Sunday, Aug. 12 through Saturday, Aug. 18, you’ll be able to save 6 percent on some clothing and footwear items during Maryland’s tax-free shopping week. Items that will be exempt from the 6 percent sales tax include clothing and footwear priced less than $100. Accessories, ranging from bowties and bracelets to purses and watches, are not exempt, according to the comptroller of Maryland. For a full list of taxable and tax-exempt items for the week of Aug. 12-18, check out our attached PDF. School starts on Aug. 20 for Prince George’s County and Aug. 27 for Montgomery County students, so next week is the perfect time to do all your back-to…
Friday, August 10, 2012
See the latest school fashion show and win some prizes while you're at it—from 26 Redskins tickets, to jewelry, to movie passes and more.
Beltway Plaza in Greenbelt, MD, hosts its annual Back to School Fashion Show on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the center court. Models have been selected from Beltway Plaza shoppers and will showcase the latest designs from the plaza's stores. While you're taking in the fashion, take part in the plaza's raffle. Josh Dillard, Beltway Plaza marketing intern, says these are the prizes you may win: Raffle and Dance Off Prizes The Redskins tickets are for two pre-season games with the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Dillard. Some come with parking passes. The plaza will have two dance offs, one old school and one new school, according to Jenine Jones, who says she'd been the fashion show coordinator and commentator for over …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
With the excitement of earning money comes the consequences of spending it.
So far, the Responsibility Chart we started in our household to eliminate whining and teach my children better table manners is working. They aren’t perfect, but I don’t have to say, "Lips together chewing" at every meal. And to the chorus of “Mommy, I want that!” at every toy commercial during Saturday morning cartoons, I can simply say, “Save YOUR money.” The day after Thanksgiving we joined the masses at Arundel Mills Mall hoping to find a great deal in the aftermath of early morning Black Friday shoppers. Each child needed new pants and shoes, and the death of my espresso machine couldn’t have come at a better time. As we turned a corner, my oldest son’s eyes grew big as he spotted the Lego logo. “Can we go in?” “Of course, but we are …
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Here's your chance to help drive feet — and wallets — to your favorite independent business.
You might be one of those folks who slept on a cold sidewalk for the best Black Friday deals. Or maybe you're more digital in your shopping tastes and have been plotting out Internet deals for Cyber Monday. If neither of these styles fits you, there's — Small Business Saturday — on November 26. Conceived by American Express, it's a day that encourages shoppers not to bypass Main Street for the mega-mall. You can type your zip code in the Facebook Small Business Saturday page and get a listing of local small businesses. Or give one you know and love a shout out — and let others know why it tops your charts.