holiday shopping

Holiday Freebies

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Holiday shopping is in full swing and if your bank account is in need of a break consider a purchase that comes at no cost.

To help you save a bit of cash this season MSN money has put together a list of a few things you should be able to get for free.

They are items that could save you big; including smartphones, entertainment and food. For example if you want to take the family on a cross-country road trip, check out the website “Auto Driveaway.”

It can help you find a car from someone who is moving and doesn’t want to drive their car to its new home. So you can do it for them and when it’s time for you to head back; either find another “driveaway” car or book a cheap flight.  read more »

Dangerous Toys

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Holiday shopping is underway and there are a few things to watch out for.

Black Friday just kicked off this year’s shopping frenzy but before you cross anything off your list beware of what you’re buying. The consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm has issued their list of the season’s most dangerous toys. And this year it includes things that can puncture, strangle or electrocute users.

The group’s president says over the past year there have been about 28 toy recalls. The group has been producing the list since 1973 and the toys in question can be found in leading retailers as well as small specialty stores.  read more »

An Early Start

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Retail stores are preparing for Black Friday and this year it's coming earlier than ever.

While most people will enjoy family and food on Thanksgiving employees of most major stores are greeting customers. In previous years the traditional kick off to Black Friday shopping is midnight. But this time around stores such as K-Mart, Walmart and Old Navy opened on Thanksgiving Day.

Retail analysts say the fight for shoppers is more intense this year because people are expected to be spending money. The national retail federation expects holiday sales to be up two point percent. And retailers want to do whatever they can to make sure whatever money people do spend is spent with them.  read more »

Cyber Monday-- Tips to Avoid Identity Theft this Holiday Season

Monday, December 1st is “cyber Monday” a day coined by retailers as the biggest online shopping day of the year. And despite the shaky economy analysts are predicting a spike in sales. According to the Wall Street Journal marketing executives are anticipating sales to grow 2.4% from last year. They are also expecting an increase in the purchase of gift cards.

But while the surge in spending is good news for retailers there are still some warnings for online shoppers. According to the Federal Trade Commission, last year consumers reported $1.2 billion dollars of losses from identity theft and fraud.

In order to protect yourself Life Lock, a company working to stop identity theft, has compiled this list of suggestions to keep your bank accounts safe this season.  read more »