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Get a Good Deal on a Last-Minute Getaway

February and March leave most people with a bit of cabin fever. The festivity and cheerfulness of the holidays are long over, and, for many of us, frigid temperatures and gray skies remain. Even if you live in a locale where the weather is relatively mild, there’s just something dull and dragging about this late-season slump. A last-minute weekend getaway is a popular way to beat the winter blues. And you can make it happen without breaking the bank. Here are some things to consider when you’re looking for a good deal on a last-minute getaway: It’s About the Journey, Not the Destination Often, wanting to get away last minute is more about the “getting away” than it is where you end up. That can work to your advantage. Lots of websites publish last-minute deals to cities and destinations you wouldn’t have considered otherwise. Head into your search with general…

Plan Ahead to Get the Best Shopping Deals

Chances are you’re going to buy lots of stuff this year. Sometimes you have no choice about when to shop, like when the ‘fridge is running on empty, your microwave nukes its last leftover or your clothes washer gurgles a death rattle. Many purchases, however – big and little – can wait until the time is optimal for getting the very best deals. So if you’re thinking of upgrading an item you currently own or adding something new to your inventory, mark your calendar now and then watch for deals from national and local retailers. Here are tips from consumer experts on the best months to target for shopping for specific items. January Fitness is a key component for this post-holiday period with elliptical bikes, treadmills and bathroom scales on sale. For tucking in comfortably on cold winter nights, bed linens are on sale, as are towels. New model office…

Black Friday’s Coming. Should You Care?

We should probably clear something up before talking about this year’s Black Friday: “Just where did that name come from, anyway?” It doesn’t sound very pleasant, after all. Black Friday Origins Nobody ever sat down and declared the day after Thanksgiving to be “Black Friday.” It sort of evolved over time. The day after Thanksgiving (or as it was known in more retail-focused circles, “the day after Macy’s Thanksgiving parade”) has been a major shopping day since the 1950s. This unofficial first day of the Christmas season (in the popular, not the religious, sense) has been increasing the population density of shopping districts for a long time, if for no other reason than the fact of so many people having the day after Thanksgiving off from work. As for the name, it’s said the popular moniker originated with Philadelphia police officers in the 1960s. They coined “Black Friday” because the…