Other savings on offer are free Windows Phone devices with a two-year contract and Microsoft Office Home and Student software for $120 as against normal price of $150. Microsoft stores are offering shopping promotion discounts corresponding with how much a consumer spends beginning Black Friday right through Jan. 2, 2012. My kids have loved the Just Dance games since they initially came out. It's fun to get the new one each year that has all the new songs we're listening too. Here's a quick rundown of the prices you'll find from major retailers: Thanksgiving weekend offered a strong start, especially as Black Friday sales continued to grow in popularity. For the 2nd consecutive year, Black Friday was the highest day for retail traffic during the holiday season, followed by Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. The highest year-over-year increases in visits took place on Cyber Monday and Black Friday with growth of 16% and 13%, respectively. After three o'clock in the afternoon (the time at which Jesus is traditionally believed to have died), the faithful venerate the cross in the local church and follow the procession of the Burial of Jesus. The image of the dead Christ is then laid in state to be venerated, and sometimes treated in accordance with local burial customs. This new title from Disney can run you as much as $75 if you purchase it in the wrong location and will be as low as $37 if you get it on a Black Friday deal. I recently picked up one at Wal-Mart, but you can also look for it at a similar price on every major retailed mentioned in this post. A Sear's spokesperson recently reported that Kmart has been open on Thanksgiving Day for 19 years and the decision to remain open on Thanksgiving Day was to provide the customer with an extra day to shop and based on their customers' responses. Sears usually listens to their customers and they wanted to make their shopping an easier experience. By opening on Thanksgiving Day the customers pick up last minute products that they require for Thanksgiving Day or simply begin their shopping early. For those of you for work for the U.S. Federal Government, your list of official paid holidays is set in stone each year. Unless you are in a specially designated occupation, the dates where your government agency is closed and you are given a paid day off are easy to track. So you can safely refer to the Federal Holiday list above to plan your 2014 vacation calendar. Not all deals are readily available right now so this post will continue to be updated for the next couple of weeks. While the information below is thorough and accurate be sure to come back for additional information on Cyber Monday. 3. Show 'em a carrot: Marketers create 'anchor sales' or 'headline products'. These are the most popular consumer goods, like Apple iPad with retina display, or Kindle Fire, and get the customers to visit the website or physical store. 6. Don't Get Lured by Doorbusters:- We often get attracted to doorbusters due to their low price, unaware of the dirty secrets of such high-discount deals. Did you know that big ticket items like TVs offered as doorbusters may be derivative models created specially for this day, and that they lack many features found in the manufacturer's standard lines? The experts in retail sales report that this is nothing more than an attempt for retail stores to increase their sales in slow economic times to increase their profits. Last December and November the retail sales increase 2.3 percent which was somewhat less than the ten average increase of 2.5 percent according to a trade group for retail stores known as the National Retail Federation. The president of a retailing consulting group known as Customer Growth Partners reports that retail stores in these slow economic times will take any advantage that they can get. Retailers know buyers' psyche well. Which is why they are in the business of selling. Major retailers have spent millions of dollars over the years to understand buyer behaviour and to conduct their marketing activities to exploit such buyer preferences. In Polish churches, a tableau of Christ's Tomb is unveiled in the sanctuary. Many of the faithful spend long hours into the night grieving at the Tomb, where it is customary to kiss the wounds on the Lord's body. A life-size figure of Jesus lying in his tomb is widely visited by the faithful, especially on Holy Saturday. The tableaux may include flowers, candles, figures of angels standing watch, and the three crosses atop Mt Calvary, and much more. Each parish strives to come up with the most artistically and religiously evocative arrangement in which the Blessed Sacrament, draped in a filmy veil, is prominently displayed. 2. Create a sense of scarcity: This is a typical gimmick used by many businesses, and it is particularly true for Black Friday sales. Most Black Friday ads, especially for electronics, mobile phones, video games, HDTVs are advertised as "while stocks last". This 'first-come-first-served' approach creates artificial scarcity of supply, and people end up sacrificing their Thanksgiving dinner to be in the queue the night before the Black Friday sale. In 2010 A Toys 'R' Us woman was arrested for threatening to shoot other people waiting in line. Another man was arrested with a handgun, two knives and a pepper spray grenade. In Buffalo, a man was trampled when the doors opened at a Target store, reminiscent of the scene at the Wal-Mart 2 years earlier. 3. When you go to shop, either online or visit a store, keep this list with you, and stick to it. There are many distractions. Make sure you have the list in front of you and buy only those things that are on the list. Buy only if they are available at the price you have on your paper or lower. Prices as low as $37.50 at Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys 'R Us. Some stores may have it on sale for $50 even on Black Friday so a Pre-Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal will actually be better. Toys 'R Us should have both available at $37.49 on Black Friday while Wal-Mart will have it for $38.96 along with a one hour guarantee. In the late 19th and early 20th century certain large department stores, notably Macy's, began holding Thanksgiving parades on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It gave the store an ideal opportunity to market their Christmas wares and was the opening of a very important period each year; the Christmas shopping season. Often times the same promotion will be run multiple times in order to increase its effectiveness. Many stores have pre-black Friday deals, Black Friday week, or other options to draw valuable Holiday shoppers in their brick and mortar or online stores. Skylanders Swap Force is probably the hottest holiday game on the market in 2013. If you're unfamiliar with the series Skylanders is an adventure game that allows kids to use one of many heroes placed on a portal in order to play. Some websites offer information about day-after-Thanksgiving specials up to a month in advance. The text listings of items and prices are usually accompanied by pictures of the actual ad circulars. These are either leaked by insiders or intentionally released by large retailers to give consumers insight and allow them time to plan. these should be better organized. "cyber friday", for example, is an ATTEMPT to upstage cyber monday, but it has not really taken off. the article implies the two are comparable. moreover, no one has settled in on a name for thursday yet. "black thursday" will probably win out, but i have not heard it actually used yet. nor "thanksgiving thursday", which the article cites. news outlets are still saying "night before black friday". Another holiday HR benefit that you may be able to take advantage of is the notion of a floating holiday. HR policy varies but you may be given 1 or 2 floating holidays to take any time during the year. They may also be called "Personal Days" instead, but can usually be taken for whatever purpose you decide. Deals on software:- Microsoft is offering Xbox Ultimate Gaming Bundle, which includes accessories, a game and a 90-day Xbox Live membership, for a saving of $200. Another Black Friday deal has the Kinect Sensor Holiday Bundle with three games (Fruit Ninja, Gunstringer and Kinect Adventures) for $99, down from the normal $149.99. The offering of a floating holiday is commonly meant for the observance of a religious holiday that is not shared by all. This choose-your-own holiday gives employees the choice of either taking off for a major religious holiday or scheduling a day off in lieu. The "holiday" floats to another day of observance or celebration of your choosing any time during the calendar year. Target: Another interesting deal for Skylanders Swap Force is Target's which allows you to Buy 2 get 1 Free on all Skylanders Accessories. If you're willing to buy the bigger packs, then this might be the best deal overall for the heroes. New release titles for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC generally run at $59.99. This year many titles are available at $49.99 on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you're willing to use an older console version, then you may find them as low as $39.99. Regardless of how much you enjoy your job, we all need a healthy work-life balance to be happy and successful. For those of you working full-time for an employer, you have a limited number of paid vacation days given each year. However you also have a set number of annual holidays when the company or office is closed. At the Apple press conference, we didn't see the iPad using more than a single app at a time. This implies--and this may not be the case, so take it with a grain of salt--that background processing won't work on the iPad, at least not initially. That's not good enough. We want to listen to Pandora while surfing the web and want something more than the Notifications system for background program use. It's time to grow up, Apple, and let us operate as many apps as we want at one time. Sure, this might make the iPad less stable at certain points, but most consumers are willing to sacrifice a little stability for a whole lot of usability. On the iPhone, we can't access the normal web versions of many of my favorite websites. This is the fault of those websites, of course; they default to their Mobile versions, which are sometimes far less usable than they should be. But it points out a weakness in the iPad; if it's seen by websites as a mobile device, then that means that you can't edit my Google documents or use a ton of other websites. This adds up to less than a full experience when surfing the Internet, far from the "best ever" label that Apple's using in their early iPad ads. and where is "local/small business saturday" in the article?! not as common as "cyber monday", perhaps, but clearly more common than "cyber friday" or some of the other recent coinages ("black wednesday", anyone?). However, if you're adamant that you have to join the masses and get down to the shopping mall, it doesn't always have to end in tears and frustration. Plan your trip wisely where are you going, how are you going to get there, how long are you likely to be there, and so on. Find out when the shops open and when they close, that way you can either go down really early as soon as they open, or you can go down really late just before they close the only risk you run with that though is that it's always possible that what you want will have sold out by the time you get there if you go later! As for where you're going, see if there's another route to it without using the main roads, as these are likely to be jam packed. Knowing how long you're likely to be there is good knowledge as well, as it'll let you plan out whether or not you can make a dash to the next shopping mall if you have to as well.