Monday, November 19th, 2012
While you may be strategizing about your in-store Black Friday experience, retailers aren’t waiting for Black Friday or Cyber Monday to notify consumers about online deals or make them accessible. Discounts can be found on digital downloads like apps and movies before some of the biggest shopping days of the year.
Fox Connect is celebrating their brand new look and a streamlined shopping experience with huge discounts on favorite family movies on Blu-ray and DVDs. Movies and seasons of television shows seem to be starting at $5.99. Sale titles include family favorites like Rio, Horton Hears a Who, and Alvin and the Chipmunks to classics like West Side Story, Alien, The Devil Wears Prada, Walk the Line, and more. Get caught up on past seasons of favorite shows like The Office, Modern Family, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, The Simpsons, and many others. The site makes it easy to find what you’re looking for but it also features a sale page to locate great deals faster. Enjoy free shipping on orders over $25.
Disney fans will love knowing that on Monday, November 26, Disney is reducing prices on Disney Book Apps available in the iTunes Store. From Cars to Princesses to recent Pixar hits, now is a great time to load up your tablet or smartphone before holiday travel. Here the apps that you can download at a substantial discount beginning on Monday:
- Cars 2 Read and Race for $2.99 (orig. $6.99)— Rev your engines for this thrilling Cars 2 Original Story! Read along as Lightning McQueen and the world’s top International Racers power through the streets of Tokyo, Japan; Porto Corsa, Italy; London, England; and finally Radiator Springs!
- Tangled: Storybook Deluxe for $2.99 (orig. $6.99)— Rapunzel has never left her tower in the woods. One day, a thief named Flynn discovers her and the unlikely pair sets off on an action-packed journey across the kingdom. From mischievous thugs to dazzling festivals, Rapunzel quickly learns there is much more to life outside the tower!
- Brave: Storybook Deluxe for $2.99 (orig. $6.99)— The Scottish Highlands have long been a fierce, proud land filled with stories, and magic, and danger. Merida, the Princess of DunBroch, adds her tale of courage and determination to the ancient lore as she sets out to defy an age-old tradition and forge her own destiny.
- Princess Royal Party for $1.99 (orig. $4.99)— Welcome to the Magical and Enchanting world of Disney’s Royal Party, just in time for Rapunzel’s own celebration! Disney’s Royal Party includes many fun activities and crafts for hours of fun with favorite Disney Princesses.
- A Royal Christmas for $1.99 (orig. $4.99)— From beachside gatherings to New Orleans feasts, every princess celebrates Christmas in her own special way. Cinderella throws a festive party, but there’s a very merry mix-up when her Fairy Godmother adds a touch of magic to the event. Ariel surprises her family and friends with a Christmas-morning treasure hunt.
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Friday, November 16th, 2012
Called Black Friday because it’s the day that retailers tend to get out of the red and into the black, Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It’s a day where savvy shoppers who plan and come up with a coordinated strategy can find incredible deals for items to give during the holidays and beyond. It’s also a day that can be incredibly intimidating to those who want to venture out but don’t know where to start.
Mom Central Founder and CEO, author of four best-selling parenting books and mom expert, Stacy DeBroff, developed a survival kit for families to avoid sticky situations when shopping for awesome deals on Black Friday.
Here are 6 tips from Stacy that can be helpful for Black Friday veterans and novices alike:
- Decide Before You Leave the House: Amid the adrenaline rush of deals, it’s easy to get swept up into buying items in retrospect you regret. Make a shopping list of key items you’re on the hunt for, and save all receipts in one place in case you want to return some impulse purchases and get a full refund.
- Deals and Steals Online: Follow your favorite brands on Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels to see what they’re offering in special Black Friday discounts. Many retailers will be leaking their ads and specials a week beforehand. Also, the deals and prices online often prove better than those in the stores, especially factoring in free or reduced shipping.
- Map Out your Mall Shop: Based on which stores have special deals for items you want to purchase, plan out your shopping trip to save time searching. Plus find out stores hours as they often open earlier or stay open late on Black Friday to accommodate the crowds.
- Beware of Shopping Germ Hot Spots: As you check out the newest mini-iPad or grab an electronic pen to sign a credit card receipt, be mindful of germs lurking about in this start to the cold and flu season. Germs congregate on handle bars of shopping carts, escalator railings and displays of toys and gadgets all touched by hundreds of shoppers. Throw into your purse an antibacterial travel pack such as the one from Wet Ones to wipe germs off hands.
- Staying Fine while Waiting in Line: You can sometimes be waiting in line for hours on Black Friday. Go for comfortable shoes over style, and take along a bottle of water, a snack such as protein bars, nuts and trail mix to keep your energy up. Best of all, find a new app to play on your phone to keep yourself entertained instead of frustrated.
- Double Duty at the Mall for your Haul: Go shopping along with a friend or relative who can trade off with you taking the kids to the mall playground, arcade or another side excursion while you both finish picking up the Black Friday deals on your list.
If you’re a Black Friday veteran, what other shopping strategies can you share? We hope that this helps you feel ready to tackle Black Friday unless you prefer to stalk favorite sites for Cyber Monday!
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