How to Make More Money with Your Black Friday (or Cyber Monday) Special

At the risk of being heavily “booed,” I admit to loving Black Friday. I know there is more and more resistance to the commercialization of a holiday that is suppose to be reflective of gratitude for what you have, rather than a race to acquire more of it. And I get that. In fact, until 3 years ago I thought Black Friday shoppers were crazy. No price was worth arriving at 3:00 a.m. and standing in the cold, hoping to get the magic number needed to score the $100 computer. I slept peacefully while others endured that madness. And then one year my 12-year-old niece wanted to get in on some midnight shopping. Naturally, I agreed to go. Not because the whole store was 50% off. Not because I could get a 50″ flat screen TV for $200. And not even because the first 500 people in line got a chance to win a million dollars. I started my Black Friday shopping tradition because it made me feel good. And I keep going every year because it makes me feel good. The second year, my eight-year-old daughter joined us. This year, three generations of my family ~ my mom, me, my daughter, and my niece ~ intend to continue the tradition. And I have to tell you, I have no idea who will be offering the best deals. Nor do I care. Deciding Where to Spend Your Money So what stores will we hit on Black Friday? The ones we like. The ones we recognize. The ones that have given us value in the past. It doesn’t matter if...