Sunday, November 25, 2012
Have you trimmed your spending because of the economy or has good fortune enabled you to spend more?
Many of you might already be done with your holiday shopping. Still others might be waiting for even better deals that sometimes pop up prior to Christmas. But how does your spending compare to prior holiday seasons? Those who have lost jobs due to the economy, who feel their jobs might be threatened or who have suffered other setbacks might be a little tighter with the purse strings than someone who just got that promotion. With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday over, and Cyber Monday waiting for a business surge tomorrow, you should have a pretty good handle on your 2012 holiday budget. So how much do you plan to spend this holiday season? Let us know by voting in our poll. And tell us in the comments section why you are spending …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Here's the forecast for your (hopefully) long holiday weekend.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! The Plum-Oakmont area is expected to have a warm, sunny day this Thanksgiving. If you're going shopping or playing in a Turkey Bowl this weekend, however, bundle up and pack an umbrella. Here's the weekend forecase from the National Weather Service: _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
From parking, to planning ahead, to protecting your new purchases—how to make the most of Black Friday.
'Tis the season to shop, shop, shop. Black Friday actually begins on Thanksgiving night at several of the big retailers. So how can you make sure you get the most out of this most intense of shopping seasons? Plan Ahead Know which stores or malls you're going to hit first? Plan ahead! All local malls will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The Monroeville Mall in Monroeville will open on Black Friday from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Macy's, however, will be open at midnight and close at 10 p.m. All stores at the Pittsburgh Mills in Frazer Township will be opening between midnight and 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Ross Park Mall in the North Hills and South Hills Village in Bethel Park will open at midnight on Black Friday. Watch Purchases Be careful with …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Excitement, experience and sales draw shoppers to South Hills Village.
Linda Book arrived at South Hills Village at 3:30 a.m. with a plan. By 4:45 a.m., she had the shopping bags to prove her plan was working. “We’re here to get the best buys of the season,” Book said. “(The stores) have regular sales, which is great, but we want the really good ones.” She and her nieces, Maria and Amanda, all of Whitehall, admitted that Black Friday shopping is a little crazy. But it’s also fun, they said. It’s a challenge to get the best deals – and they insisted it’s well worth it. The family was pretty pleased with the sales they found, mainly at clothing stores. They weren’t the only early birds to flock to the mall at a time when some people are just crawling into bed, and others have been asleep for hours. Lindsey …
Are shopping during Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, both or neither? Tell us!
Friday, November 25, 2011