Keven Moore: Get ready for Black Friday invasion, and protect yourself from hazards of shopping

The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is the biggest shopping day of the year, where people team up and devise coordinated invasion plans to get their hands on those doorbuster shopping deals and where elbows are flying as eager shoppers try to box out their opponents. It’s where well-organized families coordinate recon missions well in advanced to collect the proper Intel,...

Kentucky Education Savings Plan providing ‘Black Friday’ incentive start a new kysaves.com account

Black Friday is known for the retail industry’s frenzy of deals and discounts, but this Black Friday the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) is inviting families to invest in the gift of education. On Nov. 25, KESPT will make a one-time matching contribution of $25 into any new account established online between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. KESPT is Kentucky’s official 529 College Savings...

BBB Trends: Be an ‘involved’ shopper, support your local small business on Small Business Saturday

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Somewhere in a bustling little store sits that unique, last-minute item that would perfectly round out your holiday shopping list. Small Business Saturday – the day after Black Friday – is a perfect time to stop in and support your local independent business retailers that sell specialized, unexpected pieces. Local economies and small businesses thrive...

BBB Trends: Be warned — is the Black Friday deal for real? Check it out before you spend your money

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Dubbed Black Friday because of the traffic, crowds, and hostile behavior many shoppers have to deal with, the day after Thanksgiving is still expected to be exceptionally busy for both retailers and consumers across the United States. Nearly 151 million shoppers hit the stores last year and spent approximately $300 each according to a National Retail Federation...

#GivingTuesday – a global day of giving – kicks off charitable season, aims to bring about real change

Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. And it’s here. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that...

Small Business Spotlight: Shopping small on Nov. 28 – and every day – good for America’s communities

“Shopping small is a concrete way to support small businesses – the same small businesses that generate 67 percent of net new jobs and deliver products and services to America’s communities year-round.” — Cassius F. Butts, regional administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration First there was Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday. Then, in 2010, the first Small Business Saturday...

Lex What Wear: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday – here we come!

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   After a few years working in retail and eCommerce, I’d like to think I’m pretty knowledgable about the sport of shopping. Yes, it is a sport – and getting in plenty of practice and following a game plan make you that much better at it!   (Photo from visitlex.com) Although I’ve had to check myself into shoppers anonymous and won’t...

Keven Moore on Insurance: Black Friday craziness requires good defensive skills

The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is the biggest shopping day of the year, where people team up and devise coordinated invasion plans to get their hands on those doorbuster shopping deals and where elbows are flying as eager shoppers try to box out their opponents.   It’s where well-organized families coordinate recon missions well in advanced to collect the proper Intel,...