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BBB: Put these shopping tips on your nice list for this holiday season as you plot spending strategies

By Mallory Weidenbacher Better Business Bureau Black Friday and its popular sidekick Cyber Monday mark the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season. According to a Deloitte study, this year’s holiday retail spending is expected to exceed $1.1 trillion—almost $1500 per household. Mark your list, check it twice. With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, Americans are plotting their...

New LG&E/KU Marketplace offers consumers energy-wise information, purchases ahead of holidays

Just ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a new resource offers consumers help in making decisions and purchases through the holidays and year ‘round. Recently launched by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, the new “LG&E and KU Marketplace” provides a one-stop-shop for those looking for energy-smart buys on a variety of different items. Created...

#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...

It’s Cyber Monday — heading into Cyber Week; here’s where WalletHub says the best buys are

With Cyber Monday sales expected to hit the $3 billion mark for the first time this year — the largest one-day sales total in e-commerce history — the personal finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2015’s Best & Worst Retailers for Cyber Week. To help shoppers continue saving big this holiday season, WalletHub surveyed 3,128 deals from 30 of the biggest U.S. retailers to showcase...

Looking for good Black Friday deals? Books, movies and music will offer the most value, WalletHub says

Americans love deals. Why else do we camp outside our favorite stores after a big holiday feast or force ourselves awake at ungodly hours to browse the virtual shopping aisles? Truth is, many of us find pleasure in buying merchandise at the deepest discounts and knowing we beat our fellow sale-addicted shoppers to the punch. But while Black Friday is traditionally associated with the best prices, we...

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...

Online shoppers urged to stay alert, take precautions to avoid growing list of scams

It’s Cyber Monday, and the Financial Cybercrime Task Force of Kentucky has issued a warning for anyone doing their holiday shopping online: Beware of the ever-growing variety of scams that target online shoppers and email users.   Examples of scams to look out for include:   · Fraudulent ads, especially for big-ticket items such as vehicles offered at discounted prices. Scammers...

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...