How to Snag The Best Black Friday Deals–Every Time!

Written by Salina Jivani

imageHoliday shopping is the best part of the holidays, except for the damage it can wreak on your pocketbook. But that’s why Black Friday and Cyber Monday exist—right? To help you save tons of money?

Hmm…not really.

Though it’s no secret great deals have a tendency of lurking around the corners this time of year, particularly because stores are eager to turn a profit and get in the black, many consumers mistakenly assume that every deal they stumble across during these sales are the absolute best of the entire year. And many retailers take advantage of this false pretense and disguise rip offs as amazing “deals.” To make sure you enjoy your holiday shopping while protecting your wallet, here are some tips to follow.

Make a list—check it twice

Every year after Black Friday, store return counters overflow with gifts and coveted door busters that just days ago people were playing tug-of-war over. Why does this happen? Because consumers get excited in the moment and end up buying things they never really needed…or even wanted.

To avoid this, make a list of exactly what items you want to purchase. And be specific. Hunting for a tablet? Think about what size, brand and specs you’re looking for. Activity tracker? What features and style do you want?

If you make a list and are specific about exactly what it is you want, you’ll be less likely to splurge on something you’re not very keen on buying, which will keep you from the dreadfully long return lines immediately following Black Friday.

Do your research

No, we don’t mean you need to write an entire research paper before you go shopping. But we do recommend you go online and read the reviews about the product you’re looking to purchase. By doing your research ahead of time and considering customer feedback on the item you’re interested in, you’re less likely to be disappointed or dissatisfied with your purchase—especially if you’ve wasted a ton of time standing in a long line to buy it.

Do a price comparison

Most people love the thrill of Black Friday shopping—fighting the crowds, the thrum of late-night joviality and holiday spirit all around. Oh, and of course the shopping! But in the excitement of it all, it’s easy to get distracted and get ripped off by one of those fake deals we mentioned earlier.

To avoid getting fooled, make sure you start your research early on—at least a few weeks before the actual sale date. Compare prices among different retailers—both online and in store. Sometimes online deals trump anything you can find at a store. But do be mindful of shipping costs, because sometimes they can be heavy and, ultimately, a deal breaker.

If you are doing the majority of your shopping at one store but find a particular item that’s cheaper at another store, find out if the first store has a price match program. Often, these retailers will price match if you can provide a circular or online ad showing the discounted price at one of their major competitors.

And make sure you don’t limit your price comparisons to only before Black Friday. Once you make your purchase, it’s likely that some stores will drop their pricing, making it possible for you to get an even better deal—or at least have the store you purchased from price match the lower price from their competitor.

While you’re out snagging incredible deals on Black Friday—don’t forget, Cyber Monday is just around the corner. So if you didn’t find what you were looking for over the weekend, you could still have another shot at a great bargain!

3 Movies You Won’t Want to Miss This Holiday Season

Written by Salina Jivani

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The best part of the holidays is indulging in decadent meals and spending valuable time with loved ones, whether that means playing family games or cozying up to a good movie. And like any year, 2016 comes with its own share of flicks you won’t want to miss this holiday season. Here are a few you’ll want to keep on your radar as the year comes to a close.

Almost Christmas: Released November 11*

A fun, laughter-filled Christmas comedy, Almost Christmas is about a retired man who invites his four children home for the holidays after having lost the love of his life just the year prior. He hopes his children’s company will make the holiday complete, but finds that Christmas isn’t nearly as joyous as he’d hoped. His children are constantly at each other’s throats and their bickering is endless, making for an entertaining and stress-induced holiday season.

If you’re looking to tucker in with a hilarious movie with just the right tinge of holiday spirit, you’ll want to make sure you carve some time out for Almost Christmas.

Office Christmas Party: Releases December 9*

You’ve probably seen the ads for this movie—and if you haven’t, words don’t do the trailer justice! Imagine work politics clashing with the most happening holiday party of the year. What do you have? Office Christmas Party!

When a CEO threatens to close down the branch where her party-animal brother works, she knows no good will come out of it. But little does she expect he’ll go to extraordinary lengths to save his job and those of his coworkers.

Starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, this is sure to be a movie that leaves you rolling on the floor and feeling very much like you just crashed the best holiday bash of the year.

Moana: Releases November 23*

Okay, so I lied. This one isn’t holiday related, but who can say no to a sweet Disney princess movie? And this one’s the first one about a Polynesian princess! Made by the same people who created “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Aladdin,” Moana is a perfect pick if you’ve got little kids who’ll be home for Thanksgiving break, which is when this movie is scheduled to release.

*All release dates are tentative and subject to change.
Whatever it is you decide to do over the holidays and however you decide to celebrate or relax, we at VEU wish you a very happy, safe and peaceful holiday season!

T.I and Mayor Kasim Reed Host Turkey Giveaway in Atlanta

On Wednesday November 25th, Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta City Councelmember C.T, and rapper and actor T.I hosted the annual Turkey Giveaway in the city of Atlanta. This event took place at the Adamsville Recreation Center, and through their group efforts, were able to distribute 500 turkeys to deserving Atlanta families. Other partners of the event included  A Center for Hope, and Celebs Give Back, who focused on collecting canned goods, and other food items for the event.

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This year the focus of the event was on the senior citizens of Atlanta, along with other families, who were not able to provides meals on their own. Before the turkeys were distributed,  T.I. arrived with some of his family members and addressed the crowd, along with Mayor Kasim Reed, his wife and daughter. All parties involved did a phenomenal job at giving back, while ensuring that the senior citizens, and other families felt welcomed and able to have a great Thanksgiving holiday. image

 

The VEU Magazine team had the pleasure of being apart of this event which also featured a photo booth, DJ, performances, and brought other notable Atlanta figures out including : Robin Dyke ( who partnered with Celebs Give Backs in helping to bring in donations and organize the event), Priyanka Banks, Gynesis Losa, Amber Bryant, Michael Majesty, Lillie Young and more.

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