What is Black Friday all about?

food piled in a basketI keep hearing snippets about ‘Black Friday’ on TV, radio and online. This morning’s email even delivered four or five Black Friday offers – I thought it was something to do with a past Stock Market crash, but apparently it’s all about shopping.

Black Friday – Born in the USA

According to Wikipedia

“Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In recent years, most major retailers have opened extremely early and offered promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales.”

In the USA some states make the day after Thanksgiving an official holiday, so they’re free to hit the shops over there. But it isn’t a Bank Holiday in the UK. It looks like retailers are trying to bring an American habit over here, but I imagine they won’t have much success since today’s a normal working day. Perhaps it’ll have an impact online – who knows.

If you’re an early bird and want to get your Christmas shopping out of the way before everything goes mental later this month, there are loads of special offers running for the day. It’s a great time to make hay while the sun shines.

Our countdown to a great-value Christmas

I mentioned a while ago that we wouldn’t start talking about Christmas until December. So on Monday next week I’ll kick off our countdown to Xmas, with a daily post about cutting the cost of the festive season. We’ll be taking about managing the expense of all this and more, in a suitably merry way!

  • gifts, postage and wrapping
  • food and drink
  • socialising
  • travel
  • clothes
  • making your home look beautiful
  • entertainment

See you next week for the big countdown!