Save Money This Holiday Season: The Best Days to Buy


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The day after Thanksgiving has been dubbed “Black Friday” for decades, but it’s only in the last several years that the holiday season gained additional “special” shopping days.

The most prominent of these new retail holidays is Cyber Monday, invented — or at least, first recognized–in 2005 by the National Retail Federation. The online shopping celebration has been a huge hit, with sales growing by leaps and bounds every year: 2012 sales jumped by between 22% and 30% compared to 2011.

Perhaps inspired by Cyber Monday, a number of organizations and companies have introduced shopping holidays of their own, with mixed success. Here’s a full calendar for the 2012 holiday season.

For the rest of holidays you need to mark on your calendar this year (Gray Tuesday? Small Business Saturday?) continue reading at AOL Daily Finance.

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  • Nathaniel Copeland

    Thanks for the calendar. I really do prefer the Monday over the Friday simply because discounts are heavier and you do not have to drive around town and stand in que at every shop you visit. Plus you get to enjoy the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner on the free Friday and relax at home by the fire instead of enduring the rush of rude shoppers and have your toes stepped on till you cannot feel them any more.

  • Whitney

    My boyfriend wanted to get me a tablet for school back in August, but I wanted to wait until Black Friday since I heard from several of my friends and coworkers at DISH that this is when stores discount them the most. The night of Thanksgiving, we were relaxing after the big clean up, and there was no way we were going to leave the house to fight lines so we waited until Cyber Monday. We still got a great deal that was worth waiting for and I immediately downloaded the DISH Remote Access app. It really came in handy during our Christmas shopping because we used it to watch live TV and our DVR recordings while we were waiting in lines all day and it really made a long day of shopping pass by quickly. I don’t think that we’ll ever be able to stomach a Black Friday, but we’re big fans of Cyber Monday!