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Sharp 55" LED 120Hz HDTV + Roku $500

Sharp tv best buy The Sharp 55" Class LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV (model: LC-55LE643U) drops from $899.99 to $499.99 when you add it to your cart at BestBuy.com. Delivery is free, and you'll also get a free Roku Streaming Stick, a $50 value. This was the lowest price we could find by $200! This TV has two bottom 10W down-firing speakers, 3 HDMI inputs, and 1 USB input. The Roku streaming stick plugs into the MHL port, providing access to more than 1,000 entertainment channels through your Wi-Fi connection. Sales tax is charged in most states.

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Walmart Offers the Best Holiday Layaway Plan for 2014

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 7:00 AM

In general, we don’t like layaway programs very much. A credit card that earns rewards is always a better choice: You still can pay in installments, you pay a few dollars in interest instead of service fees (or god forbid, cancellation fees), you get to take your item home immediately instead of it being held at the store, and you can earn a few points or miles while you’re at it.

Flickr / m01229

Flickr / m01229

If you have a choice, layaway is never the best option. Unfortunately, we recognize that credit cards are not an option for everyone. Layaway came back from the dead during the recession as a way to patch the hole left by stricter credit standards, after all. Its reemergence was the result of a sudden spike in shoppers labeled by creditors as something less than creditworthy.

We’ve rounded up the details for four of the most popular layaway programs available for the 2014 holiday season. Our verdict: Walmart is the clear layaway winner. Toys R Us is a close second, only because Walmart generally beats them on pricing. Sears should only be considered for large purchases like major appliances and otherwise is an expensive, confusing mess. And just do yourself a favor and forget about Kmart right now, it’s really not worth it when Walmart is so much better.

As for Target and Best Buy, sorry to disappoint you- neither retailer offers layaway right now, and it doesn’t look like 2014 will be the year that they start.

Walmart Layaway

Fees:

  • No service charge
  • Downpayment of $10 or 10% of order total (whichever is greater)
  • $10 cancellation fee

On September 10, 2014 Walmart announced its layaway plans that will run until December 15th. “We continue to find it is a useful tool for our customers,” Walmart’s Vice President of Toys Anne Marie Kehoe said. “They take advantage of it early.”

There is no service charge although you will have to make a down payment of $10 or 10% of your purchase total, whichever is greater, when you set up your order. There is a minimum purchase of $50 to qualify for layaway.

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Small Business Saturday Details Announced: Up to $30 Back Per AmEx!

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM

American Express’ Small Business Saturday, if you haven’t heard, is one Saturday per year during the shopping season, usually the day after Black Friday, when you can use your American Express credit cards at any small business, and receive up to $30 in statement credits.  Let’s go through all the details, as some have changed since last year!

mom and pop restaurantsIn years past, statement credits per card have hovered between $10 and $25 per registered card.  This year, American Express has made the offer $30 per registered card, which means 3 separate $10 statement credits.  On November 16th, you’ll be able to register at ShopSmall.com, tweeting from your synched Twitter account, or on “Your Offers” in your online account.

And, if you have more than one American Express card, you can register those as well, including additional account holders.  All in, I have three American Express cards, so I could potentially net $90 in free spending on that Saturday.  That’ll take care of a fair bit of my holiday shopping!  If you have others in your family, and they don’t already have a card linked to your account, sign them up (as long as it’s free to do so, some Amex cards charge for additional cardholders).

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First Rumors about Black Friday Hours: Walmart, Kmart and Best Buy

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

We’ve just spotted the first rumors about Black Friday hours for Walmart, Kmart and Best Buy. WCPO, an ABC television affiliate in Cincinnati, is reporting that Walmart will open on Thanksgiving morning, with doorbusters beginning at 6pm. According to the same report, Kmart is planning an 8am opening for Thanksgiving Day. It further speculates that Best Buy probably will open at 6pm Thursday.

Walmart Black Friday Hours Rumor 2014

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But before you get excited, we have serious reservations about the report. For Walmart and Best Buy, the hours being reported are exactly the same as last year, which is a red flag for a season that tends to shift dramatically from year to year. Kmart opened its first round of sales last year at 6am, so opening later also seems odd, especially when the article gets last year’s hours wrong in the first place.

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Black Friday 2014 Information

When is Black Friday 2014?
Friday, November 28, 2014
When are Black Friday ads released?
Ads can come out as early as October, but most ads will be posted the week leading up to Thanksgiving. Make sure to check back with us for every ad as it comes out!
What are the best items to buy on Black Friday?
Electronics (especially lesser brand laptops and HDTVs), kitchen appliances, DVDs and video games.
What are the worst items to buy on Black Friday?
Winter clothing, toys, luxury items (ie iPhones, iPads, etc), Christmas decorations, and jewelry.

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