How to avoid debt on the biggest shopping day of the year
Craft a Black Friday shopping strategy that beats the crowds, get the best deal and stay under budget. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S. It hit a record $3.34 billion in sales in 2016. You might think (and experts hypothesized) that Friday sales would be hurt by all the other shopping holidays. Between Thanksgiving night door busters and Cyber Monday, the thought was that Black Friday would become less relevant. However, last year, sales grew a whopping 21.6% over the previous year. So, it seems like America's biggest shopping holiday is here to stay. And, if you’re shopping for the holidays on budget, it can be the best time to score sweet deals. Still, you can’t just go out shopping and assume you’ll get big bargains. You have to shop strategically to really save. The articles in this section can help you do that. You can also find more Black Friday statistics and shopping tips at the bottom of the page.