Money expert Clark Howard said a couple of years ago that Black Friday was on its way to becoming a state of mind and not an actual day — and that’s exactly what’s happened!
As a result, there are some important things you need to know about for the Christmas 2017 shopping season.
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Black Friday 2017 and the other best days to shop before Christmas
If you like to take advantage of holiday deals, Clark says you have the opportunity to save the most money this year if you shop during a roughly six-week period.
Bargain shoppers should mark their calendars to remember these six dates:
October 31: You’ll begin to see holiday sales start in earnest around Halloween. These will be real sales, not â€œnon-sale sales.â€
November 23-26: Black Friday (November 24) is still a thing. You can expect incredible deals on third-tier brands, off-brands and promotional merchandise that’s shipped in just for Black Friday weekend.
There will be screaming deals on marquee items: TVs, game machines, laptops, tablets and cell phones.
When are the best days to shop? Find phenomenal specials on Black Friday in particular, a lot on Thanksgiving Day and to a lesser extent on that Saturday and Sunday.
â€œThere still will be a lot of deals on those four days, but nothing like in the past,â€ Clark said.
December 10: This will be the end of real bargains. Procrastinators may pay more for the hottest Christmas gifts after this date, if those items are still in stock, according to Clark.
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Clark’s bottom line
In other words, there’s the potential to find amazing deals anytime from October 31 to December 10. This is the time period to follow the sale ads closely and get all of your shopping done.
Follow our Clark Deals team for the very best bargains all season long!
Listen to Clark’s holiday shopping predictions on The Clark Howard Show Podcast
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