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8 Essential Black Friday Shopping Tips

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Shopping on Black Friday is clearly not for the faint at heart.  You’ve undoubtedly seen hideous videos of the masses literally trampling each other at various ‘Marts’ around the country, but the unfathomably succulent savings still call out to you, siren-like.  So, if you truly are ready to face the hordes of rapacious sale-mongers, please abide by these money, time (and possibly, life) saving tips.  

Know why you’re there.

Under no circumstances should you just saunter into the mall to “browse”; you’ll be shoved to the gleaming floor like a sack of leftover sweet potatoes.  Read up on the internet (and whatever promotional materials were mailed to you) about what sales are happening where.  Like a thrifty Santa, make a list and check it thrice; compare and contrast what certain stores are offering, online and off.  Here are some sites that actually compile the best Ebony Day After Thanksgiving options for you: bfads.net, DealNews.com, gottadeal.com, theblackfriday.com.

Get an early jump on it. 

Since the whole idea behind this day is for the stores to do stellar business (they’re obviously thinking quantity over quality), many businesses try to get a leg up by offering supreme deals before Friday even hits.  At this very moment, there are tons of shops that are offering beyond competitive deals in an effort to pre-beat out their competitors.  Do a quick search right now and possibly do some pre-emptive consuming; you may get the same low prices as on Friday and you won’t need to wear full contact football equipment to remain unscathed.   

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Even if a price looks good, it can be beat.

Don’t just fall prey to the first low marked item you see; just Google that guy and check if there are any better prices in the near vicinity.  You may be shocked to see that a competing retailer across the street is offering a way better deal – and even more surprised to learn that the store you’re currently in has a ‘match-price’ policy.  That means that if a warring chain offers an identical piece of merchandise at a lower price, they will meet that price right there on the spot, so you don’t have to burn precious gas and/or calories chasing it down.  Score! 

Loyalty pays.

If you have any shops that you frequent, there’s a good chance you can rack up points (aka ‘discounts’) by enrolling in whatever sort of rewards program they have.  If you’re the type of person who, understandably, doesn’t like filling out boring forms and receiving annoying promo emails, perhaps you should temporarily reconsider your position on the matter when dealing in this particular Black Friday milieu.  Rewards Members typically are given first dibs on B.F. deals, via discount codes and the like. 

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“Like” ‘Em.

Aside from mailing lists you may be on, you can also bolster your B.F. amalgamation of sale options by following and ‘liking’ certain brands on social media.  There’s a host of companies that offer extra special savings codes when you like, heart, retweet, tag, pin, hashtag, hashmark or hashbrown them.  

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Stick to it. 

Just as mentioned in our Holiday Savings Tips post, create a budget with strict limitations and do not deviate from it.  This is not the time to ‘see what’s out there’ and, heaven forfend, make impulse purchases.  

Don’t Accessorize. 

One of the ways that stores recover the money ‘lost’ during the feeding frenzy of low-priced B.F. items is by the inevitable ‘additional’ purchases that people make while in the store.  You’ve just saved 200 hundred smackers on a TV – but then, high on the adrenaline of having ‘saved so much,’ you turn around and buy a superfluous rotating wall mount that costs 300 dollars.  Be smart.  Know when you’re victorious and leave on a high note (like after winning a big hand in Vegas).  No extra items!

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Cheapest is sometimes just that…

Just because a particular piece is at a jaw-droopingly low rate doesn’t mean it’s going to be an intelligent purchase.  The manufacturers are acutely aware of what goes down on B.F., so they sometimes create products specifically for the day that resemble their fully functioning brothers, but are blatantly inferior in quality.  You’ll notice these can take the shape of electronics that do not come with all the features that their regularly priced counterparts offer, or dolls that are missing limbs.

So, prepare yourself for a whirlwind shopping experience for the ages.  Registers clamorously clanking along to the merry holiday tunes inundating your eardrums, elderly shoppers elbowing your ribcage and tryptophan infused lethargy will be no match for you if you stick to these tips.  Happy deal-sealing; let’s make this the blackest friday yet!  

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-Joe Leone

After a Break-Up …How to Make Your Ex Jealous

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There is undoubtedly a plethora of articles out there (on the wild wild web) which give solid and sound advice on how to cope with break-ups and move on in a mature and emotionally sound manner.

This is not one of those articles.

While some people may tell you to ‘think about the future,’ about ‘what’s next,’ who’s to say that it’s not just as ‘healthy’ (…or morbidly satisfying) to dwell on the past, to really luxuriate in every painful, heart-wrenching moment, and to dream up new ways to make your ex-partner seethe with jealousy?  Here is a fairly thorough list of marvelous methods and spurious schemes that you can employ to pull your former flame into a web of personal turmoil and regret.

(If you have any other inventively insidious ideas, please comment!)

Photo Fun Bonanza

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So, we’ve finally identified the real purpose of social media.  It is the perfect outlet to post pictures of yourself having SO much fun, with all manner of cool, exhilarating (and possibly new) “friends”/potential lovers.  The goal is that your ex then views these titillating pics and feels instantly envious of your exciting experiences while they sit home alone in their underwear gorging themselves on Cheetos and Haagen Dazs, whist “marathoning” some insipid Netflix show.  Make sure your photos always showcase you with a radiant smile on your face, in as many electrifying places as you can drum up.  That said, you don’t want to have pics where you are aggressively making out with some sexy stranger, though; that just comes off as ostentatiously sad.  Just the hint of a new beau, vaguely situated somewhere in the photo (or, the insinuation that this person is the one taking the picture) will do the trick.  The unknown is always more frightening (and annoying) than facing full-on reality.

The Glorious Grapevine

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Simply hearing about how splendrous your post-them life is will really irk your ex.  If you have mutual friends (who are more in your corner than your ex’s) that can relay messages of your newfound liberation, happiness and utter love of existence (even if none of these things are actually occurring) to your preterite sweetie, then this step will be a piece of cake.  The challenge comes when you no longer have a direct or even tangential line of communication to your ex.  How in the heck are you going to rub it in their faces that you are more jovial than you’ve ever been?  Easy.  You just need to start a blog.  Similar to an Instagram account stuffed with joyous pictures, a blog is another great way to relate your new tales of wonder and bliss, but now with ever so potent words.  The best part?  You can make it all up!  While a picture usually needs some semblance of truth to convey your glee (unless you are a master at staging faux gaiety), a well crafted blog post can express sundry magical journeys and emotions like no other medium.  Or, if you’re fairly adept with a video camera, combine both methods of voicing your exultation into one: a vibrant and secretly villainous vlog.

C’mon, Get Healthy 

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What’s the one thing you want to do after you get dumped?  Why, eat a eat Krispy Kremes until you can’t buckle your pants anymore.  Most counselors would tell you that this is not a good way to approach emotional recovery; that you should take care of your physical health in order to benefit your mental health.  Well, they are right, but for the wrong reasons.  Now is the time to shun all fat, carbs, gluten or anything else that tastes good and attack the gym like Rocky did in every single Rocky movie (except Rocky 3, that was just awful).  You must shed any extra poundage and get yourself in ship-shape condition.  Next, it’s off to the most expensive salons you can unearth, for a full body everything.  You need to look your absolute BEST, so the next time your ex encounters you (or even a grainy tagged photo of you), you look so stunning that they all but weep, throw themselves to the filthy sidewalk and beg forgiveness for their foolhardy ways.  Truly much more satisfying than any Snickers bar.

The Ring’s the Thing 

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Now, this one requires a bit of patience.  Timing truly is everything here; if you show up too soon with a colossal rock or gleaming gold band on that deliciously conspicuous left ring finger, you’re going to look desperate and weird.  Wait about ten months (this way it won’t look like you did it in order to supersede any sort of illegitimate pregnancy), and then don that symbolic ring of beautiful betrothal with flare!  Once you do this, you won’t even need to force this information on your ex – news of it will just spread like wildfire.  The best part of this maneuver?  That’s right, you guessed it: you don’t even need to be dating anyone.  The ring alone conveys volumes of devastatingly delectable information.

(*Once this diamond ring has worn out it’s usefulness, rather than toss it into the recycling bin, feel free to let diamondlighthouse.com recover the highest amount of cash for it, for you.  This further explained here.)

Ok…  Perhaps some of these measures seem a tad extreme.  Ultimately, it’s up to you exactly how you want to make you ex jealous, envious or agitated.  The most important thing to realize is that your happiness is of ut most importance, whether it’s genuine or simply fabricated for the sake of a Pinterest post.

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-Joe Leone

10 Dumb Social Media Posts Used During Divorce Trials

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The following examples of Social Media related carelessness have been taken directly from actual divorce court cases.   The names have been changed to protect the foolish. Continue reading 10 Dumb Social Media Posts Used During Divorce Trials

Social Media Ruined My Marriage!

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It’s pretty obvious that excessive social media usage (read: Facebooking) is not the healthiest thing for a marriage.  Now there’s empirical evidence to back it up.  A two year study spanning 2011-2012 executed by researchers at Boston University found that “a 20 percent annual increase in Facebook enrollment was associated with anywhere from a 2.18 percent to a 4.32 percent increase in divorce rates.”  Divorce Online reported “A third of all divorce filings in 2011 contained the word ‘Facebook’.” Continue reading Social Media Ruined My Marriage!