Black Friday can’t be far away. I can tell because Halloween is over and Christmas decorations are going up already in stores and malls. I know the stores are anxious for our dollars but give us a break.


I consider myself a Black Friday warrior. I watch the commercials, read the ads and map out my morning. This year I’m thinking about sleeping in. There isn’t a thing that I need. But you know it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.

If you decide to go here are a few tips. Make a list of what you want to purchase and where you will find it. Go to the store that opens earliest first. Some of the best bargains are unadvertised. If you’re buying gifts for others, stay within your budget. Try not to get caught up in the madness of the morning.

I like shopping solo. If you do choose to shop with a friend or family member make sure you are on the same page. An unprofessional shopper can ruin a good shopping trip. Put something in your purse for energy like a banana or an apple. Take time out for breakfast, eating out is part of the fun, lock your car and use your trunk. If you are thinking about stopping at the Kings on Frankstown in Penn Hills forget it, the restaurant has been closed for a while and now it has been demolished.

Here is some more Penn Hills news, the Vanity Fair mini outlet in the Penn Hills Shopping Center has posted their going out of business signs. Reportedly they will be open for a few more weeks. By the time you read this I’m sure a lot of the good merchandise will be picked over but stop in and take a look. On my last drive by merchandise was marked down between 20 to 40 percent. I noticed that an Internet Café opened in what I think was a Pizza Hut on Frankstown Road, it is called 777, with a name like that it sounds like you may be able to do a little more than surf the net.

Back to our shopping trip, do an inventory of your wrapping paper and Christmas decorations before you head out. Don’t buy anything you don’t need. If you didn’t use all of the wrapping paper or bags from last year, don’t buy any more. I made a commitment not to buy any more wrapping until I used what I had. I’ve done pretty well.

I recently located in my basement some great boxes to use for this year. Many of them are shaped like houses. They were so unique that I didn’t want to part with them. But I realized they aren’t doing me a bit of good in the basement. I hope my friends and family will like them. I have a feeling they will want to keep the gift and the box it came in.

One of the items on my holiday shopping list is “Chef Jeff Cooks” by Jeff Henderson. After reading his autobiography “Cooked” and meeting him in person and tasting one of his recipes I must check out the rest. Remember don’t buy what you don’t need. If you don’t have the money don’t punish yourself stay home and enjoy the day off.

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