It’s no mystery that crazy holiday shopping days are upon us. Everyone is scrambling to try and find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Black Friday is the informal name for the popular shopping day that falls each Friday after Thanksgiving which is November 29, 2019 this year. This is the day when lots of sales are advertised and everyone wants to get that deal. Black Friday originated in Philadelphia in 1952 and is regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in America.

Cyber Monday occurs the Monday after Thanksgiving which is on December 2, 2019 this year. So what is Cyber Monday and how did it even get started? It evolved as way for retailers to encourage people to shop online. The term Cyber Monday “was coined by Ellen Davis of the National Retail Federation and Scott Silverman and made its debut on November 28, 2005.”


With all that understood, I want to present a few tips for being safe while shopping for the holidays, whether you go to an actual “brick and mortar store” or shop online.

Caring Senior Service has offered the following advice for seniors:


  • Do research before you go out shopping. Check store hours and sales hours.

  • Take someone with you to help navigate stores and crowds. 

  • Check for available deals online to avoid having to go to a physical store. 

  • Bring someone with you, especially if you are planning on getting heavy or large items. 


  • Compare prices across the web. You may find a better deal somewhere else. 

  • Watch out for spam. If a deal looks too good to be true... it just might be. 

  • Use vendors you are already familiar with.

  • Shop from a secure computer that has antivirus software—just in case.

  • Charge your credit card over your debit card. Credit cards have more protection from fraud.


  • Amazon Good for almost anything, but especially clothing, toys and smart home devices. Deals offered for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Also, check out this link

  • Walmart - Although great for toys like Legos, Little Tykes, Hatchimals and Funko, they are not great on video games or consoles. It is deemed the number 2 choice for shoppers on both days. Has almost everything - except for maybe livestock, LOL.

  • Target- Has a great offers for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday – 15% off of most products and free shipping. One site stated: “… last year bedding and bath products were an extra 40% off, Target gift cards were 10% off, and clothing, shoes, and accessories were buy one, get one 60% off.” Last year they posted their Cyber Monday deal on the Sunday prior.

  • EBay - Online shopping only. Great for refurbished and open-box products ( Open-box items are "goods returned by customers, inspected by the retailer, found to be in working order, and re-sold at a discount, rather than returned to the manufacturer.”)

  • Kohl’s - Has a small amount of deals, but the one’s they do have are great. Check out the advertised deals for Kohl’s here:

  • Home Depot - Good For Tools And Hardware – here is the link for their advertised sales for this year’s Cyber Monday:


Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.


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