Today is Black Friday

Black Friday is celebrated on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. Every fourth Thursday of November, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. The following day which is a Friday is Black Friday. In the United States, the day after Thanksgiving has become known as Black Friday and is considered the official kick-off for holiday shopping. Black Friday is the day of the year when retailers finally start generating profit. Therefore, going from ‘being in the red’ to ‘being in the black.’ Retailers all over the country slash prices, offer doorbuster deals on popular big-ticket items and often open in the wee hours of the morning to extend early bird specials. Thrifty and dedicated shoppers line up outside the stores to be the first to grab that special deal or this season’s popular and hard-to-find gift. Hey! Get prepared and get out your pocketbook to shell out some cash, because the Friday after thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year! Black Friday also marks our preparations towards shopping for the Christmas season. In Ghana, Black Friday has been ‘modified’ in such a way that Black Friday is not only seen as the Friday after Thanksgiving Day but every Friday in the month of November. Meanwhile Today, which is the last Friday of November, is the climax of Black Friday in Ghana and it is a great day across the world

Black Friday History
Black Friday can be traced from the enormous amount of sales retailers’ report which can often bring their profits into the black. In accounting, black is used to describe a business making a profit as opposed to being in the red denoting losses. The term Black Friday had a more ominous term in sports before 1980. Black Friday was considered a curse. In March 13, 1981 for instance (which was an unlucky Friday), the 76ers lost for the second Friday the 13th in a row. The term Black Friday was used by sportswriters in reference of their bad luck
In another scenario, the term described the dread of employees who would potentially be without jobs on a Friday. It also reflected the widest spread and darkest financial impacts; the fall of Wall Street. The Black Friday of 1869 may be the earliest use of the term.

How to Celebrate Black Friday
Hey! Get out for those amazing Black Friday deals. There are so many ways to maximize your Black Friday shopping success:
• Plan ahead of time. Scour the ads both in newspaper and online.
• Why stand in line when you can order from the comfort of your home? Check to see if any of the deals are available online
• Which item will you save the most if you can nab it? Prioritize the wish list.
• Compare lists with family and friends. We can’t possibly be in two places at once, and not all the deals on your lists will be at the same store. So it is good to coordinate with your group to divide and conquer. Work as a team to maximize successful shopping.
• Ensure that there isn’t a purchase limit. If there is, make sure the team for that store is big enough to obtain the required number of bounties.
• Set your alarm clock. Some of the best Black Friday deals start soon after midnight.
• For those in Africa, particularly Ghana, get out from your room and hit your road to Melcom. Go there and get some items and commodities for stocking your kitchen.
• You can equally sit at home and order from Jumia or Melcom

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