As you know from my previous post, I’m not a Black Friday Shopper.  I prefer to be home with friends and family over Thanksgiving.  But for Cyber Monday, would I encourage you to take time out from your job to shop online?  I don’t want to seem like I’m advocating that people not put in a hard day’s work.  BUT if you must shop, Racked has got a great list of places with deals.  Check it out here, just don’t say I sent you.










I love shopping, and I love deals, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to write this blog.  And I do buy a lot of holiday gifts Thanksgiving weekend.  BUT I don’t believe in shopping on Thanksgiving.   That’s a day to be thankful for what you have, and to be with family and friends.  I don’t want other people to have to work on Thanksgiving just so I can save on some holiday gifts.  So I don’t have shopping advice for Thanksgiving Day.  Instead, I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday together.


Naughty & Nice

Sometimes I blog for others, and sometimes I produce videos for others.  When you’re shopping this holiday season, don’t get caught buying from a company which doesn’t have a consumer-friendly policy.  Here’s a video with a “Naughty & Nice” list to choose from.  I made this with the help of Consumer Reports’ Tod Marks and a couple of elves.







100 stores are holding sales this weekend in the Lower East Side, the East Village, and Nolita as part of the Capsule Network Neighborhood event.  You can find a list of participating boutiques here.  Restaurants and bars in the area are also offering discounts and special happy hours.  A lot of these businesses were hurt because of damage and/or power outages due to Hurricane Sandy, so they could use your bucks.  And all stores are accepting cash donations for the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief.  This is a good way to kick off holiday shopping season and help those in need.














If you have a child with nut allergies like I do, Halloween candy can be pretty scary.  So I order chocolate from Vermont Nut Free every holiday season.  It was founded by the mother of a boy with a peanut allergy.  The site says its entire selection is completely safe for people with tree nut or peanut allergies.  While I can’t guarantee what’s safe for your child, you can find more information and resources on this on my ShopSmart blog.










I need a smile today and leave it to Marc Jacobs to make that happen.  You’ve probably already seen the ads for his cute Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone cases.  I just can’t stop looking at them and had to post some pix.








At $48 each, they make for a nice holiday gift.  Of course, I can’t use one of these on my iPhone since I need an industrial-strength, Fort Knox-type encasement to protect mine from my child.  But I’m hoping for an iPad for Christmas and Marc makes iPad cases too!