Know this before you fire up your phone or laptop or head out the door to your favorite big box retailer: When it comes to this year's Black Friday sales — you can check out the ads in Thursday's Free Press — there's tremendous overlap in both merchandise and price. Which means this year, more than most, getting the best deal means weighing store incentives — gift cards with purchase, money off future purchases, free stuff.
Welcome to the holiday shopping season. I know, I know, it can be stressful — the crowds, the spending, the lack of time so many of us end up having. But fear not! We're here to help! Target's Black Friday ad is here, it's a doozyCheck out these tips for saving your money — and your sanity this season. We're calling this our Hermit's Guide to Holiday Shopping because, our first piece of advice is to ...and shop. Know that there is absolutely no reason to leave your house to shop.
If you abhor Christmas-creep, avert your eyes. But if you're a planner, you're in luck. If you abhor Christmas-creep and all that is Black Friday, avert your eyes. However, if you’re ready to start planning, it’s time to get excited, as retailers have started rolling out promotions and releasing their Black Friday specials. Here are some highlights:• Amazon kicked off its Countdown to Black Friday Deals Week sale and will add new items as others are sold out.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".