Black Friday: What It Is & How to Shop

Once the football games are over and the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers have been put away, it’s time to shop Black Friday sales!

Black Friday has been an American tradition since 1961 when the day’s name originated in Philadelphia. It was originally used to describe the heavy and overly disruptive traffic from pedestrians and cars which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Broader use of the term Black Friday was seen outside Philadelphia around 1975.

Later, at an unknown date, an alternative explanation was used to explain Black Friday: that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black”.

While some brave the crowded malls and congested department stores, others choose to shop online from the comfort of their own home. Regardless of how you shop, you can find out exactly which stores are having sales and how much you can expect to save by visiting

Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s an article from International Business that highlights the very best of the sales, categorized for your convenience!