Cakes with Kris Kringle at the Kentucky Derby Museum Wednesday, Dec 4 2019 

*this is a sponsored post Unlimited pancakes, hot chocolate bar and more!   Join Kentucky Derby Museum on Saturday, December 14th from 9:00a – 12p for Cakes with Kris Kringle, one of the season’s most unique holiday events that keeps families coming back year after year! Unlimited pancakes and hot chocolate bar. Picture with Santa. Christmas sing-a-long with Heartland Music. [...]

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Free Events in December Sunday, Dec 1 2019 

We are all about free events in December! Here’s a selection of FREE family festivals, experiences and events around Kentuckiana. Surely, you will spend enough money this month. So, we want to provide you with ideas for free family fun. This is just a sampling of some of the amazing free events around Louisville. We are happy to provide you [...]

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Winter Break Camps Friday, Nov 29 2019 

Looking for winter break camps for your kids? The kids are out of school for two weeks!  Why not send them to one of these amazing camps to bounce, run, and maybe even learn a little bit? Winter break is long! Winter break camps help the kids stay active and avoid cabin fever. There are camps for every interest!   [...]

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Black Friday advice: Strategy is key when going into battle Thursday, Nov 28 2019 

By Zoe Watkins — 

Thanksgiving will soon be here, and it’s time to gather with family and enjoy the annual festivities. Whether it’s making a hefty dinner, watching TV with the family, or tuning in for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, everything is joyful and peaceful. That is until the clock strikes twelve.

It’s time for the bloodiest battle to begin–Black Friday.

The whole day is utter chaos as crowds of customers squeeze through tiny automatic doors for the last set of cookware. So many people get hurt over everyday items, and in the worst cases, people have been killed getting trampled by crowds. However, if you think the price is right to go against the horde, here are some quick tips to survive Black Friday.

Planning and Precision is Key

Going into the store with no clue whatsoever is like going into battle without any strategy. Before it’s time for the deals to start, make a list of what you want to buy and look where the items are located in the stores. This will save you time that would have been spent searching around the store for what you need. If possible, arrive early to avoid parking wars and maybe get in some early Black Friday sales. Also, if you’re going to shop at more than one store, plan your travel by whose sales start the earliest and find the fastest ways to get there.

Look High, Stake Low

Another key detail is location. A lot of people will be heading to major superstores to get their items which leaves a lot of other places a bit less packed. So while everyone is off at Walmart, find an obscure shopping mall or a small plaza. Besides, maybe your favorite local store is having a better sale than other retailers and might have more items in stock with the smaller crowd.

Travel in Packs

What’s a war without an army? Bring friends with you so snagging deals can be even easier, but also for protection. If you have an item in your cart that someone desperately wants, they will not hesitate to snatch it from you and are willing to fight for it.

Have Some Tricks Up Your Sleeve

No one plays fair when valuable items are being sold at a very cheap cost, so use some of those tactics against them.  Put unappealing things over the items you don’t want someone to see. Some stores will even work with you to get your items safely.

Just Don’t Go at All

At this point, there really is no reason to go to Black Friday and have to deal with all of that chaos unless you really enjoy it. Just wait a couple days for Cyber Monday which sometimes has better deals and some things you couldn’t buy at the store. Also, you get to just sit your pajamas and shop around while eating the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner.

Graphic by Alexis Simon // The Louisville Cardinal

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Black Friday Camps Monday, Nov 18 2019 

Are you looking for a camp option for the day after Thanksgiving? Many places offer day camp fun for kids on black Friday. School is out, maybe you want to do some shopping? The kids can have fun too! Do you have to work on Black Friday? Are you looking to go on a shopping excursion for the day and [...]

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Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch or Dinner with Santa around Louisville Friday, Nov 15 2019 

Christmas is coming and one of the best traditions is a breakfast with Santa. There are many options from paid to free to be sure to check them out.  We have loved some of the “fancier” events to all get dressed up. But, there are many quaint community events that are totally charming. November 13 – December 31, times vary: [...]

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The Best Christmas Lights in Louisville! Toyland Christmas Display Thursday, Nov 14 2019 

Where to see the best Christmas Lights in Louisville? It’s free! Toyland Christmas offers a free Christmas lights display in Louisville that will impress everyone! Looking for more Louisville holiday events beyond the best Christmas lights in Louisville? Click here for 2019 holiday event info. Click here for Lights Under Louisville discounts.  This review is not from this year and some of the [...]

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Veterans Day Deals Monday, Nov 11 2019 

Monday November 11, 2019 is Veterans Day, and several Louisville area establishments are offering deals to veterans and active-duty military throughout the day. See our list below and make a plan to take a veteran or active-duty loved one out as a thank you for all they have done or still are doing for us.   Do you know a [...]

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Ice Skating in Louisville Saturday, Nov 9 2019 

There are ice skating locations in the Louisville area that are open year-round indoors and others that open seasonally outdoors. You don’t have to be the best skater to have fun! Families with kids of all ages should try out ice skating for great memory-making and also, you will laugh a lot and hopefully not come out with too many [...]

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Discounts and Coupons for Lights Under Louisville Friday, Nov 8 2019 

Are you looking for a Lights Under Louisville discount or coupon?   Are you looking to go to Lights Under Louisville but want to save a few dollars? Here are Lights Under Louisville discount and coupon options for this popular holiday attraction.  What’s so special about Lights Under Louisville? According to their website…………. World’s only fully underground drive through Christmas light [...]

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