With the holidays approaching, there is no shortage of fun and meaningful ways to celebrate, especially if you have kids. From decorating to baking to going for a drive to see the lights, there are a lot of memories to be made at this time of year.
With the near-constant news of data breaches, identity theft, and other cybercrimes, it’s easy to forget that “old-fashioned” means of nabbing your identifying information are still a threat. One of the earliest and most effective non-technological tools of the identity theft trade is sitting right at the edge of your driveway.
For many people, the holidays are a busy time. There are visits with friends and family, school and kids’ activities to attend, work and social events, and more. While much about the season is meaningful and fun, the hustle and bustle of it all also mean we may let our guard down when it comes to protecting our identities and securing our personal identifiable information.
Everywhere you look, stores and shoppers alike are gearing up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The sales specials, discounts, coupons, and events draw crowds of consumers each year, whether to retail stores on Friday or the internet sales on Monday. But there’s another important event to celebrate in conjunction with Thanksgiving and the craziness of the holiday shopping kickoff: Giving Tuesday.
The temptation is always there. You’ve waited in line in a major retail store, your arms laden with items, and finally it’s your turn at the register. The salesperson rings you up, announces your total, and asks, “Would you like to save 20% on today’s purchase by signing up for our credit card?”
A growing number of consumers have come to rely on online shopping for their holiday purchases, and it’s not hard to see why. Retailers of every size have started offering great online deals, coupons, and sales specials, and busy people have taken a liking to saving money while shopping in their pajamas, well away from the crowds and on their own terms.
Part of the fun of holiday shopping is in making out lists of the “perfect” gift to give your loved ones, then browsing for just the right item. For some particularly savvy shoppers, establishing a Black Friday “game plan” means researching which stores are having the best sales, navigating the crowds of shoppers, and even tag-teaming with friends or relatives to whittle the shopping lists down in record time.