The Thriftista Black Friday & Cyber Monday Guide 2011
Black Friday seems to start earlier every year, bleeding even into this past weekend! But it’s still the biggest shopping day of the year. Here’s how you can get through it:
Wait, what’s the deal with Black Friday & Cyber Monday?
Check out last year’s post for some pointers.
Thrifty blog tips
Another tip from blogger Jessica Shallow-Miller of Save Green Being Green: “Group shop, but shop alone. Each person takes their top pick of a store and shops for the entire group at their store. Then you have the best chance of getting the doorbusters at all the stores, even when they open at the same time.”
And Laurie Matheny of Great Ideas and More advises: “Plan accordingly. Know where your store displays for big ticket items are located. Ask the manager beforehand or scope the store. That way you can get straight to what you are wanting to purchase without wasting time looking.”
Kitchen Table 4 U‘s Alison Shaffer offered the great, “Shop where they give gift cards with purchases and buy gift cards at restaurants that give bonus gift cards.”
This year there are more new iPhone and Android Black Friday apps that could help you find deals.
Deals, deals, and deals
Black Friday, Thursday, you name it…
Anthropologie is taking an additional 50% off sale clothing from 6-11am, in-store only.
Threadless tees are $10 each but I haven’t verified this yet!
Kohl’s has many doorbuster specials, including a $99 Polaroid 7″ Android tablet, and as usual deals on apparel and housewares.
Target has a Westinghouse 46″ LCD HDTV for$298. I’m betting they won’t be around past 12:01 am [yes, they open at midnight!]. Also a $79 Kindle and plenty of other electronics.
Macy’s has deals on fragrance sets [Justin Bieber parfum, anyone?], housewares, jewelry… still looking for clothing/shoe deals.
Express has 40% off everything in-store on T-Day till noon, on BF 40% off online and in-store and 30% off after noon.
PetSmart starts at 7am and has many 50% off deals for toys.
Old Navy is open on Thanksgiving Day, with $5 graphic tees, 50% off outerwear [I believe this has been going on already], cheap gloves & scarves, and more.
Menard’s has that same Polaroid 7″ tablet as Kohl’s, for $79.99 and lots of toys and power tools on special.
Best Buy and hhgregg have many TV dealsis featuring a ton of DVD, camera and cell phone deals. There are very small limits on many of these items, so I suggest an early start if your heart is set on electronics.
Victoria’s Secret has buy one bra get one 50% off… this is just 25% off! Passing…
Some tips from the Chicago Tribune to keep your credit card info safe.
I strongly suggest using coupon codes to bring your prices down considerably! My favorite is RetailMeNot, as is Coupon Chief.
Amazon has deals all week long — pair this with RetailMeNot coupon codes, and you’ll knock out much of your shopping.
6pm.com always has great deals on shoes and accessories, and you can get more off now.