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Most of the ad scans are out for the stores – so we know what is available for deals on Black Friday. Just check out BFADS.net to see for yourself! We will still have a few surprises, but it’s time to make a plan!
Here is what I do:
#1 Set the budget.
How much money can be spent? If I don’t have it — no matter how great a deal it is, I can’t and won’t take advantage of it! I am shopping for two people this year: me and my disabled brother…I know how much we both have to spend.
#2 Make a list.
Who am I shopping for? I know my brother has 5 people he needs gifts for and I am done shopping for the holiday already. I am looking at 2012 – but more about that later!
#3 Start looking at the ads.
Walmart has a serious price match offer on the table: buy it at their store and save the receipt. If the items in on sale at any time before the holiday for less, you bring in the receipt and competitor’s ad for a rebate/store gift card. That makes it very tempting to shop there – but I look elsewhere first!
#4 Think out of the box.
EVERYONE want’s their cut of the Black Friday customers – so you can find deals where you normally wouldn’t think to look!
Last year – The Roundy’s grocery stores had a few different gift cards you could choose from – if you spent $100, you got a $20 gift card (Catalina) to use on groceries for their store – limit of two offers. (You could get $200 in GC and end up with $40 in free groceries). The gift cards ranged from restaurant chains to Marcus Movie Theaters. I stocked up on movie gift cards as one $25 gift card, used for the $2 Frosty Flicks winter kid’s movie promotion meant Miss Sarah and I could see 6 movies together that were $8 per person earlier in the year!
The Drugstores have great deals too! Last year I scored big time with Walgreen’s who had a few pages in their ad for items FREE after getting Register Rewards back! I posted their 2011 deals HERE and am excited about the free toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss picks and deodorant as we are working on Blessing Bags for the Homeless ministry of our church!
Menard’s usually has a fun list of items with their Mail In Rebate Program — I have been saving up the checks that I have rolled over the last 11 months and have over $100 to spend there on new deals! I saw a cute kids table/chairs that will be fantastic in Miss Sarah’s new Princess Room and some Cricut Cartridges for ME, for my scrapbooking for just $12.99
This year looks simple: We don’t need much and I am planning a move – so less to move is GOOD!
I already have Miss Sarah’s Summer Birthday items, thanks to my gift stockpile (another post coming) and will skip Walmart unless I see great DVD deals that I can have price matched. Seriously, new DVDs for $2-3 are great to space out over the year for things like the long car ride to Florida.
I am after Walgreen’s, Menard’s and Copp’s — then I am done. My kid brother wants to give gift cards out this year and I will use HIS store card at Copp’s to score him the $20 free groceries (if they do it again this year).
Are you a Black Friday Shopper?
What are you looking for this year?