Thursday, November 25, 2010

Plan to go out Black Friday? Shop right now.

I know for some people the thrill of black Friday is not only the deals, it's the atmosphere and spirit of competition that comes out when you're battling grandma for that last game boy. Black Friday is essentially the Superbowl of shopping, except more violent - trust me I've got the battle wounds to prove it. But if you are one of the many shoppers that do not want to wait in line for 10+ hours and only want a few deals you may be in luck. Over 40 well known retailers have already put the bulk of their sales online. Check out for the full list. This includes walmart, best buy, target, tigerdirect, kohls, kmart, amazon, and jcpenny just to mention a few.
Many stores are offering free shipping with orders over $x amount of dollars. I just got the 32gb ipod touch with free shipping and a $20 gift card for 279.99 from amazon. If you have a .edu email address you can sign up for a free year of amazon prime and get anything you order by tuesday! Now instead of waiting 10 plus hours at walmart I can go to other stores and get items I wanted. (If you are in the market for an ipod touch amazon has the 8gb for 199 - free shipping, essentially only $10 more than the deal from walmart after tax-gift card (225*7% sales tax-$50GC= $190)

So what are you waiting for? Check out the deals now at and avoid waiting in long lines this year!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Black Friday, Freebies, and

I'd like to update everyone that I am just under the half way point with about $440 in freebies. You can check out what I've received so far Here Currently I'm crunching for 3 exams this week so I have not be able to put together the online album for the blog yet.

However, I will get that up during thanksgiving break and post my picks for top black Friday deals. Currently you can check out almost of the ad scans that are out at - sign up and you can go through each ad and create a shopping list for black friday. I've used this site for years to plan out what stores to go to. Next week I will also post about walmart's price matching policy and how that can be used to your advantage on black friday.

I'd also like to thank Susan Johnston and for recently featuring this blog in an article about college budgeting. You can read the article here

As always here are some of my favorite freebies that are still available:

The pilot coupon for a free 16oz drink is still available here
Pilot also added a coupon for a free copy of their magazine

This Friday burger king will again be giving out free coffee. The deal is as follows: "Free Coffee every Friday in November only at Burger King. No purchase necessary. One free 12 oz hot Seattle’s Best Coffee per customer per visit during breakfast hour only. Offer good on 11/5,11/12, 11/19, 11/29 at participating restaurants. While supplies last. Not valid on flavored shots or whipped topping."