Well, Black Friday has come and gone, though Cyber Monday looms large. Here’s how we did.
We didn’t go in for any of the huge savings on Thanksgiving or Black Friday itself. First of all, we didn’t want to get up early. Secondly, I had to work. But most importantly, the real “steals” are things like TVs and other big purchases. We don’t need any of those.
So our buying was on smaller items.
I got a three-piece luggage set at Sears. I normally borrow Marc and Nadine’s big suitcase. The problem is that the large outside pocket is a ragged mess. The fabric actually trails behind the suitcase.
It wasn’t enough to justify the cost of the suitcase prices I saw, mind you. But this year a three-piece set (with good reviews on the site) was $39.99. I got $5 off with a Sears coupon and $2.34 off with rewards points. I also got $2 in cash back from Mr. Rebates.
In all, we paid about $35 after taxes. Plus it has a rolling duffel bag, so Tim won’t have to carry his when he travels. Sometimes, his fibromyalgia causes pretty bad hand/shoulder days.
We also got a Roku streaming stick for $39.97 with free shipping and $1.20 cash back on Mr. Rebates. The box we have in the living room is getting unresponsive.
We’re not sure if it’s dying or the ambient light from the window (which the couch in is front of) is screwing with things. Either way, we’re hopeful that the stick will resolve the problem, since there won’t be a box pointed directly at the ambient light source and/or the stick is new and won’t be dying. Whichever one is the issue.
I managed to nab one of Nadine’s gifts for $4.99, which is a screaming deal.
Tim found and bought a Wookie Union Suit from Sears on Wednesday. He’s tickled pink. Or rather, fuzzy and brown. Here’s a shot:
He’s been wearing it every day since. What’s great (besides seeing him in what we have dubbed the Wookie Onesie) is that it’s super warm. We’ve been able to turn the thermostat down a bit without his joints aching.
But it’s not the highest quality. It’s going to wear out. So I did a little price comparing and found the thing for $15 on Boscov’s.
I bought several so that he can keep them in rotation. That way, we avoid any potential stink, and there’ll be less wear and tear on any specific one. Plus I got 7.42% at TopCashBack.
As for the stuff I have left:
Tim: I’m waiting for the annual $10 off books coupon at Amazon before finishing those purchases. Which gives me a little more time to build up and cash in my Swagbucks for another Amazon GC.
Nadine: I’ll buy one item on Cyber Monday, and maybe one more small purchase. Then Tim thought up something unique (and more or less free).
Mom: I’m waiting for a sale, then will schedule the annual Harry & David pears. The produce up there isn’t very good, so it’s wonderful to receive fresh, juicy pears. Hence the yearly splurge.
Marc: His super helpful request was “a Seahawks shirt.” Which is an upgrade from his original “I don’t know” answer. So I guess I’ll go find a shirt and hope he likes it.
The highlight of yesterday was seeing some friends who were in town for the holiday. They’re a married couple we used to do trivia night with, but they moved out of town for his job.
Well, Tim pool. I played the alternate game Or That. As in, I’d call a shot and then say, “Or that” when it failed. Tim finally convinced me to get my own cue. It’s taking some (very frustrating) adjustment.
Also, it looks like I may have a giveaway for you guys in the nearish future. Amy, the female half of the couple, has started her own jewelry business, and she was amenable to donating one of her pieces. More info on that as it develops.
Did you guys get any good deals in the past week? How’s your Christmas shopping going?