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I told Mom that I plan on going old school and buying the Thanksgiving newspaper to properly peruse the Black Friday ads.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been occasionally peeking at leaked Black Friday ads on BlackFriday.com — and I’ve even taken advantage of some early access prices. But it’s easy to miss things when looking at ad scans on a screen.
And honestly, there’s just something satisfying about spreading out the physical ads and being able to look carefully at all of the items on the page.
What I’ve already bought
I’ve gotten a few things at Target, which has been promoting having Black Friday prices since the start of the month.
Despite that claim, I found that the on food storage containers — on sale for $8.99 for a set of 15 containers and their lids — seems to have ended. Maybe it’ll show back up on Black Friday?
The store is also discounting a number of board games. I played Villainous a while ago, which has you playing as a Disney villain. It’s definitely a difficult game, since everyone has their own win condition. But it was a lot of fun.
The game is $20 instead of $34.99, and the expansion pack is $15 instead of $29.99.
There were a couple other very affordable and very well-reviewed games that I decided to give a try. Time will tell if it was a good gamble, but I have faith.
What I’m still debating
I may (?) buy a small Nutribullet-style blender.
In order to get more grains in my diet — and more low-sodium dairy, for that matter — I’m going to try making some fruit smoothies with Greek yogurt and oats. May eventually try to add some flaxseed.
Using and cleaning the blender every day is far from onerous (especially since I have a second blender jar from an old machine that went kaput). Buuuuut there’s a $14.99 deal at Macy’s for one of the small smoothie blenders.
At first I poo-pooed those as unnecessary. Like I said: Two blendar jars. Then I realized:
- The jars are a more reasonable size, so I could be careful about portions.
- The jars are also cups themselves, so I wouldn’t have to get a cup dirty in addition to the jar.
I’m still debating it, so I’ll read the reviews and check the jar sizes. But historically speaking, Mr. Rebates has 10% or even 12% cash back at Macy’s for Black Friday. Also, Macy’s sometimes has a coupon good for an extra 10% or 20% off — though it may not apply to Black Friday deals.
So I’ll decide on Black Friday itself whether to indulge.
* If you don’t already use Mr. Rebates, you’ll get a $5 bonus after the first rebate posts to your account, and cash back rates are mostly higher during holiday shopping. So it’s a great way to get even better deals on holiday shopping!
For anyone unfamiliar with the process, he only difference between regular shopping and cash back shopping is that, instead of going straight to the store’s website, you go to the cash back shopping site and click the store link on there.
What I’m watching for
I’ll keep an eye on other stores’ prices for small smoothie blenders, of course. I’m going to return an Amazon order at Kohl’sWednesday so I have the extra $5 Kohl’s cash if I want something there.
But beyond that, I think I’ll keep an eye out for any super affordable folding table and chair sets. I don’t technically need any, but my game night list got very long very quickly — as in, I’ve accidentally invited 13 to 14 people with seating for 11 or (if I sit on a stool) 12 — so, yeah, one more wouldn’t hurt.
Unfortunately, the closest I’ve seen is a banquet table, no chairs, for $55ish, and I suspect I’ll need to rely on secondary marketplaces for any future additions. But I can at least check the ads.
Other than that, I think I’m more or less set. But perhaps I’ll see a cool gift idea or something that I hadn’t thought to look for. That is, as long as it’s something I’ve already thought about buying before but rejected at the normal price point. I want as few impulse purchases as possible.
Regardless, scouring the ads will be a fun and weirdly satsifying Thanksgiving activity.
So what about you all? What’s on your list? What have you already bought?