10 Things to Stock Up On During the Holidays

10 Things to Stock Up On During the Holidays

This time of year we have sales happening left and right. Sure you are thinking about gifts for the holidays and food for those smorgasbord meals. If that is all you are shopping for you are losing a great chance to stock up during the holidays for the best prices of the year. These ten items are worth stocking up on even if you have to mix your budget up a little.

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6 Essential Shopping Tips for Black Friday

Black Friday Shopping Tips

Black Friday brings out the shopping adrenaline in die hard shoppers like no other day! A little preparation can make that very busy day more fun, more productive, and less stressful.

1) Scope Out the Sales

Check out the various retailers’ ads to find out what the deals are. You’ll find many online sites that will give you a heads up beforehand so you know where the best deals will be. Check online store sites as well as newspaper inserts.

2) Make a Schedule

Find out what time the stores you want to visit will be open. Map out a strategy to hit the stores based on those times and their locations so that you aren’t doing unnecessary driving.

3) Be Comfortable

Few things ruin a shopping trip faster than being hungry, thirsty, tired or having sore feet. Get some sleep the night before, eat before you go, pack snacks and water, and wear comfortable shoes. It’s going to be a long day and you can expect stores to be crowded and lines to be long.

4) Charge Your Cell Phone

This is especially important if you are shopping with a group. Be considerate of other shoppers—things will be noisy enough without you chatting on your cell phone—but it sure comes in handy if you’re having trouble locating a group member in the crowds.

5) Be Safe

Don’t make your wallet accessible to others. Keep it close to your body—use a fanny pack or a bag with a strap that crosses your body to hold your wallet. Don’t carry large amounts of cash. Don’t leave your purchases in plain view in your vehicle. Put them in the trunk, or at the very least, cover them with a blanket. If at all possible, stop at home throughout the day drop off big ticket items.

6) Enjoy the Day

Remember that today will not be a day to plan on doing things quickly. Be patient with store employees and with other shoppers and drivers. Enjoy the hustle and bustle AND the deals you are finding!

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Grab Hot Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals with RetailMeNot

RetailMeNot

Whenever I purchase anything online I always start out at RetailMeNot so I can find the best sales and coupon codes for whatever I’m looking to buy. Now they’ve made it even easier to grab the hottest deals through the holidays with their dedicated Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal pages!

Did you know that RetailMeNot is the largest online coupon site in the United States? They have over half a million coupons in their searchable online database from tens of thousands of merchants so you’re sure to find anything that you’re looking for. Plus, they’re working around the clock to keep up with the best deals this holiday season so the site is always up to date.

For those of you who enjoy hitting the stores on Black Friday (or any day really!) I recommend that you download the RetailMeNot app for your iPhone or Android device so you can search for in-store coupons while you’re out shopping. If you’re like me, and prefer to shop for those holiday gifts online from the comfort of home, then you should check out the tab at the top of the RetailMeNot page that is dedicated to free shipping offers.

Be sure to bookmark the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal pages so you can check back as they’re updated often, and you can also sign up for Deal Alerts and the RetailMeNot newsletter so you’ll never miss out on great savings.

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post from One2One Network and RetailMeNot.com. All opinions stated are completely my own.

50% Off Everything at Eyes.Lips.Face

I have already received the order I placed last week at Eyes.Lips.Face and I’m such a huge fan of their products and prices that I wanted to let you know they’ve extended their sale for one more day!  Through the end of today you can take 50% off of everything at Eyes.Lips.Face on orders of $25 or more when you use promo code 50WIDE.  Hurry over and grab your bargains, this deal expires at midnight.

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Save On Your Holiday Shopping With Plastic Jungle

At Plastic Jungle you can buy gift cards for hundreds of different merchants at a discount and I really love to use their discounted gift cards to save as much as possible on my holiday shopping.  You can save up to 35% off the face value of gift cards you buy from Plastic Jungle and you always get free shipping, no fees and no expiration dates. 

Buying gift cards from Plastic Jungle for holiday gifts is one way to save on your holiday budget, but you could also shop strategically with the gift cards to save even more!  For example, Best Buy always has lots of hot deals available for Black Friday shoppers, well you could save 5% more right off the top if you use a Best Buy gift card to pay for your bargains.  I’m a huge fan of J.C. Penney because they send me lots of great coupons and they have terrific sales, plus I can use a J.C. Penney gift card from Plastic Jungle to get an additional 16% off my purchases!

Another great way to save on your holiday shopping is to swap or sell any unused gift cards you might have to Plastic Jungle.  If you’ve received a gift card for a restaurant you don’t like, or if you have a partial balance left on a gift card, you can head over to Plastic Jungle and turn it in for up to 92% of its value and get paid with an Amazon gift card, through PayPal or you can opt to receive a check.  This is a hassle free way to make some holiday cash, and they even pay for the postage!

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post on behalf of Plastic Jungle, however all thoughts and comments are my own.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Store Hours

Here’s a list of the publicized store hours for Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales to help you plan your Black Friday shopping strategy.  Keep in mind that some local store hours may vary from those listed (so call ahead and check if unsure) AND many 24 hour stores will have the ad go into effect at midnight so expect inventories to be depleted at those stores very quickly.


Best Buy
Friday – 5 am

Costco
Friday – 9 am

CVS
Thursday – normal store hours, Friday – 6 am

J.C. Penney
Friday – 4 am

Kmart
Thursday  6 am to 9 pm, Friday – midnight

Kohl’s
Friday – 3 am

Lowe’s
Friday – 5 am

Macy’s
Friday – 5 am

Office Depot
Friday – 6 am

Old Navy
Friday – midnight

Sam’s Club
Friday – 5 am

Sears
Thursday – 7 am to noon, Friday – 4 am

Staples
Friday – 6 am

Target
Friday – 4 am

Walgreens
Thursday – 9 am to 6 pm, Friday – 4 am

Wal-Mart
Friday – midnight

 

If you’d rather shop online or need a little inspiration in the gift department, then check out the Shopper Strategy Holiday Wish List.