Black Friday can be the most wonderful time of the year, if you plan correctly. While we tend to think of it in terms of snagging toys and electronics at cheap prices, you can take care of a chunk of your household needs with just a little attention to detail.
Over the next month, start looking around your house. Are your towels getting a bit threadbare? There will be deals for those. Is your vacuum on it’s last legs? There will be deals for that. Make a list of things that you need- sheets, towels, kitchen items, whatever. I’ve already started mine, and sure enough- it’s time to replace some of our towels and washcloths. I also need a new external hard drive for storing files and pictures, plus I want to grab a humidifier for the colder months. They are all on my list!
I know Thanksgiving is stressful, whether you are traveling or cooking. Trust me when I say starting your list now is the way to go. It also helps to have your eye on the “prize”, before you start getting dazzled by all those things you don’t need, but sure seem like a lot of fun! Towel deals are a lot less sexy than those shiny new kitchen gadgets and the newest electronics.
Don’t despair if the exact item you want isn’t on a special sale, there are still ways to get deals. For instance, Kohl’s usually runs awesome sales, including getting $15 in Kohl’s cash back when you spend $50. I got my KitchenAid Mixer for a fantastic discount one year when I combined their general coupons with the extra Kohl’s cash. Some sites run special percent off sales and pair it with free shipping offers that you are hard pressed to find during the year.
Amazon runs specials indiscriminately. Toilet Paper, deodorant, other household needs- there is no telling what you can score if you keep your eyes open. It’s a great time to stockpile some necessities for the coming year at a nice discount.
Don’t forget to comparison shop! I actually do a spreadsheet of items and prices from each store- sometimes Walmart and Target have the same items on sale, but with a price difference. Even if it’s only 50 cents, pennies make dollars.
This is a great way to keep your spending in check, and also save money on things you truly need. We all know where that money is going, don’t we?
Onto my earning report!
2020 West Coast Trip Goal: $5000
October 7th- October 13th
Total earned this week: $92.86
Fund Total from last post: $2092.04
Current Fund Total: $2184.90
Only $2815.10 to go!
WOW!! Halfway there!
Couponing to Somewhere Week 20: Christmas