The Anti-Black Friday Shopping Guide: How to Score HOT deals without leaving your house

Black Friday is a uniquely American phenomenon where, the day after we give thanks for all our blessings, we participate in ritual hunt of TVs, toys, and other prized holiday paraphernalia. I know that Black Friday shopping, braving the crowds, and scoring the deals is a tradition for some, but frankly, the idea of that many people in one place fighting over Cries-a-lot Baby Doll kind of just leaves me hating humanity for a while.

But you KNOW I want a deal. That’s why I do all my “black Friday” shopping online. Here are my best tips, tricks, and ideas to get the best deals this holiday season, without leaving your couch!

Why shop online vs. in-store?

Many electronics offered for slashed prices are not the top of the line – many are specially made with fewer features just for black friday deals.

Last year Target offered door-busters with a 10% off coupon online: making it cheaper to shop in your PJs. Plus, there are many free shipping deals to be found.

Who wouldn’t want to get all their holiday shopping done while hanging out on the couch!

 

Online Shopping Tips:


If you shop on Amazon at all (and you probably do), Amazon Prime  is a great way to get FREE shipping all year long. It’s $79 up front, but you get free 2-day shipping and free instant videos and Kindle downloads.

Price Drop Alert — This is a free app that alerts you when items on your list fall below a certain price threshold that you have set.

Sign up for deal alerts to your favorite stores with your “junk” email account.

Go in with a list. If you find a great deal but it’s not on the list, ask yourself if you really need it.

Always shop through Ebates to earn cash back. When you sign up here, you’ll also get a $10 gift card to Walmart, JC Penney, or Macy’s.

“Like” your favorite stores’  Facebook pages – you may get access to insider deals and discounts. The 10% off Target coupon last year was released via Facebook.

Use UPS My Choice to be notified of impending shipments and keep track of your online purchases. I use this and love it! You can make sure all the important purchases will be here in time.

Use Retail Me Not  for coupon codes and discounts.

Check the circulars that come out on Thanksgiving day to know what the best prices in-store are and then try to beat them online.

Where should I shop online for the best deals?

Check Mindfully Frugal Mom for all the best deals on the hottest eco-friendly and more gifts and items for the holiday season. Make sure to follow Mindfully Frugal Mom on Facebook and subscribe to email updates.

Check Amazon Lightning Deals and the Amazon Toy List (don’t forget to put your target price in the Price Drop App!)

Check Target’s Daily Deals.

 

Disclaimer: Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links or sponsored content. Clicking through these links help pay for the cost of running this site. Thank you!
This post may contain affiliate links, which help support this site.

Comments

  1. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping
    maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  2. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back often!

Trackbacks

  1. [...] You can see all my tips and tricks that we discussed this morning here. [...]

  2. [...] The Anti-Black Friday Shopping Guide: How to Score HOT deals without leaving your house [...]

  3. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  4. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  5. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  6. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  7. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  8. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  9. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  10. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  11. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  12. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  13. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  14. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  15. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  16. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  17. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  18. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  19. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  20. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  21. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  22. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  23. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  24. [...] sure to check out all my  online shopping strategies  and don’t-miss Holiday 2012 deals. {Leave a [...]

  25. […] Don’t want to go out at all? Then you’ll want my anti-black Friday Online Shopping Guide! […]

Leave a Comment

*