2014 Early Black Friday Deals

2014 Early Black Friday Deals

Posting a quick sample of pre-Black Friday sales to remind people that they don’t have to interrupt their post-Thanksgiving plans if they want to tackle shopping early this year.

Make sure that you check out my other blog posts where I have already shared some of my favorite Black Friday aggregation websites (find the best deals all in the same spot!) and tips and tricks for maximizing the day.

Leave a comment with the best early deals you have found or what you’re taking advantage of!

Retailers’ Early Offers

Some of the best deals I am seeing from Walmart are their LEGO sets although a lot of them have to be picked up in-store since they have sold out online.

Newegg is offering their lineup of computer discounts.

Macy’s Super Sunday sale is going on right now too!

Amazon for all their early deals.

Best Buy

30% off at Old Navy!

New York & Company

Ralph Lauren

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

This dedicated to all the pug lovers out there, especially a special family with a pug named Misha who has a very special tongue. I came across one pug thing and it just led to another and another!

Click on these affiliate links to immediately be able to purchase in time for the holidays!  Which do you like the best?  What else would you recommend for the pug lover in your life?

Educational Insights Shelby’S Snack Shack Game

  • Develops number, counting and early math skills
  • Develops fine motor and social skills
  • Great for the whole family

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Beige Pug W/ Red Bowtie OEM Goda Mypetcase Plush Snap On Case W/ Stand For iPhone 5

  • Detachable/Washable Puppy
  • 360 Degree Rotating Stand
  • Front Legs provide extra stand and can be hooked on the inside of your pocket
  • Super soft plush material (just like a comfortable blanket)


Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers


Apple Iphone Custom Case 4 4s White Plastic Snap on – Keep Calm and Love Pugs



Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Keep Calm And Pug On baby one-piece infant clothing

  • Printed with water-based, eco-friendly inks.
  • Prints are super soft and permanently dyed in the fabric

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers


Head Case Piper The Pug And Kisses Design Back Case Cover For Apple iPad Mini

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Kurt Adler 3-1/2-Inch Noble Gems Glass Ornament

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

Originally starting as a list of hostess/host gifts, I quickly saw a common theme in the gifts that I find based on recommendations from others. This year is the year for beer. Craft beer business is booming across America which means we also need the corresponding swag to go with it! Here is a list that I discovered for our beer drinker in our life. Dedicated to all the beer lovers in my life, you know who you are!


Hydro Flask Growler

The perfect tailgating gift, this insulated beer growler keeps beer cold (and fizzy!) for up to 24 hours! (Also keeps drinks hot for up to 12 hours…) Added bonus? 5% of the sale goes back to the charity of your choice! 😀

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller

Nobody wants to drink a hot beer right? Ensure that your drink is cold from the first sip to the last by freezing the corkcicle and simply inserting into any bottled beer and drinking right through it!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

Libbey Craft Brews Beer Flight 6-Ounce Clear Pilsner Glass Set

What beer drinker wouldn’t like to offer a beer flight of their favorite craft beers from the comfort of their own home? I could definitely envision said person enjoying multiple sets for when friends come over.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


Firewood Beer Soap- Made with Abita Purple Haze

Soap made with Abita Purple Haze, what?! More than 100 varieties of beer soap to choose from, this very personal gift will definitely surprise the recipient!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


The Oxford Companion to Beer

A collection of 1,100 A-Z beer stories highlighted by the most famous beer experts in the world. Perfect for the home brewer and beer importer, this book is filled with comprehensive resources and cultural references.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


HeadCase Hard Case and Bottle Opener

You might not always have a bottle opener with you but chances are you’ll have your phone! Use this two-in-one solution so you don’t have to ever find yourself in a precarious position again.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

DrinKlip Uni

Use this drink clip to provide an instant drink holder, no matter the surface! Never worry about spilling a drop again!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

Beer/Wine Safeguard Reusable Bottle Protector

If you’re making a beer pilgrimage and want to bring some of the bounty home, use this reusable bottle protector to keep your beer safe and your clothes dry! Protects during the dangers of traveling!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

KegWorks Growler On Board Beer Transport Unit

Safety first! People always buckle up their most precious cargo and this growler transport unit allows the safe delivery of up to three growlers from point A to point B! Either securely traveling on the floor or additionally protected with a seatbelt, this eliminates any road trip stress.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


Kikkerland Luchador Bottle Opener
Very popular right now, this bottle opener of a mini wrestler is sweeping the internet for its 15 minutes of fame. Token inclusion.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers



Top 10 List: Best Gifts for Foodies

UPDATED:  Originally created for Mother’s Day, these gifts are great for any male or female foodie in your life!  (Or yourself…)…enjoy and let me know what else I should add!

With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, I wanted to come up with a recommended list of Foodie Mother’s Day gift ideas that are all available on Amazon Prime for immediate shipping! I tried to think outside the normal Mother’s Day box with things I have purchased for myself and loved, or received great recommendations for.

Prepara Herb Savor

I really like the following two items because they really extend the life of your herbs!  It says it also works with asparagus but I have not tried that yet…very easy to clean!
Prepara Herb Savor gifts for foodies

Prepara Herb Savor Pods, Set of 3
Prepara Herb Savor Pods, Set of 3 Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies

Growbottle – Basil

This is a special gift for anyone that is saving an empty bottle of wine from a special occasion.  Sometimes the bottle itself is too cute to recycle.  This is an awesome way to upcycle it and made it into a perfect herb garden.
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies

Gourmet Korean Barbeque Insert

You don’t have to be Korean to appreciate this grill enhancer!  Bulgogi is thinly sliced marinated beef, charred on the grill.  This device sits on top of the grill to perfectly cook the meet and catch drippings from the marinade!
Weber 8840 Gourmet Barbeque System Korean Barbeque Insert Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies

Lodge Logic Cast-iron Skillet

Everyone needs a good cast-iron skillet (fried chicken anyone?!) and this one comes very highly recommended!  For under $20 this is a steal.
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned cast iron Skillet

Hand – Harvested Pinot Noir Flake Sea Salt

Sea salt can finish any savory or sweet dish with the perfect taste.  Harvested in Oregon, this natural ingredient is a crowd pleaser!
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies Hand - Harvested Pinot Noir Flake Sea Salt: Jacobsen Salt Co

3-Pack of Organic Seed Bombs (Edible Flowers, Salad Greens, and Herbs)
For the chef that love to use fresh herbs, encourage them to grow their own with these “throw and grow” balls that require no digging.
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies 3-Pack of Organic Seed Bombs (Edible Flowers, Salad Greens, and Herbs)

My Life in France by Julia Child

The next two foodie gift recommendations are books.  Read this one over my honeymoon and devoured it before landing in the Dominican Republic!  An enjoyable read by Julia Child about the events leading up to whom she was meant to be!
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies By Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme: My Life in France

Ad Hoc at Home

Arguably the best chef in America, Thomas Keller’s “Ad Hoc at Home” is a beautiful cookbook accessible to the masses.  He goes into great, patient details about how to prepare the best fried chicken, enhancing dishes with gingerly tended ingredients.  Bright, delicious pictures, recipes that are easy to follow (also some are involved) that take homemade family style dishes to the next level!

Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies books Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller

Deluxe Rolling Utility Cart

Finally, for the foodie that always goes to the farmers market each week, help them carry this produce around by getting this fantastic utility cart.  I use mine every week and it can be spray painted any desired fun color!  Instead of struggling under the weight of many fabulous produce purchases, let them easily maneuver during their weekly shopping adventures.
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies Whitmor 6318-2678 Deluxe Rolling Utility Cart, Black

2012 Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday has morphed from a day dedicated to post-Black Friday deals into a weeklong continuation of the shopping splurge! Here are some well known and lesser known Cyber Monday deals worth checking out this year!


Click on images to take advantage of offers!

2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • TODAY ONLY! Offer valid only Monday, November 26, 2012
  • 40% off everything
  • Free Shipping on all orders
  • Promotional Code: ICE


2012 Cyber Monday Deals


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • In-store and online, all week long
  • Discounts on clothes, equipment, GPS devices and more


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Kids sail 50% off in Europe
  • $1000 airfare credit
  • $250 credit onboard


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Ends Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • Free shipping on orders over $30: SHIP30
  • Save up to 50% off, add an additional 20% off: EXTRA20


  • FREE SHIPPING* on orders over $100 with code: HOLIDAY


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 40% off select items
  • Free bonus items on select gifts
  • Free personalization
  • Ends 11pm EST, Monday, November 26, 2012


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Free shipping, no minimum, ends Monday, November 26, 2012
  • Girls clearance here
  • Womens clearance here
  • Men’s clearance here
  • Black Fleece clearance here
  • Boys clearance here



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 7am to 7pm 12 hour Cyber Monday sale
  • SAVE UP TO 50% off any Spurs game in the month of January. Act Now! The earlier you buy, the more you can save!

*Offer excludes the Jan. 9th LA Lakers game. Click Here


  SAVE 50% 7:00am – 8:00am
  SAVE 40% 8:00am – 10:00am
  SAVE 30% 10:00am – 12:00pm
  SAVE 20% 12:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Rampage tickets on sale here
  • Silver Stars tickets here
  • Globetrotters here (Promo Code: CYBER)


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Free shipping
  • Save up to 30% off winter items
  • 50-70% off clearance items
  • Online only, ends Monday, November 26, 2012


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Save 15% off with SAVE15
  • Free shipping
  • Ends tonight 11:59 pm PST on 11/26/12
  • Additional sale items here


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Up to 50% off cute notepads, magnets and great stuffing stockers
  • Free shipping: FREESHIP


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Need a new website? I used this site for my wedding website and loved it!
  • Free domain and $250 in ad vouchers
  • 50% off
  • Monday, November 26, 2012 only


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Extra 15% off
  • Free Shipping at $75
  • Promo code: CYBER
  • Extra 25-40% off clearance items
  • Ends Monday, November 26, 2012


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 25% OFF $100+ & Free Shipping
  • Code: 25CYBER
  • Sale ends November 27, 2012



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Offer valid through 11/26/12
  • Free shipping on any order
  • Code: PCXZPP


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Take an extra 20% off with code: BLKFRI
  • Free Standard Shipping applies to book orders over $25
  • Offer ends 11/26/12



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • $5 deals
  • Up to 40% off
  • Free shipping: JOY
  • Ends 11/29/12, 11:00 PM ET



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 20% offer online: CYBER20
  • Ends November 27, 2012
  • Free shipping no minimum


2012 Cyber Monday Deals



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Spend $49, get FREE SHIPPING!
  • Spend $99, get free shipping plus FREE EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY SET!
  • Spend $149, get free shipping, holiday set & 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE!


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 50% off EVERYTHING online
  • Promo code: TODAYONLY
  • Free shipping valid for a limited time only on all orders placed at LOFT.com with standard shipping and a $125 minimum purchase.
  • $8.95 flat-rate shipping will be applied otherwise


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 30% off appliances
  • 20% off Christmas trees
  • Deals on heaters, lighting, and more
  • Ends Monday, November 26, 2012


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Offer expires on November 27, 2012, 9 a.m. E.S.T
  • Save 50% off for 26 weeks subscription



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Click on the image to take advantage of all the BLUE FRIDAY sales!
  • Offer ends at 11:59 CST Monday, Nov. 26
  • Save $20 off season pass
  • 50% off tours
  • 30% off camps
  • Interactive programs starting at $99


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Choose 5 Free Samples
  • Free Standard Shipping with all orders $25.
  • Offer ends on November 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 300 values
  • Free shipping
  • Ends November 26, 2012


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Save 30% off entire order: CYBER
  • Works at Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy
  • Ends 11/26/12



  • Offers valid November 26, 2012 ONLY
  • Tons of offers!


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Free shipping on orders over $75
  • 25% off holiday colors
  • Temporarily reduced bags


  • View all deals here – over 1000!
  • Ends 11/26/12

2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Although Black Friday normally starts on the crack of dawn the Friday after Thanksgiving (or sometime Thursday evening these days), here’s a list of retails who have already started their Black Friday sales!  Don’t forget to also check out my top 11 tips for maximizing your Black Friday shopping potential!

Click on any of the images for a direct link to the Black Friday details!

2012 Early Black Friday Sales Kohls

  • Preview Kohl’s Black Friday sale and add items to cart for immediate check out on Black Friday (I imagine this is to prevent Kohl’s annual Black Friday website outage…)
  • Promotional Code: BLACKFRI additional 15% off your order
  • Free shipping on orders of $50 or more
  • $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent between November 21-25, redeemable November 26 through December 3.

2012 Early Black Friday Sales Kohls

Notable Kohl’s Deals (items must be in cart to see price reflected)

Ebay's 2012 Early Black Friday Sales


NY and Company 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Everything is 50-70% off
  • Free shipping, no minimum



American Eagle AE 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • American Eagle and ae.com is offering 40% Off Entire Purchase
  • Coupon Code 35787891.
  • Free Shipping on all orders to the United States and Canada
  • Now through Sunday, 11/25


Express 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Express is offering 50% off entire purchase now until noon, on Black Friday

  • $8 shipping flat rate
  • No coupon code required


Lands End 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • WONDERLAND with the PIN code 2126 to receive 30% off your entire purchase and free shipping with no order minimum!
  • Last through Monday, 11/26
  • Daily doorbuster deals too
  • No minimum


Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales


  • Known for their VIP Tote, you can purchase for $20 with $40 purchase:
    • Valued at $111, VIP Tote includes Signature Collection Shower Gel (10 oz.) and Body Lotion (8 oz.) in the new Cashmere Glow, a Paris Amour Body Lotion (8 oz.) and a Paris for Men 2-in-1 Hair + Body Wash (10 oz.). This year’s beautiful bag also comes with a red shower sponge, a mini Cranberry Bellini candle (1.3 oz.), and our Anti-Bac Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Sparkling Pink Champagne (8.75 oz.)!
    • Promotional Code: VIP12

    Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales


Newegg 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • 72-hour Pre-Black Friday Frenzy guaranteeing products featured will not drop lower on Black Friday

Some Deals include:


The Body Shop 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • get any 3 Items for $30 (up to $78 value)
  • Every $30 order, includes option to purchase the Joy in a Bag Mistletote, a 14-piece collection valued at $100, for only $30
  • Free standard shipping on orders of $50 or more, flat-rate shipping starts at $5.95.


The Body Shop 2012 Early Black Friday Sales


Target 2012 Early Black Friday Sales


Best Buy 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Best Buy is offering a handful of deals on sale from today through Wednesday
  • Check back daily!

Best Buy 2012 Black Friday Online Sales


Amazon 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Check out their lighting deals and upcoming deals!
  • Subscribe to their email, limited supplies

Walmart 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

As I will never step foot in Walmart on the actual Black Friday day, here are some great online deals to take advantage of

  • Free shipping
  • Various deals


Office Depot 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Save on printers, scanners, and other office supplies


Toys R Us 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Details about Black Friday here
  • 8pm Door Busters Thursday night
  • Check out their Daily and Flash Deals every couple of hours here

New Best Buy Experience

This weekend, San Antonio-area residents are invited to attend Best Buy’s grand re-opening celebrations in three locations including: San Antonio, Alamo Ranch and Legacy. The stores each have new features and designs which allow for a more interactive and accessible shopping experience. Festivities include the following:

Saturday, November 10:
· Family breakfast fare from Taco Cabana will be served at 8:30 a.m.
· Opening ceremonies including – Ribbon cutting ceremony, high school drum lines and check presentations to the following charity partners at 9:45 a.m.
o Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio at Alamo Ranch location
o Healy-Murphy Center at San Antonio location
o SA Youth at Legacy location
o George Gervin Youth Center Inc. to support the enhancement of local technology programs for teens
· First 300 customers (18 or older) will receive a gift bag that includes a mystery Best Buy gift card valued between $10 and $1,000
· First 25 kids (18 or under) will receive a Geek Squad T-shirt
· San Antonio’s own Sebastien De La Cruz and Mariachi Charros de Oro from America’s Got Talent appearance and photographs:
o Alamo Ranch location from 11:30 a.m.;
o Legacy location from 3:00 p.m.
· Top Chef Texas and San Antonio-Austin Chef Paul Qui appearance and demonstration at the San Antonio location from 11:00 a.m.
· James Beard semi-finalist and local restaurateur Jason Dady appearance and demonstration at the San Antonio location from 2:00 p.m.
· Text to win for exciting prizes – In-store prize winners announced at the top of every hour during store hours all day long

*For celebrity appearances, wristbands will be distributed 2 hours prior to the start time and are available on a first-come, first-served basis – maximum 1 wristband per person

Locations below!

Best Buy is excited to offer their customers a whole new shopping experience!

  • An expanded Geek Squad precinct, which can help make understanding your gadgets easier
  • Eye-level displays creating more opportunities to play with and discover the technology you love
  • Digital registers located throughout the store to streamline the check-out process so you can get in and out faster than ever
  • New in-store digital displays that update as often as our products do so you can be in-the-know with the latest information on all your favorite brands

Learn about all the details here. In San Antonio, on Saturday, November 10th, 2012, you’ll be able to get this new shopping experience at any of the following locations from 10am to 10pm!

  • San Antonio – 125 Nw Loop 410 Ste 201, San Antonio, TX 78216
  • Legacy – 2003 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232
  • Alamo Ranch – 5419 W Loop 1604 N, San Antonio, TX 78253

Want to win a $25 Best Buy gift card? FIVE lucky readers will win! Enter by doing any (or all!) of the following:

  • Become a Fan of my blog (or let me know that you are already!): https://www.facebook.com/geekettebitsfan
  • Follow me on Twitter @geekettebits
  • Share this post with your friends on Facebook and tag
  • Leave a comment on this post (below)
  • Subscribe to my blog’s newsletter
  • Tweet the following:

@geekettebits I want to win a $25 giftcard so I can experience the #NewBestBuy experience! http://bit.ly/S8NdFh


new best buy shopping experience

I’ll be choosing one winner a week for the next five weeks! Your entry will remain in the drawing unless you win one of the gift cards!

**Thank you to the folks at Best Buy for helping me host this contest by donating five $25 gift certificates!

Savings Nation | Erin Chase

What:  Savings Nation, a workshop hosted by Savings.com

When:  March 30 from 6:30-8:30pm

Where:   Alamo Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio

Cost:  $5 plus a canned good (both of which go to the San Antonio Food Bank!)

Erin will teach participants smart and simple ways to save BIG at the grocery store…basically how to spend less making small changes to the way you shop, use coupons and meal plan. She shares top tips and tricks for saving big…all while being healthier (she’s big on cooking from scratch and eating healthy).


Erin Chase, founder of $5 Dinners.com, been The ViewThe Rachel Ray Show and ABC News. She grew up in San Antonio, lived outside the country for a while, came back and started her little blog…which sort of blossomed into a national phenomenon which led to a gig on Rachel Ray and two best selling cookbooks.


Register:  http://www.5dollardinners.com/2012/03/san-antonio-coupon-class.html

Why should you go??

  • Learn how to save 50% on groceries with coupon strategies for  local stores
  • Get valuable and exclusive tools to find the best deals and plan out meals every week
  • Connect with neighbors, make new friends, and find a savings buddy to help along the way
  • AND you’ll be supporting the local San Antonio Food Bank!

Savings Nation | Erin Chase


Alamo Heights United Methodist Church – 825 E. Basse Road | San Antonio, TX 78209 {map}

Brought to you by Savings.com who believes the key to being a happy, healthy consumer is saving money on the things that you need in order to spend on the things that you want.  Find additional savings from them on their social media channels:


2013 Infiniti JX

During the Gunn Infiniti launch party of the 2013 Infiniti JX, we had the pleasure of exploring the newest member of the Infiniti family, set to make it’s debut in the summer of this year!  Although we didn’t get a chance to test drive this sleek addition, we were wowed by the numerous features, roominess, and sexy styling:

  • Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
  • Completely custom seats, 3 row SUV! – The folding 2nd- and 3rd-row bench seats can arrange for any combination of up to seven passengers and cargo
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control – as a mom this is especially important, when everyone wants a different temperature!
  • Two panoramic moonroofs – becoming a common feature, adds uncompromised vision
  • Around View® Monitor – Four cameras positioned around the vehicle give you a virtual 360° bird’s eye view on your display
  • Infiniti Connection features include Automatic Collision Notification, Drive Zone monitoring, Google Calendar™, and Destination Assistance via your Infiniti Personal Assistant
  • Infiniti Intelligent – View Display
  • Blind Spot Intervention system – helps alert you to vehicles in the blind spot area when driving

Learn more about the sleek features here.  Also learn how you can pre-order your Infiniti JX from Gunn Infiniti here!

Make sure to keep track of all the latest news from Gunn Infiniti through their social media channels:

As well as Infiniti’s social channels:

2013 Infiniti JX

Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips | Chevy Haul

For an entire week, I had the luxury of driving around a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, courtesy of Chevrolet’s Driving in the Heartland team, dedicated to the heartland of America! You can check out their website or follow their tweets, @ChevyTexan, for their latest adventures, offers, fantastic finds, and more.

As a savvy deal finder, I definitely wanted Chevrolet to get their money’s worth, I tweeted #chevyhaul like crazy and during Black Friday I managed to make it to 20 different stores, starting at midnight with my friend and fellow blogger Gita of the uber-fashion blog, Mimi and Chichi.

Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips

In preparation of Black Friday 2012, here are 10 things that every savvy Chevy Haul shopper should know:

1 – Do the math! It is very easy to think you’re getting a good deal on Black Friday. You wait the entire year for sales like these. The only day of the year Apple deems worthy of offering a discount…but to feel good at the end of the day, make sure you’re getting a good deal on quality items!

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

Walmart was offering an Emerson 32? 720p LCD TV for $188 but who could beat the quality and discounts offered by Best Buy’s Sharp 42” 1080p LCD HDTV for ONLY $199.99. Plus, with the Walmart horror stories on the news and talking with other shoppers in line, I doubt I’ll ever  visit Wallyworld on Black Friday.

2 – Map it out! With many stores opening at midnight (and some even opening on Thanksgiving day — too early if you ask me…) you’ll not only want to make sure you understand where you’re headed but WHEN you need to head there. Before I hit the road in my Chevy Equinox, I made a list of all the stores that opened early, in the order they opened here. There tends to be a gap between the stores that opened at midnight, and the next round that opens at 4-5am…this will keep you busy.

*Another thing to consider, visit stores more out of the way. Although the drive might be longer, the wait will be shorter and more variety will be left untangled. Especially for high demand items, go the extra 20 miles to a remote location that you know won’t be as hectic!

**Many stores open earlier but end the incredible sales before 11am or noon. Get there early if you want to get the best deals!

Click on the Foursquare image below to see the stores that I stopped at and the deals at the time.

2012 Chevrolet Equinox |  Black Friday Shopping

3 – Bring a snack! If you’re always snacking like my friend Gita and I you’ll want to bring some holiday leftovers (brusselsprouts and cookies) as well as some water and energy drinks. At every store we visited, people were complaining of hunger pains, impatiently waiting for the food courts and other restaurants to open. Crabby people make impatient shoppers who are more willing to just buy things they don’t want. Give your wallet a fair chance.

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

4 – Leave the kids at home! We were waiting in line at Old Navy, for 30 minutes outside (so many people showed up for the free digital camera, fire hazards limited the number of shoppers allowed in at one time…) and it was fairly cold for us Texans. In front and behind us were were sobbing toddlers, begging to go home. Finally, seconds before being let into the store, the mothers staggered off with their children. MAKE CHILDCARE ARRANGEMENTS! There are a lot of children friendly daycares, gyms, and play places that offer moms and dads Black Friday shopping drop offs, starting early in the morning until the afternoon.

*With the new midnight shopping time, I also noticed a LOT of tweens running loose at the mall. Apparently their parents dropped them off with friends, while waiting for their stores to open, you could see some inappropriate makeout sessions going on. PARENTS – shopping is not the only thing that goes on at the maul…I mean mall.

5 – Go big or go home! Some of the best deals that I saw being offered were in department stores! For all your houseware needs, Macy’s and Sear’s were the way to go!

  • KitchenAid Pro 500 Series Mixer for $199.99 at Sears
  • Macy’s offered 20% off additional Black Friday sale prices! Gita got amazing sheets, retailed at $600 for less than $250!

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

6 – Fight the Crowds! With the explosion of online Black Friday sales, who in their right mind would consider fighting the crowds when all of your shopping can be done from the comfort of your own home? I’ll give you one reason why. Every year, without fail, there are significant online outages or slowdowns because of the crazy amounts of traffic generated from the 20 million other people who want to shop from the comfort of their own homes.

I remember one year I spent 3 hours painfully fighting Kohls website, adding things to the shopping cart, trying to checkout with them, being told they were sold out or having my cart emptied prematurely. In 2.5 hours I probably could have fought the masses, tried on clothes, AND checked out! Never again!

7 – Keep it social! Above was a list of all my foursqaure check ins. Make sure you take advantage of all the social and in-store promotions being offered! Many Foursquare venues offered additional discounts to shoppers. At Old Navy, Gita won an additional coupon for being the first to bring up a nail file during a contest. Many retailers on Twitter offered their followers Twitter only coupons AND additional #hashtag contests. With everyone else busy shopping, the chances of your winning is increased greatly!

8 – Chevy-sized vehicle for haul! This year I was blessed to have a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox to haul around all our deals! Buy a new car, borrow a friends, clean out your trunk before hitting the road!

Our Equinox offered:

  • great gas mileage so we could go the distance
  • plenty of storage space for our shopping haul
  • comfy seats when we needed to give our feet a rest
  • hiding places so we didn’t get mugged (always be wary of your surroundings, don’t be sitting ducks…)

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

9 – Additional tips and tricks! Here are some more helpful tips and tricks for making the most out of Black Friday:

  • Sign up for email alerts from your favorite stores ahead of time
  • Buy the newspaper on Thanksgiving for printed coupons and tons of store ads (nice consolidated view for the last minute shopper)
  • Download a Black Friday mobile app like BF Ads that gets updated with new ads all the time, is easy to use, and works without an internet connection (mall 3g can be shady)
  • Shop the off hours! Old Navy was CRAZY and had a long line at midnight, but everywhere else we visited between 2am to 7am had virtually no lines! Traffic starts to pick back up around 7am…
  • Make sure you get a place in line. If you’re battling it out for the best Best Buy offer, get there early and get the ticket. Ask for one. You need proof you were there at 24 hours before midnight and not some random person who waltzed up when the clock struck 12.
10 – Shop with a buddy! Bring a willing and able friend (one who won’t make you feel rushed) to:
  • Stand in line while your searching for clothes
  • Run to the car to get coupons or snacks while you’re waiting to check out
  • Give you a second opinion on impulsive purchases
  • Let you borrow your phone if yours starts to die
  • Think of stores you might not have gone to
  • Keep you safe in numbers!
+1 more – BEST tip of all! I almost didn’t want to share this secret. I’m afraid that once it gets out EVERYONE will take advantage of it. But because I love my readers so much, I will share the best Black Friday shopping tip in the entire world:
This year, on the Wednesday BEFORE Black Friday, at my leisure, I went to several retailers and tried on the clothes that I wanted to buy on Black Friday. Waiting to try on clothes during Black Friday, especially at busy stores like Old Navy, Kohl’s, etc. is adding an additional hour to each store, at least. I tried on all the close that I liked, at my leisure, without them being picked over…and then I *gasp* placed them on layaway. On Black Friday, I waltzed into the store, headed straight to the counter, asked for my clothes, and walked out in about 15 minutes (the time it took to wait in the long line.) I received glares from other shoppers and looks of envy from others.
*There are some risks. Only one store that I went to had better deals the Wednesday before than the Friday of, but it did happen. Also, the people can always accidentally put the clothes back on the shelves (happened once on a non-Black Friday shopping trip…)

Driving in the Heartland invited me to:

So, what better way to ease some of that holiday shopping stress than by taking a brand new Chevy for a spin to get all of your shopping done in comfort and style? This year, Chevrolet will be giving five fabulous bloggers a Chevy vehicle to drive while they take on their holiday shopping throughout the Heartland. Three bloggers from Texas and two bloggers from St. Louis, Missouri, will be riding comfortably in Chevy cars and crossovers in the next few weeks, and you can follow along as they navigate the madness on Twitter using the hashtag #ChevyHaul.

Check out all the details here.

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways

Although the “12 Days of Christmas” normally occurs the day after Christmas, December 26 leading to the Feast of Epiphany, on the twelfth day, on January 6, the following retailers and talk show hosts are offering 12 days of giveaways, discounts, and prizes to get you in the holiday spirit!

Check back daily from now until the 12 of December (depending on the website…) and take advantage of their that day only sale or surprise. Enter to win giveaways or use special coupon codes! Online only.


12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Godiva Chocolate


12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Starbucks

Starbucks 12 festive holiday gifts



12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Dell Computers


12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Netted



12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - the Ellen Show

Ellen Show Tune in to see these fantastic prizes and watch all show long to see the names of the 25 lucky winners.

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Oprah

Oprah Twelve lucky readers will win the Favorite Things chosen by Oprah



12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Line

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Thai Airways

Thai Airways 12 days special fares

Eversave San Antonio

Does anyone here like to win free stuff?! (I know I do!!)

Thanks to Eversave San Antonio, one of my fabulous readers is going to walk away with a gift certificate to Dallia’s Hair and Nail Studio ($55 value!!)

Multiple Ways to Enter and Win:

  • Simply leave a comment at the end of this blog post on which local San Antonio restaurant or retailer you’d like to see featured on Eversave next!
  • Tweet:  I want to win an @EversaveSAT deal on @geekettebits.com! Pls RT! http://bit.ly/tsnVtW #gbcontest
  • Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/geekettebits
  • Become a Fan on Facebook: http://facebook.com/geekettebitsfan
  • Tag “Geekette Bits” in a wall post on Facebook with a link to this blog post!

Eversave San Antonio

** All winners must have already signed up for Eversave San Antonio! **

Did you know?? Eversave San Antonio:

  • Local deals offered DAILY! National deals offered as well!
  • Get $2 off coupon just for signing up today!
  • Convince you’re friends to sign up too, you’ll get $10 for EACH friend as soon as they make their first Eversave purchase!

Eversave San Antonio | Dallia's Hair and Nail Studio


Become a fan on Facebook:

Eversave San Antonio Facebook

Follow their tweets, @EversaveSAT:

Eversave San Antonio Twitter

The winner will be selected randomly on Tuesday, November 22! Check back to see if you won!

2011 Black Friday Store Hours

Don’t forget to check out my 2009 Black Friday post and my 2010 Black Friday posts for my past Black Friday shopping plans and favorite websites. I read through them and both still absolutely apply!

Based on the stores listed by Black Friday 2011, I sorted the stores by open hours (a LOT of stores are opening their doors at midnight this year!!) so that you can strategically forgo sleep and pace yourself like I plan to from midnight to 10am (at which point the major deals are mostly over…)

After spending one year fighting Kohl’s website outages (let’s performance test people!!) I have been paranoid about doing all my shopping online. Where do you plan on shopping?  The list of over 40 stores below link to their Black Friday newspaper ad.

*I’ll update this list the week of Black Friday with more stores and store hours!

2011 Black Friday Store Hours



iPhone App:


Black Friday Store Ad
Black Friday Hours
Bealls 12am
Best Buy 12am
GameStop 12am
Little Tikes 12am
Macy’s 12am
Old Navy 12am
Shopko 12am
Walmart 12am
Toys R Us (Holiday Express) 12am-10pm most stores
Target 12am-11pm
Kohl’s 12am-12am (open 24 hrs)
Sears 4am-1pm
Avenue 5am
Fred’s Super Dollar 5am
Gordman’s 5am
Lowe’s 5am
Michael’s 5am
Sam’s Club 5am
A.C. Moore 5am-10pm
Babies R Us 5am-10pm
Electronics Expo 5am-10pm
Burlington Coat Factory 5am-11pm
Radio Shack 6:30am
Five Below 6am
Jo-Ann 6am
Office Max 6am
Tractor Supply Company 6am
Gander Mountain 6am-10pm
Fashion Bug 8am-9pm
Walgreens 9am-6pm
La-Z-Boy 9am-9pm
Bon-Ton Sale hours: 12am-1pm
JC Penney Sale Hours: 4am-1pm
Kmart Sale hours: 5am-11am
Sports Authority Sale Hours: 5am-3pm
Menards Sale hours: 6am-11am
Cabela’s Sale: 5am-10am
Dick’s Sporting Goods Sale: 5am-2pm
Bass Pro Shops Sale: 6am-11am


2011 President’s Day Sales and Coupons

Ready to shop until you drop? Check out the 44 printable coupons and promotional codes for in-store and online savings at your favorite retailers! Hurry thought because more expire at the end of President’s Day although a couple don’t for a couple days, weeks!

Let me know if you’re looking for something in particular, it looks like a great time to do a little retail therapy!

Retailer Discount Promo Code Expires
presidents day sale - hancock fabric Printable President’s Day Coupon, 8am-12pm ETNZF 02/21/11
presidents day sale - walgreens Online, save $10 Off a $60 Purchase PRESIDENT10 02/26/11
presidents day sale - gap 44 styles already marked up to 44% off; save an additional 30% w/promo code GAPSALE30 02/21/11
presidents day sale - petco 20% OFF Sitewide; free shipping >$65 president65 02/22/11
presidents day sale - old navy Everything 50% off Sale; in-store printable coupon here ($10 off $50 purchase) 02/27/11
presidents day sale - ann taylor loft 25% Off Your Full-Price Purchase; Free shipping on all orders $125 or more PRESIDENT 02/21/11
presidents day sale - perry ellis Save 35% Off Your Entire Purchase; Free Shipping >$50 PRESIDENT35 02/21/11
presidents day sale - l.l. bean 15% off your Entire Purchase (online & in-store) THINKSPRING 02/21/11
presidents day sale - hp $30 Off a $150 Purchase LHD30 04/30/11
presidents day sale - justice Extra 40% off entire order (in-store,and online) 733 02/21/11
presidents day sale - new york and company $30 Off $75, $70 Off $150 + Free Shipping 3306 ($30 off $75)

3303 ($70 off $150)

presidents day sale - the children's place $5 Select Styles + 30% off already reduced items (Online + In-Store); free shipping >$50 FSPRESIDENTS 02/21/11
presidents day sale - borders 33% off List Price of 1 item BAX3447N 02/21/11
presidents day sale - land's end 20% off Everything; Free shipping on orders $50 or more PDAY11 & PIN 2162 02/21/11
presidents day sale - hot topic Extra 50% off clearance (online & in-store) 02/21/11
presidents day sale - tommy hilfiger An Additional 30% Off Sale Items 02/21/11
presidents day sale - old navy $5 Off your purchase of $25 or more (in-store only) 02/21/11
presidents day sale - restaurant.com 70% off Gift Certificates EAT 02/21/11
presidents day sale - american eagle outfitters 20% off Entire order & Free Ship + $10 off Button down shirts (Online) 29864001 02/21/11
presidents day sale - michaels 20% Off Entire Purchase plus 6 more coupons; 40% any one item 2/22-2/26 02/21/11, varies this week
presidents day sale - william sonoma hom Extra 25% Off All Sale Merchandise PRESIDENT25 02/22/11
presidents day sale - old navy 15% Off $50, 20% Off $75 (Online + In-Store) ONPDAY 02/21/11
 presidents day sale - american apparel 15% off Select Items makeover 02/21/11
presidents day sale - victoria's secret Extra 20% Off Clearance Boots, Coats & Sweaters 20SHOP 02/20/11
presidents day sale - banana republic Extra 25% Off Alreay Reduced Items BRPRES25 02/21/11
presidents day sale - nautica 30% off your entire order CHIEF30 02/21/11
presidents day sale - pier 1 imports $10 Off a $50 Purchase (In-Store) 02/21/11
presidents day sale - ralph lauren Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store – 20% Off Your Entire Purchase 02/21/11
presidents day sale - ann taylor loft 25% Off Your Full-Price Purchase; Free shipping on all orders $125 or more PRESIDENT 02/21/11
presidents day sale - pottery barn Extra 15% off all clearance items SAVE15 02/21/11
presidents day sale - j. crew 20% Off Women’s Items on Orders of $150+ FABFEB 02/21/11
presidents day sale - big lots 20% Off Entire Purchase 03/06/11
presidents day sale - rack room shoes 20% off $60 02/21/11
presidents day sale - sports authority $10 off $50 or $25 off $100 SAPRES10E 02/21/11
presidents day sale - aerie $10 Off a $40 Purchase 28264592 02/21/11
presidents day sale - new york and company $25 Off $75 or more (Online + In-Store) 5521 02/21/11
presidents day sale - macy's Extra 10-15% Off Regular, Sale, & Clearance (Online + In-Store) PRESIDENT 02/21/11
presidents day sale - ann taylor Extra 40% off Entire store 02/21/11
presidents day sale - the limited 20% Off Any Purchase; $15 Off Every $50 Purchase (Online + In-Store) 664; 241
presidents day sale - office depot $10 Off $50 (Online & In Store) 62601225 02/21/11
presidents day sale - guess 50% Off Sale Items + Free Shipping 02/21/11
presidents day sale - barnes & noble 20% Off Online Price for Kids’ and Teen Books A8T7C7M 02/21/11

Best Wedding Registries Offers

Congratulations! You’re getting married! Stores want to reward that as well! By taking the time to create registries in their stores or on their websites, here are some popular ways retailers want to help celebrate your wedding:

1 – Bonus gifts: If you register for a certain number of items, certain items from specific brands, etc. you’ll get gift cards or freebies! If your gifts spend a combined $200 you’ll get a $20 gift certificate (from JCPenny)! Register at Bloomingdale’s for $200 worth of Emeril Cookware and get a 2 piece set of Ramekins, valued at $39.99!

2 – Discounts for Guests: Kohl’s hit it out of the park, not only do they offer FREE announcement cards to slip into wedding invitations but they also offer wedding guests a 15% discount for purchasing items on registry! To me this is a no brainer.

3 – Discount Post-wedding: After the dust has settled from the wedding, the newlyweds are offered discounts ranging from 10-20% off the remaining items. Most post-nuptial discounts are offered through email notifications; make sure you watch out for them. Some are offered regardless of time, some expire after a month to the first year.

4 – Gift Card and other Freebies: Some companies offer $25 gift cards just for creating the registry. JCPenny also offers a free engagement portrait. Lots of retailers offer online wedding tools, free printable planners, magazine subscriptions, and other benefits.

5 – Mingle and Scan: Macy’s and a couple other companies offer events throughout the year where engaged couples can come for an evening of FREE drinks and refreshments while scanning their registry with other smitten couples.

6 – Mobile Apps: Some stores offer mobile versions of their sites or mobile apps for quick updates, checking on registries.

These were the most important aspects to notice about gift registries that I found. It’s pretty standard to offer the tools/online resources so I didn’t include the links to those. The images are links to the wedding registry home page for each retailer. Happy Scanning! Let me know if you find any others!

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for ALL your favorite retailers, restaurants, and travel sites with your anniversary. You’ll get more freebies and gift certificates then! 😀

Retailer Benefits Discounts Post Wedding Other Special Offers
Crate & Barrel Wedding Registry Bonus Gifts – register for specific items for additional freebies, list here. The Completion Certificate gives you two separate opportunities to acquire the remaining gifts on your registry for 10% less (once in-store/online).
Pottery Barn Wedding Registry
  • FREE announcement cards
  • Tuesday night registry workshops
10% off remaining items in registry

  • Add desired items registry after wedding
  • Doesn’t expire until 6 months after wedding
Traveler’s Joy is an online honeymoon registry. Friends and family visit your page and use their credit card to give a gift toward part or all of your trip.
Bottle Notes Wine Wedding Registry Sign up and create your own unique registry full of amazing wines. Email registry@bottlenotes.com after your wedding for 10% off all wine purchases.
Belk Wedding Registry $25 gift card for registering 10% off purchases + 2 events w/ 20% off in the first year (no brand exclusion)

  • 0% financing first year for purchases over $300
michael c fina Wedding Registry Offer the choice of either:

  • Traditional Registry – gifts are mailed within 2-3 days
  • Consolidated Registry – gifts aren’t mailed until requested, if you no longer desire item, exchange before item is shipped
  • 15% completion discount
  • Registry Rewards program – rewards if purchases from your registry exceed certain amounts
jcpenney wedding registry
  • $25 gift certificate w/ registries values $2500+
  • Registry Rewards program
  • FREE wedding portrait just for registering
  • Free wedding organizer
10% off remaining items in registry for up to a year!
REI wedding registry
  • Option of selecting pre- and post-event shipping addresses for gifts
Macy's wedding registry $100 giftcard from reward points program

  • Points from purchases made and gifts received
Search for local events to like this one 1/26/2011 at Macy’s La Cantera

  • FREE refreshments, drinks, and gift
  • Free monogramming
  • Bonus gifts program
  • Registry guide
  • Test drive table settings app
10% off remaining items in registry for up to 6 months after wedding date
Lenox wedding registry 10% off items purchased from store (on registry or not…) for 6 months after wedding
Williams Sonoma Registry
  • Request announcement cards for invitations
  • Vendor offers if you register for certain items
  • Facebook app
Bed Bath & Beyond Wedding Registry
  • Additional gifts if guests purchase certain items
  • Free announcement cards by request
  • Refer a friend, $25 a friend
  • Bridal book
Completion discount (amount unmentioned) once online and once in a store – anytime up to three months after your event.
Kohl's Wedding Registry 15% off remaining items on registry for up to 3 months after wedding Guests receive 15% off entire purchase
Sear's Wedding Registry
  • Give gifts as a group of people
Dillard's Wedding Registry
  • 20% off the remaining regular priced items in registry, 60 days after wedding, for 2 months
Target Wedding Registry
  • Welcome Kit
Tiffany & Co Wedding Registry

2011 Day After Christmas Sales

Last year I wrote a Day After Christmas Sales post on my blog and got over 1500 visitors that day after Christmas. Here are the deals, sales, and coupons I found for 2011 to start the post-Christmas, ready to save money season off right. As I find more deals I’ll add them to this post, check back frequently! 😀

*Post-Christmas is one of the BEST times to buy large electronics and appliances…just saying…

Crabtree & EvelynTicket now after christmas couponHancock Fabric Christmas After Christmas SaleRestaurant.com couponRed Box blu-ray couponCafe Press christmas couponhalf price books saledillards after christmas saleJCPenney After Christmas SaleSaks Fifth Avenue after christmas salenordstrom after christmas salebig lots after christmas sale

Retailer Promo Code Description
Dillard’s Sale and Clearance items in-store and online
Macy’s HOLIDAY Extra 15% off, FREE shipping w/ purchases > $99
Kohl’s HOHOHO15 Extra 15% off, FREE shipping w/ purchases > $75
Party City PCTCYM FREE next day air, > $65; 50% off New Year supplies
Big Lots Clearance, holiday sales, 20% off w/ initial email sign up!
Saks Fifth Avenue instore and online, prices increase online 12/27 and instore 12/26 at noon.
Nordstrom instore and online, double reward points and savings start 12/26 at 8am
JCPenney SHOP4FUN $10 off $25 purchase, 12/26-12/27; 75% off clearance and seasonal items
Café Press MYNEW $10 off iphone & iPad cases
Half Price Books 20% off ENTIRE purchases 12/26-12/29
Red Box BETTERINBLU 1st Blu-Ray is only $1!
Restaurant.com HOLIDAY $25 gift certificate for $2
Hancock Fabrics Online exclusives on 12/25
Tickets Now HOLIDAY10 10% off ALL tickets
Avelle 50GIFT 50% off all in-stock rentals, expires 12/26
Crabtree & Evelyn 25% off storewide plus $10 hand therapy
GAP LBKVWFXN8R4X 20% off ENTIRE purchases 12/25
Urban Outfitters 50% off in-store purchase, 12/26-27!
Anthropologie 25% off sale items


Up to 70% off!
New York and Company 6322 Up to 70% off w/ an extra 20% off, today!
Borders BRW9132V 25% off entire purchase, today ONLY!
Ann Taylor Loft HOLIDAY 40% off entire purchase today and tomorrow
GIVEMP3S $2 in MP3 Downloads
Express 9877; 9882 $75 off $250 purchase! 12/25-12/27

Added 12/26/2011:

Brooks Brothers – save up to 40% off
Golf Galaxy – additional 25% off (WINTERSALE)
Crate & Barrel – up to 60 % off
Bed Bath & Beyond – 50% off
Newegg – tons of electronics on sale
Sephora – extra 20% off (EXTRA)
Puma – semi-annual sale, 40% off