Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Festivities and Deals

Wow, where de heck did the time go?!  I really can't believe it is Thanksgiving week already!

It seems like I'm late with my annual holiday post, with all the stores having their decorations up weeks ago and deals already in progress.

I've seen lots of folks following suit and decorating early as well, which I'm cool with.  If you're going to spend all that effort to decorate for the season, might as well get to enjoy it for longer.  Let's not let it linger for months into the new year though, not pointing any fingers here...MOM...

Anyheu...Let's kick things off with a huge listing of holiday TV shows and movies!

Holiday TV Show / Movie Listings

That is a pretty great list with shows listed for every single day between Nov 26th and Dec 26th!

When it comes to shopping, I really despise dealing with the crowds, traffic and frustrations of going to a store and either not finding what you're looking for or finding that all the good things are already sold out.  Then it's back home to shop online, which I should have just done in the first place!

This year I'm going to try and remember this and shop 100% online, except maybe for the smaller stocking stuffer type things.  I think I will be MUCH happier and have better results that way as well, we'll see how it goes!

Amazon Holiday Deals

Amazon is definitely my go to place and they have some great deal pages I've been checking daily, which I will include here so that you have them all in one place.  They already kicked off an entire week of Black Friday deals and they will also be having a Cyber Monday week all of next week as well. 

Best Selling Products - Updated Every Hour

Hot New Releases - Updated Every Hour

Top Gift Ideas

Most Wished For Items

Top Rated Products

New Deals. Everyday. Handpicked By Editors

And now is the perfect time to sign-up for an Amazon Prime free 30 day trial as well.  If you do so, you'll get free 2 day shipping on everything you buy between now and Christmas day, in addition to unlimited streaming of movies and TV, similar to Netflix and access to the Amazon Kindle lending library as well.  

Black Friday Ad Scans

The go to spot for Black Friday ad scans is  You can either use the browse button to scroll through to the store you're interested in or just search in the box at the top.  Another very handy feature on that site is that you can choose deals by category.   You can select TVs for example and within that category you can search for specific brand names and can sort the results by price. 

On the individual store pages on that site, they also list when the sale starts.  For instance, the sale at Best Buy starts at 6pm on Thanksgiving day, while the Kolh's sale begins at 8pm on Thanksgiving day.  It seems there is no more waiting until Black Friday, with Thanksgiving being so late this year, the stores need to get those sales in sooner.

Additional Tip

In addition to all the great deals online, another benefit to purchasing online is that you can usually get additional cash back by shopping through the website of your credit card company.

Discover for example has a 'Shop Discover' site where you can browse through the various companies, click on the store BEFORE you make any purchases and then you will get an additional cash back credit of between 5-20%.

If your credit card does not offer that option, you can do the same thing by going to the Fat Wallet holiday cash back page, sign up for an account and click the store BEFORE making any purchases.  Many stores are offering additional cash back bonuses for the holidays.

Hope you enjoyed this year's edition of the holiday deals and festivities and hope you all have a nice short work week or perhaps the whole week off and get to enjoy the time with family and friends!

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah to all the Jewish peeps out there as well!


Jen said...

Although we have started decorating, I am behind (once again) in brainstorming gifts (homemade and reg.) Don't think we'll be venturing out shopping in MS this year (not much to choose from) so turkey turkey turkey it is.

Chris said...

Sounds like a good plan to me!

Mock family said...

I signed up for prime trial last week and I am LOVING it
Everything I've ordered has arrived the next day! And that's after placing the order at 3pm

Chris said...

Yeah, that is pretty sweet. I'm going to try and sign up again as well. I think I did that a few years ago, but I believe you can do it multiple times. Woot!

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