Black Friday Done Right!

 
Black Friday Done Right!
 
You guys!! How is Black Friday already happening NEXT WEEK! Does it feel like it has come a little earlier than normal this year? Or is it just me??
 
I have chatted with a few of you after the coupon classes about my best secrets and tips for getting the most out of Black Friday deals. Well… I decided it was time to share these tips with EVERYONE!
 
First thing you need to know is that not everything you see advertised for Black Friday is a good deal! Remember… those ads are ADVERTISING! If you are super excited to go buy something in the ad that means those marketers have done their job and done it well!
 
Decorations!
Do not buy decorations on Black Friday unless the store does like what Target did last year where you got a $25 gift card for spending $75 on holiday decor. Otherwise… wait until AFTER the holidays and scoop up goodies for next year at up to 75% off! Such a better deal if you wait a bit.
 
Winter Clothing!
I know it seems like a perfect time to snag a nice big puffy jacket, but the best deals will arrive in JANUARY! If you NEED to get jackets for the kiddos, you might save about 50% off Black Friday which isn’t a TERRIBLE deal, but if you hang tight until after the first of the year you can grab some even better deals!
 
Fitness Equipment!
You may be tempted to get a jump on your New Year’s Resolutions, but really the big sales hit AFTER New Year’s. Don’t get sucked in just yet. Take advantage of the extra few weeks and fill up on all the sweet things!! You have my permission. 🙂
 
Furniture!
Just to keep with the theme here… New furniture is released in February, so in January furniture stores will be looking to clear some floor space. That’s a great time to pop into your favorite furniture store place and then… ask to see the old floor models or the items that have a slight flaw or imperfection. If you know your kids are going to chew the legs of a dining room table anyway, why not get one pre-chewed for a song!?
 
Toys!
Yes, toys! These are some of the most advertised items on Black Friday, but typically stores put these items on deeper discounts closer to Christmas. Again… they need to clear those shelves. You DO run the risk of stores running out of “THE” toy of the season, but hey… kids need to learn about disappointment sometime, right?! HAHA! I’m only half kidding. Plus, if you were really planning ahead, you would have scooped up some major clearance items back in July!! What? You didn’t… well… now you know how to plan for next year. 

 

Anything Outdoors-ey!
I’m not sure that’s a word, but you know what I mean. Patio furniture, grills and those sort of items. Those best deals happen around Labor Day or as soon as summer is over. Same theory as getting Christmas decorations AFTER the holiday. Summer is just one long holiday, so next summer if you want to gift a grill, buy it early and try and keep it a secret for 4 months. Good luck.
 

 

Want some great tips for snagging those best deals??
 
#1 – Do your homework!
Most retailers have their Black Friday ads out right now! Look up your favorites, Kohls, Target, Walmart, GameStop, JCPenny, Amazon, and start making your Christmas list right away! Some of these stores are offering their BF Deals right NOW! Avoid the crazy and still start saving.
 
#2 – Get there early!
Some stores may be offering an extra bonus for their first few shoppers. If you are willing to stand in line, you could snag some extra cash, rewards, or even high end products. Throw on an extra layer of clothes and you may come home with a bonus!
 
#3 – Bring a friend…or 2…or 3!
My most successful Black Friday was when I went out with four of my friends. We each had copies of each other’s lists. We started at one store, and two of us stood in line while the others quickly gathered everyone’s items. When they were brought to the front of the store, we traded places! Two of us went on to the next store even to get a head start on deals down the street. We leapfrogged our way through a fun night of savings! We were extremely tired, and cold, but all our Christmas shopping was done in one day! This is CRAZY fun, but make sure the friends you bring along have the same eye for deals that you do! 🙂
 
#4 – Bring your coupons!
Did you know that some retailers offer coupons for non-food items for Black Friday?! Check the Coupon Database for items before you head to the store.
 
#5 – Stick to your BUDGET!

 

There may be some other items that catch your eye. Beware! These items could end up breaking your budget. If you are typically an impulse shopper, then go ahead and add a few extra bucks to your budget just in case. Make sure you have planned ahead for this special day.
 
GREAT BUDGET TIP… Plan out the stores you want to shop and plan the amount you will spend at each of them. THEN check your local grocery store and see if they sell gift cards for those stores! If you have a set limit to spend at the store, then you can easily make decisions to buy or cut back. ANNNDDD…. if your grocery store offers a rewards program or gas reward program, then you can double dip on the savings!! Whoot whoot!!
 
 
SHAMELESS PIG… I mean PLUG…
If you want more fun budgeting tips like this one… tune in to my Webinar tomorrow night, November 15th at 7:00PM (eastern time) for even MORE ways to get control of your spending!

 
With your registration you will automatically receive my Ultimate Budget Planning Kit that way we can walk through it together on Thursday! Fun, right?! I will ALSO open the webinar up for a live Q&A after we have discussed the REALLY coooooolll budgeting tool I’m sending you for the low, low cost of $10 :). Not bad, right!?
This kit will be sold in my Saving Shop after the webinar, but it NOT be this low of a price!
 
 
Have fun this Black Friday!!
But remember that while these deals may be spectacular, they may not be worth giving up valuable family time. You can always find another deal, but time with loved ones is priceless!
 
I hope you have a very happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving holiday!!

 

 

Sources: 

Dealnews.com | Nerd Wallet | My Own Crazy Experiences

FREEZER MEALS – What they are and how to start a meal swapping group of your own!

IT’S FREEZER MEAL TIME!!
 
Freezer meals are quite possibly my most favorite-est thing EVER!! If you are looking to take your savings to the next level and to save yourself a ton of time in the kitchen, this newsletter is for YOU!
 
Picture this… It’s a super busy weekday night and kids have to be picked up and dropped off at 3 different locations all at the same time that you would normally be preparing dinner. Because you have so little time, you hit a drive through to quickly feed the munchkins between piano practice and wrestling (yikes) because it is quick and easy. But, then you end up spending upwards of $25 to feed the brood and well.. fast food… bleh. And, there goes your food budget for the week too, right?!
 
Instead… It is still a busy night so that morning you open your freezer to get dinner prepped. You snag a ziploc bag of deliciousness and throw the contents of the bag in the crockpot and you go about your busy day. When it gets to be crazy time that evening, you can still feed your family a yummy home-cooked meal for a fraction of the cost of that fast food meal. WINNING!!
 
 
Freezer meals are a great way to save money and TIME! By having your meals prepped and ready to go ahead of time, you can spend more time with your family and less time in the kitchen.
 
A Freezer Meal GROUP is really where the fun begins! Grab a group of friends who are all sick of wasting time planning and preparing dinners for their families. Feel free to be a little picky with who gets to be part of your group… I’m just sayin’… You will be eating food your friends have prepared. Each person prepares one meal multiple times. Then, you meet to exchange your handiwork. Everyone goes home with several different meals to fill their freezer. YUM! It’s like trick-or-treating for moms!
 
Being able to buy ingredients in bulk will help you save a ton of money! Expect to spend several hours preparing your set of meals. That is the only down side. Your kitchen will be a hot mess for a day, your back and feet will ache, and you will probably hate the idea of doing this again next month. However… it will all be worth it when you meet up on swap day and are giddy with excitement at the idea that for the next several weeks you will never have to stand in the kitchen for more than 15 minutes popping your meal in and out of the oven,crockpot, or Insta-pot!
 
Your NEW BEST FRIENDS!!
 

Here’s an example of how our group worked… Each participant chose their three favorite meals to prepare for the next 3 months. I chose a pork chop dish and prepared nine (9!) pork chop meals, one for each member of the group. I was super sick of looking at pork chops, but then came exchange day. All 9 of us met for 30 minutes to exchange meals. Each person left with a chicken pot pie dinner, a penne and cheese dinner and so many more! For a few hours of work, we each have nine completely different meals in the freezer to feed the family for almost two weeks if we really stretch it!

In the past each meal that fed 6-8 people only cost around $4.75! Having a Freezer Meal Group can save a considerable amount of money if you keep the main course under $5. You can definitely get a complete meal for under $10 for a large family!

There is so much more information on how this all works if you click on the link below and check out the listing on my site. You will get everything you need to get your group started…
 
  • Freezer Meal Group Information Sheet
  • Freezer Meal Group Workbook
  • 57 Tried and True, Morris Family Approved Recipes
 
For real!! All of that! AND….
 
Until November 12th this listing is only $5!!! Snag it QUICK!!
 
I can’t wait to hear how many of you jump on the Freezer Meal Train!! It will seriously change your life!
 

CLICK HERE FOR FREEZER MEAL GROUP KIT!