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Black Friday Shopping Tips

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Black Friday Shopping Tips

Hello! Yesterday we discussed some tips and tricks to help get you prepared for Thanksgiving, which means that it’s time to talk about Black Friday shopping today. Black Friday is going to look different this year with COVID-19 still being so prevalent so it’s important to have a game plan to safely and successfully complete your shopping. Let’s get to it:

Do Your Research:

Lots of major retailers are no longer going to be open on Thanksgiving evening which I think is great. Or, some of the shops might not be open period due to COVID. When you’re planning your shopping route, make sure you consult the websites of your favorite stores to see when they are open, if at all, so you don’t end up at a store that’s closed.

Don’t forget to look into the COVID precautions of where you’re going too. They might be limiting the amount of people allowed in the store and masks could be needed for entry. Pack a couple of extra masks with you and dress in warm layers in case you have to wait outside of the store until you can go in.

Sign Up For Rewards Programs:

So many different stores have rewards programs that you can sign up for to save money and this is something that you can usually do online. If the stores you’re going to offers a rewards program, it never hurts to sign up for it. Some stores might be offering special Black Friday deals specifically for those who are part of their rewards club. This might include early or prolonged access to Black Friday deals and an extra percentage off of your purchase.

Check Out Cyber Monday:

In many cases, you don’t have to step foot in a store to get great post Thanksgiving deals. Due to COVID, many retailers are probably going to be offering the same deals online as they are in store. If you prefer to stay home and aren’t seeing any sales online on Black Friday, hold off until Cyber Monday. Monday is, traditionally, the day when you can save a bundle with your online shopping so don’t fret if you aren’t seeing what you would like to buy on promotion immediately.

Don’t Forget Small Business Saturday:

It is always important to support your local businesses, especially now more than ever. Your favorite local boutiques, eateries, and storefronts are sure to be offering great deals on Small Business Saturday. This is an amazing way to pick out unique gifts for those on your shopping list (Or yourself!) and give back to the small business owners in your area.

Safety First:

We have already discussed looking into the COVID precautions for Black Friday and now we will be talking about a different kind of safety. No matter how good the deal, nothing is worth getting into a fight over! If this should happen to you, just let it go for your safety’s sake. And, please, if you see anyone hurt or who has fallen: HELP THEM.

Whether you’re shopping Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday, use the tips above for maximum efficiency and maximum savings!

Do you participate in any of the mentioned shopping days? What is the best deal you have gotten if so? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Lil Red Shopping Tips: Freebie Style!

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Lil Red Shopping Tips: Freebie Style!

Heyyy everyone and happy Tuesday! So I don’t know about you but I LOVE getting freebies! In my personal opinion the two best places to stock up on free giveaways are Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works…Let me tell you why!

Victoria’s Secret: I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of free panties I’ve racked up from VS thanks to being an Angel Card holder and being on their email and mailing list. Every three to four weeks I’ll get a coupon packet in the mail from VS with a free panty coupon, ten dollars off a bra, and a free gift if you spend a certain amount of money. I’ve only received freebies via email a few times, but what I like about being on the VS emailing list is that I get to know about certain sales before the store shoppers. This is especially nice when the semi-annual sale is happening! I also receive the VS catalog in the mail as well which often will have the same coupons that I get as an Angel Card holder. That’s two or more free panties a month which is twenty-four dollars or more in savings! I like the sound of that! So there are three major ways that you can rack up on the free gifts and giveaways from VS:

  • 1) Become an Angel Card holder.
  • 2) Sign up for the VS emails for special coupon codes and sale notifications.
  • 3) Enter your name on Victoria’s Secret’s mailing list to receive their catalogs.

Usually I don’t really push credit cards, but if you like to shop at VS then I can’t recommend their Angel Card enough. With every dollar you spend on purchases you rack up points towards “Angel Rewards” gift cards, as well as a birthday gift, and hella coupons. My sister and I have received at least three hundred dollars back in gift cards within the past year which definitely helps pay for our bra obsessions! Because my sister, my mom, and myself all have an Angel Card our free panty stockpile is completely ridiculous and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

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Bath & Body Works: I’ve been receiving B&BW freebies monthly for the past half a year or so and it has been such a treat! From the few random times I’ve gone into B&BW to purchase gifts, I always made sure that I entered my email and phone number when they asked for it. Apparently, this put me on their mailing list because I began receiving coupons in the mail for a free travel sized lotion or body wash and discounts off of a purchase. Sometimes I’ve gotten extra lucky and have got coupons for a full sized item freebie! Those are the best! The awesome part about both B&BW and Victoria’s Secret is that even if you only ring up a free item at the register, they still ask you for your email or phone number so that keeps you on their mailing list. I know that constantly entering your info can get annoying BUT if you love free as much as I do then typing out an uber long or embarrassing email address is a small price to pay! I completely love receiving my lotion freebies from B&BW and really enjoy going into the store to pick out what fragrance I want for the month. A free five dollar lotion may seem petty, but hey, not paying for body care adds up…And they make wonderful little add on gifts if you end up with any travel sized swag to spare!

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You can start your shopping and saving in store or online at http://www.bathandbodyworks.com or http://www.victoriassecret.com! Panties and lotion – what more could a girl want?! 🙂

I hope all of you are having a great day so far!! What are some other stores that give away great coupons or freebies? What store would you recommend opening a credit card for? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah