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Thankful for businesses NOT open on Thanksgiving!!!

As a follow up to my rant from Sunday regarding stores opening on Thanksgiving for Black Friday sales, I give you a quick list of retailers that have decided family and friends are more important than a few extra dollars in sales. While I boycott the bad retailers, I look forward to spending my holiday money at these stores posted below!  And bestill my heart, its mostly the awesome discount retailers that I love oh so much that are saying NO.

Gobble Gobble!

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ROSS DRESS FOR LESS
BED, BATH, AND BEYOND
TJ MAXX
MARSHALLS
HOME GOODS
RADIO SHACK
JOANN’S
HOBBY LOBBY
REI
SPORTS CHALET
COSTCO
NORDSTROM
HOME DEPOT
OSH
LOWE’S

 

As with the bad list, please let me know of other retailers staying closed on Thanksgiving day so we can keep people informed of better alternatives to shop!

No Thanksgiving For You!

It really pisses me off that retailers have infected us with opening on Thanksgiving to kick off Black Friday.

I love deals just as much as anyone, but quite honestly I never got the hype of Black Friday. Maybe it’s because I don’t have kids or a big family to shop for. Maybe it’s because I hate crowds. Yeah, it is definitely because I hate crowds. I usually roll into Target and the like around 10am on Black Friday when most of the chaos has died down, but I still score $5 dvds! And in peace!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love to cook and relax and enjoy friends and family. Large retailers are stealing that away from us. If you work retail, you end up missing out on enjoying YOUR friends and family. If you are a deal finding freak, YOU are leaving the comforts of home for a $99 tv.

Let’s not perpetuate the problem.turkey

I have decided any stores that are opening on Thanksgiving Day/night will not be getting my business from the moment I catch wind they will be open until after New Years. They will not receive a single dollar from me over their most important quarter of the year. Want to join me? Let’s spread the word. Maybe if enough people stop supporting them the retailers will stop opening on Thanksgiving. It’s a pipedream, but worth a try!

Who’s opening on Thanksgiving? I have started a list. Please post any you hear of too, please!!! And share this post eatly and often! I will update the list regularly.

Join me, won’t you?

WALMART
TARGET
KOHL’S
OLD NAVY
TOYS R US
KMART
JC PENNEY
BEST BUY
STAPLES
SEARS
MICHAEL’S
MACY’S
DOLLAR GENERAL
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS
BASS PRO SHOPS
OFFICE DEPOT

Black Friday is for the overstuffed birds.

Y’all are hopefully realizing, whether you want to or not, that I love coupons.  And deals.  And put them both together, and it’s an orgasmic experience for me.  Ah hem, excuse me, it’s been a while…

So you may find this shocking… I loathe all things Black Friday.  The reason is three-fold:  I hate crowds.  HATE them.  I love my sleep.  I mean really, getting up at 2am to get in line to go shopping?  Meh.  Lastly, I always work the Friday after Thanksgiving, so it’s really all moot.

I DID however, find this year, sneaky ways to save some money and avoid the crowds.

The first thing has to be if you do not have a Target REDcard, you need to get one.  Now!  You can either apply for a credit card, or get their debit version that is tied directly into your checking account.  I opted for the debit card because I like to only spend what I have, not use credit. The first advantage of this card is you get 5% off every purchase at Target as well as 5% off AND free shipping online.  And if you have one of their pharmacy reward cards where you earn 5% off Target coupons, you can use that AND the REDcard combined. Yippie!

So there I am, in my jammies, sipping my coffee early Thanksgiving morning.  I had seen the Black Friday ad Target had previewed the week before and I really wanted to get a new coffee maker for the office.  So I decide to see if the same deal might be available online. It was.  On Thanksgiving morning, before the crazy chaos cooking commenced, I ordered the fancy coffee maker at the Black Friday price with the bonus $30 gift card, 5% off and free shipping.  All without even a shower. Woo!

Fast forward to yesterday.  I had been hanging onto this 20% off coupon good only at Target, only off a KitchenAid or Keurig product.  Which is odd because I do not need either of these things, and I NEVER hold onto coupons I do not need.  But this close to the holidays I figured SOMEONE could probably use it so I clipped it.  Well my mother managed to break her 30 year old cheap Sunbeam mixer on Thanksgiving morning whilst making pumpkin pie.   The woman rarely cooks or bakes, but she made a comment to my dad that now she could get a KitchenAid mixer like mine.  Eh?  You don’t ever cook and  you need the Holy Grail of kitchen appliances? (Seriously, Google Holy Grail of kitchen appliances, and about a dozen images of KitchenAid mixers pop up).  But I digress…

In an effort to help my poor clueless dad out with such a purchase, I jump online and start doing a little recon.  Low and behold, I find a KitchenAid mixer. ON SALE.  $70 off to be exact.  Plus 20% off coupon.  Plus 5% REDcard discount… You can see where I am going with this… My eyes were as wide as little Ralphie’s on Christmas morning when he got his Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!  But unlike Ralphie, I don’t have to worry about shooting my eye out, and off to Target I went.  On Sunday evening.  With only a handful of people in the store.  No one in line. In and out in 5 minutes.

Boo-ya!

Is boo-ya still a thing?  If not, this is the day to bring it back.  I kicked some mediocre at best ass, and couldn’t be more happy with myself.

Side note: Since I am new to this whole blog thing, I should probably point out that I do talk about products and brands, espcially when it comes to my couponing.  But the opinions are all my own.  No one hooks me up with any discounts or deals for mentioning them.  If they did, I would be absolutely sure to tell you, because that would be pretty flipping rad!

Birthday Freebie Challenge Complete!

I briefly mentioned a while back that I had been given a challenge by a friend to see how many freebies I could possibly get for my birthday.

In case you don’t want to read that post here, this is a quick summary:

  • I love love love deals and coupons
  • I love food, but don’t like dessert
  • I love a good challenge

Over the years I have scored some pretty good birthday freebies, but when put up for the challenge, I even signed up for places I rarely go to, just in hopes for a good deal to add to my experiment.  You’ll figure that out when you read some of the offers I received, but never cashed in.

Some are from my favorites of all time and I look forward to my freebies every year, like Starbucks and Red Robin. Yum.  Then sadly, some places that used to send you goodies, no longer do.  I’m looking at you Noah’s Bagels.

Birthday Coupon Challenge

I ended up receiving a total of 45 emails.  FORTY-FIVE! Of which I ended up cashing in on $125.87 in free food (having to spend $53.16 in the process, mostly tips).  I also ended up scoring $42.13 in free goods (spending $29.50).  Not bad if I do say so myself!  You can click the spreadsheet above for more details. ((Yes, I am an anal dork who took this challenge waaaaay too seriously, and even created a spread sheet.))

The added bonus, is most of these sites will send you deals and freebies all year long, not just for your birthday! Of course next year I’ll go back to just redeeming the ones I really love.  This year’s pig out, errrrrr enjoyment of food, was for scientific purposes of course. 😉

Happy Birthday to Me!

Over the years I have signed up for many a websites, email list, etc that offer birthday surprises.  You don’t know me all that well yet, but I *love* coupons.  I am not as savvy as those soccer moms that can find double coupon days, and stock up on 100 boxes of Cheerios, but I do fairly well.

With my birthday just over two weeks away, I decided to scour the interwebs for the possibility to add to my birthday bounty.  I *love* the birthday freebies that so many restaurants and retailers provide.  In order to plump up my booty (literally, since so many are food related) I enlisted the help of my Facebook friends to see what other places I may have missed.

In the conversation, one friend of mine said she would like to see someone actually blog about all of the offers they received, how many they actually claimed, and what was involved.  I have decided to accept this challenge!  So please, raise a fork, and follow me on my journey over the next few weeks*!

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* DISCLAIMER:  I am not a big sweet tooth.  Like at all.  I’d rather drink my dessert in the form of alcohol 😉  So any offers I get for “free dessert with purchase” I usually either don’t even bother signing up for, or won’t redeem.  Now if it is a free dessert just on it’s own merit, then we’ll talk 😉