Happy Black Friday, friends! But it’s only Wednesday, you say? I know, I know but a lot of the online retailers are taking the madness to the max this year and some of them are even starting BEFORE THANKSGIVING… right this very minute, in fact.
I actually kinda dig it.
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I can get my shopping out of the way so I don’t have to wake up early and scramble for those big savings on Friday.
And this year, just like the retailers, I’ve got a shiny new plan too! I’m going to be smarter about my Black Friday shopping strategy- I’m looking to save on both gifts AND big items I’ve been eyeing for our family all year.
Now is the time to save huge on a few big purchases instead of chipping away at discounts on smaller priced items!
The mega list of pre-sales that follows is broken into two parts:
- Major Savings at the Big Box Stores (mainly, Walmart- my store of choice since discovering a few years ago that Amazon has seriously slipped in their offerings and hardly ever offers the best deals anymore).
- Lesser-Known But Huge Discounts I want to make sure you know about!
Part 1: Other Deals You Should Definitely Consider Today
$25 off with this link
Speaking of looking cute. Raise your hand if you need some cute stuff to wear for holiday parties, holiday pictures, the actual holidays this year.
Yeah, me too… and so do my kids!
But I hate shopping (and I just don’t have time!). Which is why I’ve already turned to tried-and-true Stitch Fix to help get me ready for the season. And, why I’m about to do the same for my kids using their new kids’ boxes (hooray!)
I love the ease of this subscription box AND how easy it is to return anything I don’t love for free. It’s completely me saved me from the dreaded mall this year.
$200 off with Code: HOLIDAYGIFT
Remember how I said today is the best time to save big on those big purchases you’ve been thinking about all year? I didn’t just mean stuff like a washer and dryer.
Think outside the box and you can save a lot of money today! Case in point, this offer for $200 off the wildly popular Smile Direct Club.
Like many of you, I suffered through years of braces when I was a kid- only to have my bottom teeth shift on me once my “permanent” retainer broke off years ago.
This Christmas I’m gifting myself a beautiful smile (and the confidence that comes with it!).
#3 Menlo Club
$20 for your first box instead of $60!
Menlo is a subscription box I’ve been dying to get my husband to try. Because, let’s face it, he’s cute… but the t-shirts he’s been wearing for the last 10 years? Not so much.
My favorite part about this men’s clothing subscription box is that it lets you pick from 4 style profiles: Classic, Casual, Mix and Forward. My husband is definitely a “mix”. He likes comfort but also doesn’t want to look sloppy.
The box only ships the higher-end labels Five Four, Grand AC, or New Republic, which is why the price for an average of 2 items per month is normally $60.
Today, though, the price is 66% off– meaning you can get the men in your life TWO very impressive gifts for only 20 bucks!
Part 2: Those Big Box Store Mega Deals
8 Quart XL size $70 off- Was $
269, Now $199
6.5 Quart size $70 off – Was $
229, Now $149
The air fryer is definitely this year’s Instant Pot but if you somehow missed that boat on that kitchen marvel a few years ago or, you’re a die-hard and want to level up to the extra large model Instant Pot, than this 2-in-1 beauty is for you.
Save on counter space and get just about every quick cooking method known to man with this combo air fryer/pressure cooker from Ninja (the beloved maker of my favorite smoothie blender which- yes- is also on sale for over $100 off right now).
This bad boy has all the air fryer benefits listed above but the XL version can also fry up a 7lb chicken to feed the whole family.
Plus, it has all the abilities we know and love from pressure cookers- use it as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, even as a dehydrator. This thing is the biggest workhorse you can have in your kitchen.
$30 off – Was $
159, Now $129
If you’re sick of picking between charging your iphone or plugging in your headphones, today is the day to upgrade. Of course, that’s not the only reason to go wireless. Powered by the new Apple H1 headphone chip, AirPods now feature:
- hands-free access to Siri using just your voice
- up to 3 hours of talk time on a single charge
- seamless switching between devices
- quick charging in the case
- double tap to play or skip forward
At the lowest price ever offered, these are also my go-to present for anyone you’re having trouble figuring out a gift for– an all around crowd pleaser.
$100 Off – Was $
279, Now $179
A cord-free Dyson stick vacuum is often on the top of everyone’s Christmas list and Black Friday is usually the best time to score an amazing deal like this one. Honestly, I’ve never seen a price so low.
The convenience of having this baby mounted in an area of your house that gets a lot of traffic can not be overstated.
I got one last year and use it to clean up our kitchen and mudroom every single day. And I use it as a hand vacuum to quickly clean my chairs and stairs all the time too. One of the best purchases I’ve ever made.
$40 off – Was $
189, Now $148.99
Another item I’ve pretty much been eyeing all year but willing myself to wait for Black Friday to buy. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that food waste drives me nuts! Not only is it a HUGE waste of money but it’s also terrible for the environment.
The feature I love about this particular model is that it lets use glass containers and/or to make custom size bags, cutting down on waste even more.
Reviews like this one have me totally sold on this FoodSaver:
Received this as a birthday gift from my wonderful brother. Absolutely love it. Using it to vacuum seal lettuce and other veggies in 1/2gallon mason jars. It’s been two weeks, lettuce is still green and fresh. AMAZING! Leave FoodSaver on my countertop and using it daily with zipper vacuum seal/reseal bags to store cheese, lunch meat, etc. Have vacuum sealed and frozen, sausage, bacon, and chicken, I can see where food willl stay fresh longer and save us money. Love it and would recommend it for any size family.
$40 off – Was $
189, Now $149
Speaking of reducing food costs, I’ve always wanted a deep freezer in the garage to store bulk meat purchases from Costco but I just couldn’t find the room.
The footprint of this super popular chest freezer is smaller and will work perfectly in our space. It’s got a ton of great reviews and will finally let me have the extra freezer space I’ve been dreaming of for our family of 5!
Special Deal at $69
If you don’t wanna go the pressure cooker/air fryer combo route… there are also a few things I really love about this particular air fryer (which appears to be a Walmart exclusive).
First, it flips up and stores away to drastically reduce counter space usage – amazing!
Second, it’s SERIOUSLY multi-functional. Not only is it a much coveted air fryer (which I will be using to make myself healthier chicken wings on the regular), it’s also has 6 other functions including:
- And even bagel
This is a revelation for me because it means my kids can quickly and easily make themselves hot food without having to deal with the big hot oven (and it uses less energy). Score!
Oh, and the reason air fryers are so uber popular right now? This baby cooks up to 60% faster than a traditional oven and uses up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods… so there’s that.
$132 Off – Was $
329, Now $197
My neighbor got a Roomba vacuum for her birthday from her hubby and swears it’s one of the best gifts she’s ever gotten! A year later I went in for a robot vacuum too and LOVED it… until it stopped working. My fatal mistake was trying to save a few dollars and not go with the Roomba brand name that everyone knows, loves and trusts.
I won’t make that mistake again and, at this price, you won’t have to! You can get the brand name for the same price as the knock-offs.
I’m especially loving that it’s specifically geared toward picking up pet hair– a big must in my house- and is even Alexa compatible.
$180 off – Was $
369, Now $189
I think this extra large trampoline sounds kinda genius… and hundreds of reviewers agree. Decked out with the standard safety nets and coming in at a roomy 14 feet (important so kids aren’t knocking their heads together), this trampoline also has a super cool game built in.
The spider-shaped targets attach to the enclosure poles, creating a fun way for kids to jump and practice their accuracy. With a round handheld shooter, kids can point, aim and shoot at the targets while jumping on the trampoline. Each time they hit the target, the auto counter will score each hit!
Tons of my neighbors have trampolines and my kids literally spend hours on them each week burning off excess energy- even in the rain!
At nearly 50% off, this is a major steal with a ton of value.
$50 off – Was $
249, Now $199
A Power Wheels is another one of those things I never thought I would buy for my kids… until I did. And then I wondered why I ever doubted spending the money.
Yes, they’re expensive (although this one is a stellar price for a 2-seater), but they also get used A LOT. And, even better, they keep my kids asking to go play outside.
I’d much rather spend the money on something that keeps them in the fresh air than on another plastic monstrosity that’s going to take up precious space in my house!
$949 off! – Was $
1748.75, Now $799
Talk about a Wow! gift for Christmas this year- this play set is nearly $1,000 off! And it’s got a ton of play value packed into that amazing price.
Not only is there a two-story playhouse, swings, lots of cute dramatic play accessories and TWO slides, this one also gets high praise for the quality of the cedar and swing set materials.
We have a similar set in our backyard and it’s an absolute Godsend for playdates and helping my kids get their energy out. Cannot recommend enough if you have the budget.
$110 off – Was $
249, Now $139
If a full play set isn’t quite in the budget this year, this adorable wooden playhouse is another great option for getting the kids outside to play.
Reviewers praise the high-quality of the premium cedar wood, which is naturally resistant to rot and insects, as well as the high play value of the pass-through open windows, working door and decorative flower boxes.
Plus, it’s a great deal at over $100 off!
Special Bundle Buy $50 off: Was $
349, Now $299
We caved a couple years ago and bought my oldest son an Xbox One S (also on sale right now for $100 off) but, I gotta say, I’ve kinda kicked myself ever since for not going with the Switch instead.
There’s a lot of cool things about this particular gaming console, not the least of which is the ability to switch from something you play on the TV to something you play on the go AND with multiple player (So Incredibly Great for Traveling!).
But the big thing I didn’t realize at the time was that Nintendo just makes games that are a lot more fun for families. Where the other gaming consoles are geared more toward adult players, the Switch has all kinds of games geared towards younger kids that adults will also love playing… My favorite being Mariokart which just happens to be included in this awesome bundle.
#12 Apple Products on Big Discounts
Apple iPad – 10.2 Inch, Wi-Fi 32 GB
$80 off – Was $
329, Now $249
Great sales on two of the most popular apple products around- what more is there to say? Only this, I’ve messed around with non-ipad tablets for my kids in the past, including the Amazon kindle fire, and I’ve lived to regret it.
They never have enough storage, they’re glitchy… the experience just basically sucks.
Save yourself the grief and nab an iPad for your kids (or yourself) at this amazing price!
$70 off – Was $
199, Now $129
With this huge discount, you can afford to gift the always-super-crowd-pleasing Apple Watch to somebody special this year!
#13 Go Pro Hero 7
$60 off – Was $
199, Now $139
This is just about the gold standard in gifting for men. Every guy I’ve met universally loves him a Go Pro. Don’t question it- this is an amazing price– just get it for the dudes on your list and move on with your life!
$130 off – Was $
528, Now $398
I couldn’t wrap up Part 1 of this guide without including the ultimate Black Friday TV deal! At a whopping 65” this Smart TV is 4K Ultra HD and an incredible deal.
It also gets great reviews… And did I mention, it’s a 65 inch TV for under $400?!
That’s my list of the best pre-Black Friday sales being offered today- hope you found something good! I’ll be back a couple times this weekend to let you know about new sales as they pop up!
Until then, as always, thanks so much for your time and support,
P.S. I mentioned at the top of this email that I make a small affiliate fee when you buy these items through my links… I know you have lots of places you can go to find Black Friday deals so I wanted to offer you a gift for choosing to shop through me.
If you purchase any of the Walmart or Target sale items through my links above (Sorry, I’m not legally allowed to extend a bonus for StitchFix, Smile Direct, or Menlo), I’ll send you a free copy of my ebook, Freezy Peasy: Freezer Cooking Made Easy.
Just forward a screenshot of your receipt to [email protected] and I’ll email it straight to you… December is such a busy month for us all, my hope is it will make dinner one less think you’ll have to worry about.