I’ve tried to provide a sampling of sales at the non-nationwide retailers this weekend – if you have a favorite, please share!
BLACK FRIDAY (some sales continue Saturday)
Kids Dine Free – Beginning November 28 through December 2. Buy 2 KDF cards for $19.00!!! PLUS, the first 35 customers will also receive the Silly Bus’s latest CD. Visit www.KidsDineFree.net, apply the quantity of 2 to your cart, input 2 adult user names, and the code “deal” to receive this amazing deal! If you prefer 1 KDF card for six months, still apply the quantity of 2 to your cart, but input only 1 adult user name.
Flying Squirrels – Visit the Squirrels Nest at The Diamond for Black Friday! All items excluding 5th Season merchandise will be 40% OFF!!
Plato’s Closet – 30% off storewide from 8am to 11am
Strictly Soccer – Sale specials include $5 size 3 & 4 soccer balls, $5 shorts, $2 socks, 2/$20 adidas & nike training jerseys, $10 & $20 clearance shoe section PLUS BOGO 50% off on all regular priced items!
Saxon Shoes – 30% off select women’s shoes, 25% off Stride Rite, more all weekend
The Clothes Rack – 50% off storewide Friday and Saturday (2618 W. Cary Street and 6780 Forest Hill Avenue)
Disco Sports – Buy one, get one half-off storewide from 11am to 2pm on Friday, and 8am to 11am on Saturday (1400 Starling Drive)
U-Fab Fabrics – This Friday and Saturday take 40% off our clearance floor model furniture. We have several pieces recently marked down, get this very special deal while we make room for even more styles and options to choose from. Our in-stock premium down inserts are marked off 50% this weekend only! Limited stock options available, first come first serve. For this weekend only enjoy 40% off of in-stock rugs, or 20% off if you decide to special order a rug we do not have in-stock. And if none of those specials strike your fancy, Every customer will receive a gift with purchase! You will have a 1 in 5 chance of winning a free yard off your current purchase, free gift cards including one $100 gift card at each store, plus many more giveaways.
Colonial Williamsburg – From 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 29 until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, guests can take advantage of the following offers:
– Buy one annual pass, get one free! Friday Nov. 29, at 10 a.m., www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/cyber reveals an exclusive ticket offer available for purchase over Thanksgiving weekend. This promotion will only be available online and no code is required.
– “Suite Rewards”— Guest who book a stay of at least two consecutive nights in a suite at the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, or Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites get one of those nights free. With this offer, visitors have access to a multitude of guest entitlements only available to those who stay onsite. Offer is valid on stays through March 31, 2014 and may be booked by phone at 1-855-296-6627 with the code CYBER.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
CARYTOWN – Many retailers in Carytown are offering Small Business Saturday discounts – Visit Carytown’s Facebook page for a list of the specials. There will also be free carriage rides from 12-5pm. Santa will be visiting Carytown on Saturday from 12-2:30 at W. Hirsch Oriental Rug (across from Can Can). There’s something new this year too. You may be spotted by our elves and offered “random acts of kindness”…it could be gift certificates, coupons and even cash, just for shopping in Carytown.
RestoreRVA (1901 Roane Street) – Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small, local businesses in your area! We want to celebrate YOU and all that you do to support us throughout the year! We will have free popcorn, some Habitat swag, and raffles and more! Also, each person who enters the door will be given a coupon ranging from 10% off up to 50% off! It’s a luck of the draw what percentage you get, but everyone will be saving! So after recovering from your turkey hangover and surviving the crowds on Black Friday, be sure to come and see us on Small Business Saturday!
Barrel Thief – All day Saturday, receive 10% off your purchases if you introduce a friend to Barrel Thief and tell us why you love supporting small businesses. An extra 5% will be added if you bring a receipt from another small Richmond business (5805 Patterson Avenue)
FREEBIE: Free 8×10 print from Walgreens with code TURKEY8X10. Expires 11/30, choose in-store pickup
FREEBIE: Free 8×11 wall calendar from Shutterfly.com with code FREECAL (must pay shipping) Valid through today, 11/29 only
Everyone once in a while I get talked into teaching a coupon class, and this is the most important principle I try to share. Saving money with one method on a purchase is great, but the true deal ninjas are always thinking “How can I stack multiple discounts?”
For instance, at the grocery store you can only use one manufacturers coupon per item, but you can use both a manufacturers coupon and a store coupon for the the same thing, if you have them.
There are several components of a transaction where discounts might be available:
Your discount stacking toolkit should include:
2. AT THE REGISTER
Manufacturer’s Coupon – Issued by the manufacturer. Can be printed or digital
Store Coupon – Issued by the store, often sent via email or printed at the register on a previous purchase.
Quantity Discount – Is there an extra discount for buying a larger quantity?
Loyalty Programs – Become a member to receive the full discounts; scan you card or enter phone number at checkout.
3. AFTER THE REGISTER:
Loyalty Programs – Sometimes receive a freebie, discount, or other reward for a certain amount of purchases (Like Kroger or Martin’s fuel rewards)
Rebates – Additional savings on a product by submitting documentation of purchase by mail or online. Doesn’t count if you always forget to submit them
Cash Back Websites – Every November I do my plug for Ebates. (Mr. Rebates is a good one too) If you are shopping online and are not registered with a cash back site, you are paying too much. You just follow the link from Ebates to the retailer you are shopping at, and make your purchases. Ebates tracks your purchase and credits a percent of your purchase to your Ebates account, then sends you a check periodically for the balance. Right now, you can earn 3% from Walmart, 6% from Lowe’s, 5% at Old Navy, etc. (Two notes: Use of some coupon codes may invalidate the cash back – a coupon code listed on Ebates will definitely be able to stack with cash back. When in doubt, use the coupon code because it usually is worth more than cash back. Secondly, by using cash back websites, you are basically getting paid the “referral” fee that might otherwise be paid to a blogger or website referring you to a site. That is not unethical, but if you want to support a site like mine, follow its links to products when making a purchase and skip this step of using Ebates)
4. PAYMENT METHOD
Discounted gift cards – If you can, scoop up discounted gift cards to your favorite retailers and restaurants, like the $5 Groupon for $10 at Starbucks that was recently available. I call this gift card discount laundering, which definitely has an illegal sound to it, but it just means that to businesses, your gift card is the same as paying with cash or credit. Whether you paid less than face value doesn’t affect your ability to use coupons or other discounts that might state “not combinable with other discounts or promotions” in the fine print.
Alternatively: Gift Card Bonuses – Now is the time to pick these up! Through mid-December, some retailers and many restaurants will give you a bonus amount or a freebies when purchasing a gift card or gift certificate. For instance: Barnes & Noble will give you a $10 bonus for a $75 gift card purchase by Dec. 3. Check this list for more ideas.
Tax Savings – Make healthcare-related purchases with pre-tax dollars using your Flexible Spending Account
Frequently, at least one discount from each category is available. (Always read the fine print of any discount to find exclusions.)
Here are a couple of examples of how this principle can play out:
Sneakers for my son at Gymboree:
Clearance tagged 60% off original price
30% off storewide sale
20% off coupon from mail
1.5% cash back credit card
What are some of your favorite ways to stack?
Through Cyber Monday, Colonial Williamsburg is offering a discount on annual passes: Buy one, get one free!
Adult annual passes are $61.95, kids 6-12 are $32.50. The passes are valid for one year from date of purchase. Go here to buy.
For each Annual Pass you purchase, you can get a second one free.
Savor each moment of the holiday season with friends and family in the Revolutionary City. Take in the natural decorations and enjoy festive, timeless Christmas events.
As a pass member, return whenever you like. Get to know the stories of the residents in the Revolutionary City, explore the museums at your leisure, and enjoy all the exciting events coming in 2013.
As promised, additional Richmond Black Friday deals! See Part I here.
Kid-to-Kid Richmond – Early Bird Special Friday 9:30 AM-12:00 PM 20% off all apparel, 10% off all shoes. Don’t feel like getting up early? Take advantage of 10% off all apparel the rest of Friday and Saturday (10953 W. Broad St. Glen Allen)
Plato’s Closet – Receive a $15 bonus gift card for every $50 gift card you purchase on Friday or Saturday
Saxon Shoes – 20% off storewide until 10am on Friday. Doors open at 6am
Strictly Soccer – Our Thanksgiving Sale is starting early this year. Get BOGO 1/2 off* on ALL items in the store starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Plus other special deals in-store only. Buy one Get one 1/2 price FOUR DAYS ONLY: 21st, 23rd, 24th and 25th. (1811 Huguenot Road)
Susan’s Selections – Everything in the Store Is 10% Off This Weekend! Stop by on Black Friday (and Saturday and Sunday) (8006 Staples Mill Rd)
The Clothes Rack – 50% Off these Tag Colors: Orange, Green, Red, and Yellow on Friday & Saturday. Stores open at 10:00am
Whole Foods – Richmond Wine Lovers: Our annual Post Thanksgiving 20% off mixed case (12) sale begins Thursday Nov 22 and runs through Sunday Nov. 25. Stock up for your December fun! Three Wishes does not apply toward this discount.
Qdoba – Coupon for “buy one entree, get one free” on Black Friday
(If you’re stopping by after hearing me chat with Melissa and Jack about Black Friday on 103.7 The River this morning, welcome! RichmondBargains.com’s motto is “bringing down the cost of living in RVA” and I do my best to bring you the super deals, top free events, and other tips for saving money around Richmond. If you’d like to keep up with the latest deals I post, you can subscribe to receive daily email updates, delivered by Feedburner. Alternatively, you can “like” Richmond Bargains on Facebook or follow @rvabargains on Twitter.)
Love it so much you’ve cleared your schedule and can’t sleep from excitement?
Hate its crass consumerism guts?
Either way, Black Friday approacheth.
After spending Thanksgiving with my in-laws, I will be cozy in the mountains of Maryland again this year, but I’ll be with you all in cyber-spirit. And of course, I’ll be on the lookout for additional deals that get posted today and tomorrow – you might want to bookmark this post to check back for updates!
For the big retailers, sites like bfads.net and Slickdeals.net have all your Black Friday needs covered. Note that many stores will be open at midnight or earlier this year. Browse the forums to keep up with online deals as they pop up.
If you’re looking for practical tips about the Black Friday shopping experience, check out this post from Ninja Consumer.
Thursday’s Times-Dispatch will have copies of all the ads, plus coupons for free Papa John’s breadsticks and “buy one, get one free” for the Science Museum.
And here is a list of some of the smaller store sales that you might not know about:
NEW Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames – The first 100 customers in each of our stores on Black Friday will receive a gift card with a minimum value of $10. Doors open at 6am. Limit 1 gift card per family
Blue Elephant – Back Porch Sale Friday & Saturday: 20% off items in the store, with the exception of items by local artists. We’ll be putting a bunch of stuff on the back porch that will be marked down 50% as well! Things we’re pulling out of storage like lamps, suitcases, glassware, knickknacks, light fixtures, etc. (425 Strawberry St)
Blue Ridge Mountain Sports – This weekend, November 25 – 27, Buy One Get One 50% OFF All Outerwear & Fleece for the whole family. In stores and online.
Chop Suey Books/Cafe Ole – Announcing Black Bean Friday and Saturday: bring us a Cafe Ole receipt with the day’s date and receive 20% off your purchase at Chop Suey Books!
Cordial Cricket – All Holiday Merchandise in our store will be 30% OFF on Black Friday (3524 Festival Park Plaza, Chester)
Frostings – Voucher sale on Black Friday and Cyber Monday – 1 dozen cupcakes for $19. Purchase online or in-store
Goodwill – Print a coupon for 20% Off your purchase of $20 or more. Valid ONLY Friday, 11/25 and Saturday 11/26
Kid-to-Kid Glen Allen – Early Bird Special 9:30 AM-12:00 PM – 20% off all apparel* Don’t feel like getting up early? Take advantage of 10% off all apparel* the rest of Friday and Saturday. *See store for details. Some restrictions apply (10953 W. Broad St)
Hip to Be Round – Select dresses and pants just $15, Marked down styles 2 for $30 through November 27th only! (3124 W. Cary Street)
Indigo Avenue – Red Dot Sale Black Friday weekend- Come in Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and find the RED DOTS to get an extra 50% off the current price of that item! If you find something you want that DOESN’T have a red dot, we also have a special 20% off one item coupon (411 N. Ridge Rd & 3324-A W. Cary St)
NEW LaDiff – Leftover Sale: Friday through Sunday look for special tags to find savings of at least 50% off on hundreds of items
NEW Lex’s of Carytown – Get an additional 75% off already reduced merchandise. Plus, all sweaters and coats are 20% off!
Once Upon A Child – Friday only Save 40% on all Apparel & Outerwear (shirts, pants, outfits, sleepwear, outerwear). Save 30% on all toys including Fisher Price, Little Tikes, Playskool, & more. Save 20% on all Accessories, Equipment, & Furniture (shoes, boots, swings, strollers, highchairs, exersaucers, toddler beds, changing tables, bassinets). One day Sale, Friday Nov 25th. In stock items only. No other discounts, clearance, or coupons apply to this sale. Not valid on Gift Card purchase or prior purchases (9770 Midlothian Tpk and 9127 W. Broad St)
Pink – On Friday, get 20% off anything in the store that shimmers, shines or sparkles (3158 W Cary St)
Plan 9 – Once again, we’d like to recommend that one of your stops be your favorite local record store. And once again, we’re happy to announce that a some really kind, cool, impressive artists want you to do the same thing—and they’ve created releases that are only available at those stores this season, to encourage you to head on in and visit. There are indeed some really special pieces here, things that you’ll want to put on your own wish list, and things that you’ll want to wrap up for those you love. THAT LIST OF US TITLES CAN BE FOUND RIGHT HERE IN A HANDY WISH LIST FORMAT.
Plato’s Closet – Take 15% Off any ONE item of your choice! Friday 10am – 2pm (9127 W. Broad St. & 9766 Midlothian Tpke.)
Strictly Soccer – Save 20-75% off Store-wide on the biggest and best selection of soccer gear in Central Virginia, beginning Friday at 8am (1811 Huguenot Road)
The daily deal sites will also be getting in on the action, and I’ll post their Black Friday deals when live.
Check back tomorrow for an additional list of Small Business Saturday sales!
Amazon starts celebrating Black Friday early. All week the website will be running special lightning deals (limited time and quantity) and other discounts for Black Friday Deals Week.
You shouldn’t have to stand in a long line to get a great deal. We’re searching for the best Black Friday deals everywhere–including Black Friday deals other stores are planning–so we can meet or beat their prices and bring them to you even earlier. These limited-supply deals will go quickly, but we’ll add new ones throughout the day, every day, so you can skip the long lines and still save a bundle. Plus, subscribe to our deals e-mails to get daily updates.
To keep up, you can bookmark the Black Friday page, install a special browser bar, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter, etc.
If you’re a parent and haven’t already signed up for the Amazon Mom program, you can get a free trial of Amazon Prime which is perfect for holiday shopping because it means FREE two-day shipping with no minimum purchase.
I love the Amazon Black Friday deals, but have to be careful because there are so many tempting offers!
A number of retailers are changing the Black Friday game this year, and pushing opening times earlier than ever. Best Buy and Target are among the businesses starting their sales at the stroke of 12am.
The stores at Chesterfield Towne Center will be joining the move to midnight with Midnight Madness. Shoppers will be allowed to enter the mall beginning at 10pm on Thanksgiving Day to allow them time to line up in front of retailers. There will also be giveaways, DJ’s, and more.
Read more on what business owners and managers at the mall think about the change in this Richmond Times-Dispatch story.
So, who’s going to be pounding down the doors in the middle of the night?
November 1st? Must mean that…
Amazon is gearing up for Black Friday with a Countdown and Lightning Deals, as well as discounts in electronics, movies, toys and more.
There are some good sales on magazines, like Elle, Reader’s Digest, or Seventeen for $5 a year. Entertainment Weekly is $15 a year. (all are auto-renewal, so you’ll need to remember to cancel if you don’t want to be automatically renewed when your subscription runs out)
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If you’re shopping in Richmond on Black Friday, RSVP to the Facebook event and dish on what great deals you scored! (And how many people you punched to get ’em)
National Deals Previews and Discussion:
Pick up the Thursday Richmond Times Dispatch for hard copies of Black Friday sale ads – Cost is $2, and all home subscribers will receive a free copy. The paper will also contain the following Press Pass coupons:
– One FREE medium coffee (or other medium beverage) from Chick-fil-A
– Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker – Save $5 on opening night tickets
– GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Buy one get one free tickets on select dates
– Fan District Association Holiday House Tour – Get $5 off tickets
– The Virginians Barbershop Chorus Holiday Concert – Save $3 on tickets
Local sales and offers:
Chesterfield Towne Center – Jump start your holiday shopping! Be one of the first 100 people to come by Guest Services when the mall opens [at 8am] to receive a FREE $10 mall gift card. Stick around, because you may be chosen to open packages, some of which are filled with mall gift cards and other surprises from our retailers! List of store hours and some of the sales being offered by retailers
Short Pump Town Center – Free Black Friday Survival Kit to first 200 Shoptopia members at guest services beginning at 8am. Kits will include coupons, samples, and $1,500 in total gift cards. If you’re not a member, you can sign up for free online.
Carreras Jewelers – From 10am-5:30pm, find great savings on selection of “White jewelry” throughout the store. White diamonds, white pearls, white gold, sterling silver…anything that has white in it!
Frostings – Black Friday and Cyber Monday ONLY – you’ll be able to purchase a voucher for one dozen for $19. Vouchers can be used until 12/31/10. The deal will only be available Black Friday and Cyber Monday and can be purchased from our website!
Books, Bikes, and Beyond Thrift Store – BLACK FRIDAY SIDEWALK SALE on Friday. All clothing on the sidewalk will be FREE! Please bring your own bags for clothes if you can remember. Open 11-5ish on Friday (7 W. Broad St. between Foushe and Adams)
Cordial Cricket Black Friday Event and Sale – Items marked down throughout the store, up to 40% AND all regular priced merchandise will be 15% off AND you will receive FREE SHIPPING on all special orders!
Belle Cottage – Free tote $100 Vera Bradley purchase, 30% off Vera Bradley rolling luggage, 30% off select Vera Bradley (print coupons) 8319 Bell Creek Road Mechanicsville
My Closet, Your Treasures – From 8 a.m. to noon on Black Friday and Saturday, draw for additional savings of 10-20% off your purchase from the Designers Corner. Also print coupons for 10% off regular price merchandise and half off $5 merchandise. (5524 Lakeside Ave)
Richmond Kickers 12-Hour Sale Online – all merchandise 10-75% off (I stumbled onto this page and have no idea if/when the sale starts)
Richmond SPCA – Adoption fees for dogs and cats with black coats discounted 50% on Black Friday
(Update) Blue Elephant – Sidewalk Sale Friday through Sunday, low prices on dish ware, serving ware, linens, ceramics, knick-knacks, fabric and more; Mark downs on furniture prices (425 Strawberry St)
(Update) Whole Foods – Friday’s One Day Deal is 50% off Sigg Bottles (.3 to 1.5L, $15.99 to $22.99 reg. price)
(Update) Plato’s Closet – Coupon for 20% off one item on Friday
(Update) Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames – The first 100 customers at each store beginning at 7am will receive a mystery gift card worth at least $10, and up to $100! Plus Doorbuster deals through December 1, limited quantities.
(Update) Fabrik – 30% off storewide and free Starbucks coffee
A few more deals, courtesy of Downtown Short Pump (click the link for even more deals):
Monkee’s – Opening one hour early at 9:00 a.m. Friday. Save 25% off everything in the store Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
(Update) U-Fab – Friday and Saturday all remnants 50% off (just $1.50 a yard after discount), all clearance and premium bolt ends 50% off ($2.50-$4/yd), and “buy the bolt get 20% off” (cannot be combined with the 50% off bolt end promo and only applies to regular in-stock fabric priced at $9.99 and above) 106 S. Robinson Street
(Update) Plan 9 Music – 20% off vinyl Friday through Sunday (RSD releases not included.)
(Update) Nesbit – Special event from 6:30-9am Friday, with coffee, doughnuts, and sales on brands like Bumble and Bumble, Dermalogica, Smashbox and Image. Via ShopTalk
Food & drink:
7-Eleven – visit the Slurpee Facebook page on Friday to print a coupon for a FREE small Slurpee
Burger King – Last Friday in November to receive a FREE 12 oz cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee during breakfast hours
Chick-fil-A – Thursday’s Times-Dispatch will contain a Press Pass coupon for one FREE medium coffee (or other medium beverage) from Chick-fil-A
Chick-fil-A Short Pump Crossing – Buy a breakfast meal 4-8AM & get a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich valid 11/26 & 11/27 only at Chick-fil-A at Short Pump Crossing.
Chick-fil-A Parham Road – Purchase any breakfast meal on Friday between 4am and 7am and get a coupon for a FREE Chicken Sandwich! Stop back by later in the day with your receipts from Toys R Us, Button & Bows or Wal-Mart dated 11/26/10 and get a FREE LARGE DRINK(soda, tea, lemonade only)
Quizno’s – $2.99 for a small sub, chips, and drink with coupon Friday through Sunday
“Because Black Friday is so yesterday,” Saturday is the day to head to Carytown! Coinciding with Small Business Saturday, Carytown merchants will be offering special sales on Saturday, November 27th. I’ll update with info on specific sales as I receive information. Starting at 10am, there will also be FREE horse-drawn carriage rides – Just look for the “stop” signs posted around Carytown.
Roan – 40% off boots and handbags on Saturday, 25% off designer ready-to-wear and shoes
It’s Hip to Be Round closing sale
Perception Salon and Spa – Black Friday online receive a $40 gift certificate with the purchase of $100. On Black Saturday in-store, receive $30 gift card with $100 gift card purchase
Cartwheels and Coffee – Saturday FREE regular beverage if you bring in a receipt from a Carytown business
Out of Town:
For the hard-core Black Friday shopper… Black Friday weekend at Prime Outlets Williamsburg
Please chime in if you know of others, and check back Thursday night or Friday morning because I’m sure I’ll run across more!