Mega Morning Deals

Saw this on Fox and friends today and thought it was interesting:

Mega Morning deals.. Have you bought from here?

Black Friday Tips

Black Friday_comingEvery year, Black Friday seems to come earlier.. Well this year is no exception. Yet to make things more interesting, here’s something that can be considered TIPS for shopping:

Full disclosure: I got most of these tips from reading The Simple Dollar, one of my most favorite blogs on the Web.

  • Black Friday deals are not really the best the day after Thanksgiving.. Best deals start on Thanksgiving day (The new norm for stores opening early on Turkey Day!), or weeks before Black Friday.. Amazon, Target, Walmart, Kohls is a key example of this
    • So when should you start shopping? USA Today says that Early November is when you should look for deals! So Black Friday now has so many pre-sales that, you don’t even have to wait till Black Friday to get the best deals!
    • Did you know Staples starts their Black Friday sales in Mid November (November 16th!)???

Did you know that for the past few days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, have pretty much melted together? Oh don’t get me wrong.. You can still get great deals on Cyber Monday, but.. buyer beware.. if you buy stuff on Cyber Monday, your delivery times WILL NOT be guaranteed!

Bottom line friends.. Deals can be had all year round. I’ve seen deals that will beat Black Friday deals starting in October.. That’s how fierce the competition is.

In my frugal mind, each month can be considered to be Black Friday.. as each month will find you the best deals as noted by Consumer Reports table that I excerpted below:

When to Buy
What to Buy
January Bedding/linens, Toys, Exercise equipment, TVs, Winter clothing
February Humidifiers, Indoor furniture, Exercise equipment
March Digital cameras, Humidifiers, Small consumer electronics,
TVs, Winter sports gear
April Computers, Digital cameras, Lawn mowers, Spring clothing
May Athletic apparel/shoes, Camping/outdoor gear, Carpeting, Cordless phones, Lawn mowers, Mattresses, Small consumer electronics
June Camcorders, Carpeting, Computers, Indoor furniture, Pots, pans, and dishware, Small consumer electronics, Summer sports gear, Swimwear
July Camcorders, Indoor furniture, Outdoor furniture, Swimwear
August Air conditioners, Backpacks, Dehumidifiers, Outdoor furniture, Snow blowers
September Bikes, Digital cameras, Gas grills, Lawn mowers, Shrubs, trees, and perennials, Small consumer electronics, Snow blowers
October Bikes, Computers, Digital cameras, Gas grills, Lawn mowers, Winter coats
November Baby products, Bikes
Camcorders, Gas grills, GPS navigators, Toys, TVs
December Bikes, Camcorders, Gas grills, GPS navigators, Home appliances (large and small), Small consumer electronics, Toys, TVs

Personally, Dad doesn’t even bother going out on Black Friday to get his deals.. I just watch my emails and use my iPhone with my Black Friday Apps to send me alerts on deals that allow me to beat the crowds!

How about using price trackers? Below are some that I checked out and found to be worth the click.

  • CamelCamelCamel – Amazon Exclusive
  • Slick Deals – My favorite as it gets me a deal across so many stores that offer in-store pickup and my favorite —> Free Shipping!
  • Price Zombie – This site put’s browser Add-on’s compatible with Safari, Chrome, and Firefox
  • BFAds – All major retailers as soon as they are leaked or published.

What I’ve learned over the past few years… It’s not when you buy, but how and the amount of effort it take to get the bargain. The last time I got up early in the morning as I painfully remember from my personal experience from a few years ago.. when my car’s battery died in the cold as I was amongst thousand’s of shoppers lined up at Best Buy waiting to get in at 5AM on Black Friday.. I said after that experience.. I’ve never stepped away from my keyboard to get the best deals!

If you have any Tips for shopping for Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, I welcome your insights, after all, a good deal is what makes bargain hunting even more fun!

 

 

Black Friday: Deals and Steals

Google Chromecast
Google Chromecast (Photo credit: Scott Beale)

 

As I start my on-line trek for the best deals, I just found my first one..

 

 

 

  • Google ChromeCast at Amazon for 29.98. You really can’t go wrong with this plug in to get your fix.

 

Apple TV on display, Apple Store Chicago
Apple TV on display, Apple Store Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

  • Next on my list is Apple TV. Best deal I’ve seen thus far is for $84.95 again at Amazon.

 

My goal this year is to not do any bricks and mortar shopping and to do all my Black Friday splurging on-line.

 

 

 

Gizmodo is a good site that I’ve used to find deals.

 

 

 

Leave the sites you think are great for Grey Thursday (Today), Black Friday (Tomorrow) and Cyber Monday!

 

 

 

I’m going to compile a list!

 

 

 

Happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CouponGreat-Coupons

Another nice site for coupons: Coupon Great

What I liked about this site is the clean layout and it’s ability to aggregate the discounts retail and on-line. You can also get printable deals! You will find the link also on the sidebar under Coupons. Enjoy..

Dad

DealNews – Aggregator for Deals

I’ll call this one a quick post as it’s something I’m adding to my side bar of links for deals and steals. This site gives you web deals not just for the tech junkie, but for deals for the home has well.

Check out the review that the BharatBeat team put together on our Mobile Zone Lounge:

DealNews review on BharatBeat forums.. While you are there.. don’t forget to register to see all the contents of our sister site!

DealNews is not just for the techie, it has deals on clothing, electronics and tech stuff! Th site is well laid out with reviews, coupons for just about everything for your home.

 

Black Friday 2010 – R U Ready?

As many of my readers know,  I moderate multiple forums on Bharatbeat.com.  Many of my links for deals and steals can be found on the forums site.  I’ve posted multiple notes on Black Friday related information on the forums site.  I gathered this information via emails that I get from readers, and from newsletters I read.

I’m doing this as a public service.. I’m not getting any financial gains from posting this information. I started gathering this information, because I wanted to outdo my buddy AK, who has been a guest blogger here. Now I an certain that he will post his witty response to this, but hey.. what’s wrong with a little competition between friends?

Here’s where you come in. Go to the Forum Site and browse around and post a comment. Doesn’t cost anything, and you actually might find something that you may have an opinion on.

Dad

Black Friday – Ready to Shop

I’ve added a whole new category of links on my side bar for Black Friday.. Do you know the secrets to shopping on Black Friday? If you do.. Share please..

thedealmap-Local deals and coupons using Google maps

I’ve added thedealmap to my side links for coupons. I found this site yesterday when I was reading Clark Howard’s column.

What I liked about this site, it visually tells you where the deals are for the city/state/zip you key in.

This site will grow in popularity. Check it out for yourself

Black Friday/Cyber Monday

So here we are as we approach the biggest shopping weekend of the year.. I’ve listed quite a few Black Friday Sites, but are you ready for Cyber Monday? Just Google Cyber Monday and you will see the deals, steals and scams of cyber Monday.

This year I’m sitting this one out.. Yes, you heard right.. I’m sitting this one out.

Of course I’ll be out there and Shopping on Black Friday, but I won’t be buying.. Perhaps I’ll buy some scraps after the hardy stay on lines and grab the gems, but for me, I realized, I really don’t need much!

I’ll be prowling the web for Cyber Monday Deals, but I don’t think I’ll be much of a buyer this year.

My wife and I talked about this. We have everything we need.

Oh wait, my little one wants the new Adam Lambert and Allison (what is her last name?) CD, but I can get these CD’s AFTER the  POST black Friday/Cyber Monday madness. Oh yeah, she wants a REAL digital camera.. not the Sears camera that I bought her last year!

Oh wait, I could replace my CRT 27″ TV with a flat screen with the 32″  or larger that will be on sale in Costco and Target! How can I pass up on Free shipping when I order on-line?

Oh wait, I’m going to have my whole family at my house and the pressure to get out there on Friday. Will I be able to handle the pressure to spend? Probably not.

Ok. I give up. I’ll join the masses that run from store to store looking for deals on Black Friday for things I really don’t need, but must have! I’ll run up my credit card balances with stuff I can’t pay for by shopping on-line for deals on-line.. I’ll deal with the crazy traffic on the roads.. I’ll deal with the guilt of spending when I know I shouldn’t..

I’ll be on Twitter on my iPhone waiting for deals to roll in, so I can buy stuff on-line. And I’ll surf  to sites that my buddy texts me to go for the 1Tera Byte external Harddrive that I absolutely need to get, even though I already have 3 or 4 external drives already!

Oh wait, I forgot I have to load up on the turkey before I can even think about going out there and hunting/stalking for bargains!

 

Take a look at my sidebar links and you will see additional sites where you can spend more money!

On a totally different tangent… If you are shopping at Amazon and need Filler items to get free shipping. The Uberi site links you to Amazon to give you a good breakdown by percentage you could save at Amazon on sale items.

Wow, just writing this post, I’m starting to get into a frenzy to get out there and spend money I don’t have!

Have fun everyone and I hope all my readers have a happy and safe holiday season!

Remember my motto: “Shop with what’s in your wallet, not with your emotions”.

CBS Radio Bargains Site

I haven’t had a chance to update my blog over the holidays, but that’s because of my laziness I guess. I hope 2009 gives everyone a fresh start and happiness.

To start 2009, here’s a site that you can pick and choose your deals.

CBS Radio has a site where you can find their daily bargains.

To get to the bargains, you go to the main page and key in the keyword bargains. Check it out.

Bargains include:

Of course this site has many many more that you need to explore..

Happy 2009 to everyone!