Black Friday Sales – How we rocked BF 2015 on a budget

Black Friday Sales

How we rocked BF 2015 on a budget

Each year we go Black Friday sales shopping and each year people look at me as though I’m insane and offer judgmental glances and conversations behind my back about it. You know what, though? I don’t really care that much.

Do you want to know why? Because I save a shit-ton of money on my Christmas shopping thanks to this wonderful day. And also because I really enjoy the rush of shopping on Black Friday.

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We have traditions that go along with it, of course. We always go on Friday. I’m not strongly against going Thursday, but I’m not strongly for it either, so we’ll just leave it at that. Anyway, my wife and I wake up super early Friday morning and make ourselves an egg sandwich – which is literally the best food in the world.

  • Egg Sandwich
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 Piece American Cheese
    • 2 Slices Bread
    • Mayonnaise
      • Crack two eggs and put into microwave safe cereal bowl.
      • Stir with a fork until well-mixed.
      • Place cheese slice in egg mixture.
      • Press cheese slice down until coated evenly with egg
      • Microwave for 2 minutes, or until fully cooked (DO NOT OVERCOOK)
      • During microwaving, spread mayonnaise on the bread.
      • When cooked, scoop egg mixture onto bread.
      • Smash sandwich together.
      • Eat delicious-wonderfulness.

We head out of my parent’s house (where we always stay during our Thanksgiving holiday) and drive to Rochester, MN which is about an hour away. We visit a few stores, eat tacos, visit a few more stores, have lunch at a restaurant, and then drive back to my parent’s house to share our Black Friday sales purchases with them.

Our favorite stores for shopping are:

  • Menards – absolutely number one
  • Walmart
  • JCP
  • Rue 21
  • Best Buy
  • Target

We sometimes like Kohl’s, but the lines are so hard that it’s difficult to enjoy shopping there. Also, we love Taco Bell – so that’s why we always have a taco snack. This year, for lunch, we went to Texas Roadhouse – great choice. I absolutely love it there. Anyway, I digress.

How we rocked Black Friday Sales on a budget

The best part about Black Friday sales is they help to purchase both gifts and household items for super cheap – if you know where to look. This year, we put our budget in cash (except one gift that we were planning which was a little more spend-y). We were only allowed to spend what we brought cash, which helps a ton.

So, what did we buy with this? Did we actually save money?

  • Ceramic Pots & Pans set of 5 – (our home).
    • BF Cost: $30.
    • Regular Cost: $50.
  • Counter top Skillet – (our home).
    • BF Cost: $10
    • Regular Cost: $27.99
  • Scentsy Warmer – (a gift).
    • BF Cost: $5.79.
    • Regular Cost: $10.99.
  • Fragrance blocks – (a gift).
    • BF Cost: $0.79.
    • Regular Cost: $1.99.
  • Food Gift Pack – (a gift).
    • BF Cost: $6.99.
    • Regular Cost: $12.99.
  • Dog Items – (our home)
    • BF Cost: $21.
    • Regular Cost: $34.

This is just a sampling of what was purchased. There are some people who actually read this blog who are receiving gifts from us this year, so I won’t be posting their gifts here (for obvious reasons). The gifts posted above are for people who never read this blog, so it’s okay that they’re there.

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What’s the tally, anyway?

  • Total Black Friday Sales Pricing: $74.57.
  • Total Regular Pricing: $137.96.
  • Total Saved: $63.39.

That’s a LOT of money saved on a small sampling of items. In fact, that’s ALMOST 50 percent. I could buy twice as many gifts for my close friends and family if I wanted to, at this rate and I certainly would, too, if it weren’t for the debt we were in.

Here’s to being thankful for saving money on necessary household goods and Christmas gifts so that we have more to put toward paying off our debt! Woohoo! Almost 2 full months of our aggressive debt repayment plan are complete and thanks to Black Friday sales, it looks like November will be just as successful as October.

So, Black Friday sales are over for the year: how can we save money and keep our budget despite gift expenses?

Here are a couple of ideas to help you get through the Christmas season while working to pay off your debt or start a savings.

  1. Buy the items you want on Cyber Monday – still great deals, but you can make purchases from the comfort of your living room!
  2. Create gifts to give to people using things you already have in your home. Great ideas are: crocheting a shawl, knitting a hat, using your collage or art skills to design a piece of artwork, pre-made cookie dough kits, mason jar crafts, wreaths, etc.
  3. Decide to do a “secret Santa” gift exchange.

I hope these ideas help to get you started! We’ll be adding more and more ideas as Christmas approaches – stay tuned!

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3 Replies to “Black Friday Sales – How we rocked BF 2015 on a budget”

  1. for this Black Friday we shop: nothing. For Christmas we will leave for a holiday, and gifts will be minimal and necessary: sport shoes. The friends know that we intent to buy a house and we are focused on this.

    1. You’re absolutely right, that’s also a great way to shop on Black Friday and save some money. It’s great that your friends are so understanding that you are saving for a house – and how exciting to be in that process. 🙂 Keep us up to date, we love hearing from you!

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