Hey Socialites! The countdown to Black Friday has begun! While it’s no secret that I shop year round (lol), I try to take advantage of major deals whenever I can, so Black Friday, with all of its chaotic-ness is right up my alley!
The crazy crowds and the gotta get it right now energy can be overwhelming to many shoppers, but I promise that if you approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a game plan (and coupons) in tow, you can score some amazing deals, all without costing your sanity, or your bank account! Here are my tried and true tips to help you find some great Black Friday deals!
The holiday season, and particularly Black Friday, is the one time of year when it’s ok to be the crazy coupon lady! Over the past 2 weeks, you’ve probably had a ton of sales flyers, ads, and postcards from stores in your mailbox. Don’t be so quick to throw those glossy papers away: They often have coupons for as much as 40% off (in addition to the sale price) inside! Get your coupons ready. Scour the ads, and clip clip clip!
Emails are Key
Subscribe to your favorite retailers for the best Black Friday deals. They’ll be sending out a ton of advertising emails with promo codes for online shopping, and printable coupons to take to the store. Most retailers will have Doorbusters and special Black Friday hours, so be sure and read the fine print! Socialite Tip: If like me, you get tired of having so many store emails clogging your inbox, you can easily create a new email address that you use just to sign up for deals and promo codes. Just remember to keep the login info handy!
The Early Bird…
Catches the worm, or shall I say, the in-stock deals! Black Friday is chaotic, and a lot of people don’t like visiting the stores due to the rudeness and sometimes aggressive actions of other shoppers. My advice if you venture out is to go early! Arrive at the store an hour or two before the sale is projected to begin to ensure that you will be able to grab the items you want/need before the mad rush begins. With that said…
Have a Game Plan
Your Black Friday shopping plan should be as detailed as an NFL coach’s clipboard on Sunday afternoon! Arrange items in priority from greatest need to “eh, I can wait.” From my research and experience, electronics and kitchen products tend to sell out crazy fast, so I recommend starting with those if you need to grab a new TV or air fryer! (Of course, you can always try a pawn shop if all things fail.)
Online shopping is my favorite, because it’s super fast, convenient (Hello! Shopping in my cozy pj’s? I’ll take it!), and you don’t have to brave the crazy crowds or cold weather to snag the best Black Friday deals! A word of warning: Online retailers can sell out just as fast as brick and mortar stores, so don’t wait all day to log on. Many stores, like Nordstrom, are really great about restocking, but I still recommend making your purchases early and quickly. The great thing about shopping online is that shipping is usually fast. Most people have Amazon Prime, which you already know is super fast. But did you know that Shoprunner also gives you free 2-day shipping for many major stores? Ya’ll know that NY&Co is one of my fave stores, and I love being able to use Shoprunner for free shipping and returns for any purchase I make over $25!
Catch Some Sales
NET-A-PORTER — Up to 50% off designer collections and luxury and styles. SHOP NOW
Moda Operandi — Up to 50% off sale on the most coveted runway pieces and designer styles. SHOP NOW
SSENSE — Up to 50% off cult designer buys and the hottest streetwear designers. SHOP NOW
Neiman Marcus — Up to 40% off regular-priced styles in select Better Apparel. SHOP NOW
Neiman Marcus Last Call — One day only! 55% off sweaters, coats & cold weather styles. SHOP NOW
Nordstrom Rack — Hot deals and surprise sales revealed daily. SHOP NOW
Barneys New York — Snag today’s top luxury styles and streetwear labels up to 40% off. SHOP NOW
Barney’s Warehouse — Take 30% off when you spend up to $299, 40% off$300-$499 or 50% off $500+ SHOP NOW
Macy’s — 20% off Black Friday Preview with code SCORE. SHOP NOW
Bloomingdale’s — Take $25 off every $200 you spend on items labeled TAKE $25 OFF. SHOP NOW
Lord and Taylor — Pre-Black Friday Sale. Get up to 40% off with code DEALS. Sale on everyday closet staples and the top of-the-moment trends. SHOP NOW
Club Monaco — Get up to 60% off when you take an extra 30% off men’s sale items. SHOP NOW
Nike — 20% off sale on select styles. Shop iconic sneakers and sportswear essentials. SHOP NOW
ASOS — Up to 60% off sale on big brands. SHOP NOW
J.Crew — 40% off your purchase. SHOP NOW
Eloquii — 50% Off Your Entire Purchase + An Extra 10Off When You Spend $100+ with code FRENZYLoft — Black Friday: 50% Off Your Purchase with code: FRIYAY. Valid 11/23 at 12am – 11/24 at 11:59pm
LOFT: Cyber Monday: 50% Off Your Purchase + Free Shipping with code: CYBER. Valid 11/25 at 12am – 11/27 at 11:59pm
Ann Taylor — 50% Off Everything with Code: BLACKFRIDAY. Offer valid from 11/22/2018 @ 5PM- 11/25/2018 @ 12AM
Charlotte Russe — Cyber Monday Free Shipping, No Minimum + 40% Off Reg. Priced Items & 20% Off Sale Items at Charlotte Russe. Valid 11/26!
City Dolman Sweater: NY&Co (on SALE for Black Friday!) / Gray Skinny Jeans: Nordstrom
Leopard Pumps: DSW / Bag: Neverfull MM
Sunglasses: NY&Co (Currently on SALE for $5.00!!!!)
-Top runs TTS, and has a roomy fit. I’m wearing an XL
-Gray Skinny Jeans run TTS. I’m wearing a 16
I’m 5’4″. I typically wear a size 9 in shoes. L/XL in tops and XL/16W in dresses. Size 16-18 in Jeans.
I am ruler shaped and able to wear a smaller cut in tops.
See you next time!