I spent a lot of time considering how I wanted to approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday, given that I was having a sort of No Spend November, and need to really strap down to save for Brazil and all the travel I have in the next year. Obviously the best way to approach the day would have been to blindly delete every email and twitter alert that came my way, or just stay off the internet. At the same time, it’s a good day to purchase things you need at a heavily discounted rate, and get some Xmas shopping done. So, let’s see how I did.
First and foremost, I have deleted every 50% off EVERYTHING email from LOFT and J. Crew Factory, and the BaubleBar emails. These were always going to be the most dangerous of all the sales, and so far I have resisted. I did forward the JCF email to my mother since I have Claire cardigans on my wish list. And then suggested a pair of ribbon socks that would boost the order over $50 for free shipping because I am an extremely thoughtful daughter.
Apple TV and HDMI cable - I didn’t NEED this, but my Wii bit the dust last week, and I had been wanting an AppleTV anyway. I’m a cord cutter, and I watch a great deal of stuff via Hulu+/Netflix/Amazon Prime. It wasn’t reeeeeally on sale, but $10 off an Apple product is practically a sale.
Caps Hoody and Slippers on NHL.com - I didn’t need the hoody in the sense that I would be risking bodily harm without it. However, I do not have any Caps outerwear, and it is COLD in Verizon Center. Especially when your lucky seat/section is right under a massive air vent… Yes, I could wear my coat, but that covers up my jersey, and then I don’t have any Caps stuff visible! I’m clearly trying to justify this purchase when really it’s “The hoody was cute and I wanted it.” The slippers, however, were a definite need. I usually buy a pair at Victoria’s Secret every year, but this pair was $12.94 PLUS an additional 15% off. I have yet to turn on the heat in my apartment because I am stubborn and my toes are starting to protest. I wear out slippers like no one’s business because I wear them year round because I hate socks.
Sephora - I always grab a bottle (or 2) of Philosophy’s Purity face wash (need) when it’s on sale for $10 (reg. $26) a bottle every Black Friday. I had $20 in coupons and a bit of a surplus in my beauty category in YNAB, so I also got a few travel sized toiletries, including some Oscar Blandi dry shampoo, Smashbox primer, and a Buxom lip lacquer (sounds super fancy, don’t it?). I also got 290578567 free samples with my order, including a self tanner wipe which will come in handy next week so I don’t look super pale in my cocktail dress for AO Ball.
Special Snowflake nail polish @ Maya Cosmetics- Run by a good friend of a good friend, Maya Cosmetics makes some of my favorite nail polish. Kat is running a 30% off sale (use code HOLIDAY13), and has some new polishes just for the sale, including some great winter holiday colors. I purchased Special Snowflake, but HIGHLY RECOMMEND Like a Boss (on clearance!), Cupcake Violent, Stargazing, Good Tidings, Graceless Lady, and Kung Fu Treachery. I know I said I wasn’t buying any nail polish this month, but the fact that I made it to November 29 without doing so shows I really made the effort. Besides, I couldn’t pass up the chance to support one of my favorite small businesses.
Stars 1994 Tee from Bumpy Pitch – an homage to the legendary World Cup 1994 USMNT Denim Kits, this tee was a MUST HAVE as soon as they released it. I patiently waited for the Black Friday sale, which essentially covered the shipping fee, but that’s fine. I’m going to look fly as fuuuuuuuuuuuuug wearing this in Brazil next year. And all the times before that too.
Cyber Monday Shopping List
New Bluray player for <$70
Wireless Printer for <$50
SUCCESS. I got a new LG bluray player for $55, and a Canon wireless printer for $45. The only thing I impulse bought was one of those cat toys that’s a circular thing with a stuffed mouse in it the kittens can bat around with a feather on top of it. But that is their Christmas present, so it doesn’t really count. I also purchased the one Zoya nail polish color I’ve had on my lemming list for ages, Dream, using one of their FlashPromo codes that had a free bottle of nail polish and free shipping with any purchase. So I essentially got a color I was going to get anyway, without the sales tax I would have paid in store, along with a free bottle of Lola. A very good deal, mostly because of the free shipping.
Overall, I think I did pretty well. Yes, I spent “a lot” of money, but I also was able to knock out all of the Christmas presents that aren’t being made by moi, and I got a lot of items that were on my “Need to Buy/Upgrade” list. And any items being replaced can be taken to Goodwill before the end of the year for tax benefits. Part of my “success” in this area is due to the fact that the sales, overall, were kinda crap. I think next year might be the year I attempt to score a TV on Black Friday.