Turn Your Black Friday Shopping Experience Green With Money-Saving Tricks

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In WHNT NEWS 19’s weekly segment, Money Saving Monday, we’re targeting “the” shopping day of the year:  Black Friday,  November 23rd.

Shoppers can turn the day into Green Friday, whether purchasing a large or small item, by doing a little homework, planning, and then smart execution.

Whether you’re on a “deal buster” trip or a “three-dollar pajama trip,” you can come home with great deals and a handful of leftover cash.

First: do your homework.  Research what you’re looking for and check deals already out there.

There are websites, such as bfads.net and gottadeal.com, that consolidate all of the Black Friday flyers already leaked out by merchants.  They also do price comparisons and offer buyer guides.

For big-ticket items, beware of too-good-to-be-true deals, such as a huge flatscreen TV for $100.  These deals may exist, but it’s likely the store will have only one or two of them in stock.

Also check past prices.  Some merchants jack up prices right before Black Friday, so they can claim big sales, which actually bring prices back down to normal.

For small-ticket items, like DVDs, CDs, and clothing, remember most deals are only deals if you buy small quantities of things you’ll actually use.

Keep in mind, a Black Friday deal is helping you spend, not save and you’re especially vulnerable if you’re an impulse shopper.  In that case, you might be better to shop online, take advantage of the free shipping codes and limit temptation.

For planning, it’s simple:  make a list of what you need and what you’re willing to pay and stick to it.  You should be ready to walk out of a store it the price there is higher than what you want.

For the execution of your money-saving approach:  Call the merchants ahead of time and get familiar with their Black Friday policies, such as handing out tickets for big items.

And ask yourself — is it worth it?  Some people calculate how much money they make an hour and determine if the item they want is worth their time to stand in line.

If you have a smart phone, try the app “Black Flyday 3.0“.  It tracks and notifies you of  killer “door-buster” and daily deals.

And here’s the scoop with free money, free stuff with purchases, and free stuff after rebates:

Many credit cards are offering free money through sign-up bonuses of up to $500.  
But you get it after you’ve charged a specified amount.

You’ll find free stuff — everything from Godiva Chocolate at Michael’s to Starbuck’s Coffee at Sam’s Club.  You can also get gift cards for making purchases at Best Buy, Dick’s sporting goods, Office Max, Sports Authority and Walgreens.
And there are more items that are free — after you mail in a rebate.  That includes batteries and auto parts.

Here’s a list of freebies and free-after-rebate stuff we found online:



•Free Buttons (Buttons will have a code to enter at jcp.com/christmas to see if you win a gift).

•Free Godiva Bar to First 100 Customers

Sam’s Club
•Free Starbucks Coffee & Pastries


Ace Hardware
•Lufkin 25′ Measuring Tape

•CVS Alkaline Batteries, AAA or AA
•GUM Toothbrushes
•Mars Chocolate Singles
•CVS Dental Flossers
•Philips Earbud Headphones

Pep Boys Auto
•Champion Premium Spark Plugs

•Duracell AA or AAA batteries
•Photo Paper, 8.5 x 11, 50-Pack
•McAfee Internet Security 2013
•Quickbooks Online 2012


Best Buy
•Free $20 Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase of Mophie Juice Pack Air Charging Case for iPhone
•Free $20 Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase of Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation for iPhone and iPod
•Free $20 Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase of Apple iPod Nano 16GB 7th Generation
•Free $30 Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase of Kindle Fire
•Free $50 Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase of Apple iPod touch 16GB 4th Generation
•Free $50 Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase of Apple iPod touch 32GB 5th Generation

Dick’s Sporting Goods
•Free $20 Holiday Bonus with Purchase
•Free Steel Storage Box with Purchase of Any Safe

•$15 Kohl’s Cash for Every $50 Spent

•Crayola Tabletop Easel with $10 Crayola Purchase
•$5 Coupon with $20 Purchase

Office Depot
•Free 8GB SDHC Memory Card with Purchase of Various Cameras
•Free $25 Visa Gift Card with Purchase of Kindle Fire
•Bonus: Use your Ink Bold for 5% cashback at office supply stores.

Office Max
•Free $15 on a $100 Mastercard or Visa Gift Card
•Free $25 Gift Card with Purchase of Kindle Fire
•Free $20 Gift Card with Purchase of Keurig OfficePRO B145 Brewing System

Old Navy
•Super Mario Bros Wii U Video Game with $40 Purchase

•Free Dog Antlers with Purchase
•Free Bag of Cat Food with Purchase of 12 Cans

Sam’s Club
•$40 Gift Card when signing up for a New Plus membership
•$25 Gift Card when upgrading for a Plus Membership

Sports Authority
•Free $25 in Sports Authority Cash with $125 Columbia Purchase
•Free $25 in Sports Authority Cash with $125 North Face Purchase

•$10 Gift Card with $50 Apparel, Accessories and Home Purchase
•$60 Gift Card with Purchase of Any Apple iPad
•$100 Gift Card with Purchase of Virgin Mobile Apple iPhone 4 or 4s
•$20 Gift Card with Purchase of various video games
•$5 Gift Card with Purchase of The Elf on the Shelf Box Set
•$20 Gift Card with Purchase of Chi Air Flat Irons
•$20 Gift Card with Purchase of Sodastream Genesis
•$20 Gift Card with Purchase of Apple iPod nano 16GB
•$40 Gift Card with Purchase of Apple iPod touch 16GB 4th Generation
•Free Lego Batman 2 Game with Purchase of Vita WiFi Edition Bundle
•$30 Gift Card with Purchase of Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewer
•$10 Gift Card with Purchase of Just Dance 4 Video Game
•Bonus: Use your Target 5% discount credit card for 5% cashback at Target.

Victoria’s Secret
•Free Limited Edition Victoria’s Secret Tote with $65 Purchase

•Free $10 Gift Card with Purchase of Apple iTunes Gift Card Multipack

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