As we get closer to Christmas, stores are offering more and more discounts, deals, and special offers to entice customers. this year, there are more Christmas-focused pre-Black Friday deals than ever before, with stores in a never-ending competition to snag the most customers and the biggest profits during the most shopping-focused time of year.
Some pre-Thanksgiving deals have already come and gone, and the Black Friday deals are too numerous for me to detail here. Instead, I'm simply listing some of the current offers that I find to be the best deals / the ones I'm most likely to use myself.
Because there are so many deals this time, I'm putting them all below the fold, so to speak. Click through for all 8 deals, which include Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Sears, Target, J.Crew Factory, Snapfish, and Bath & Body Works. Happy shopping!
There are a few great deals going on right now that can be particularly helpful for Christmas gifts...
1. Buy 1 Photo Book, Get 2 Free at Snapfish
Sound good? Head on over to Snapfish to start creating your photo books.
- Must use the discount code MYFALLBKS at checkout.
- All 3 books must have the same base price.
- Disney-themed photo books are excluded.
- Only one coupon, promotion, or account credit can be applied per order.
- Offer applies to first 20 pages of photo book only. Additional pages will be charged at regular prices.
- Coupon code may be used up to 5 times per customer.
- Expires November 8, 2011.
2. Secret Reward Card with $10+ Victoria's Secret Purchase
>Now through November 30, receive a free secret reward card (for $10, $50, $100, or $500 off a future purchase) when you spend $10+ at Victoria's Secret, in store or online. Since you only receive one reward card per order, regardless of your order's total, I'd advise placing multiple orders if you want to make a large purchase, in order to maximize your rewards.
Sound good? Head on over to Victoria's Secret to start shopping.
- Purchase in-stock item(s) totaling $10 or more now through November 30, 2011.
- One Secret Reward Card per order.
- Secret Reward card has no value until December 1, 2011.
- Secret Reward card is redeemable December 1-21, 2011 online, by phone or in stores; excluding outlets.
- Offer not valid in Puerto Rico stores or for customers in Canada.
- Valid while supplies last through 11:59pm EST on November 30, 2011, online, by phone and in select stores.
3. $10 in Super C-A-S-H for Every $20 Spent at Old Navy
Earn "Super C-A-S-H" at Old Navy now through November 13. For every $20 you spend, you'll receive $10 in "Super C-A-S-H." The "Super C-A-S-H" can be spent at Old Navy between November 17 and November 22.
Sound good? Head on over to Old Navy to start shopping.
- Qualifying purchase to earn Super C-A-S-H includes merchandise only, excluding gift cards. Packaging, applicable taxes, and prior purchases do not qualify.
- Super C-A-S-H cannot be redeemed on purchases of jewelry, Gerber®, Susan G. Komen iPromise®, merchandise or gift cards.
- Promotion ends November 13, 2011.
Amazon.com offers a variety of $5 MP3 albums each month; the November ones are now up on the site. In addition to 100 regular MP3 albums, Amazon.com also has 102 holiday MP3 albums for $5/each this month.
A sampling of the 202 albums currently available for $5 each:
I bought the Hotel Café's Winter Songs album in CD form two years ago; it was pretty much all we played on the drive home from a Christmas visit in New Jersey.
Today I found two great Groupons that I wanted to share...
1. $15 for $30 of Products from PetFoodDirect.com
This "spend $15, get $30 to use" deal, available for about 13 more hours (it ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11) is good for any of the products on PetFoodDirect.com which, despite its name, stocks medicines, treats, and toys in addition to food for all pets. The deal's filed under Washington, DC, but it can be purchased and used by anyone in the U.S.
Sounds good to you? Head on over to snag a voucher before the deal ends (or they sell out)!
- Only one voucher per person; may buy one additional to use as a gift
- Only one voucher can be used per order
- Voucher's value cannot be applied to shipping (so your pre-shipping total would have to come to $30 or more)
- Voucher cannot be combined with any other offers, such as 15% coupon codes
- Promotional value expires on April 12, 2012. That means that after April 12, the voucher is only worth the $15 you paid for it, instead of its promotional value of $30. So you wouldn't lose your money, you just wouldn't get anything extra.
2. $15 for $35 of Products at B-Thrifty (Woodbridge, VA)
This deal is available for 2.5 more days (it ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 11). For $15, you get $35 to spend at B-Thrifty, a "big box" style thrift store in Woodbridge, VA. The store is open 7 days a week (unlike many thrift stores that are closed on Sundays) and stocks more than 250,000 items daily.
Sounds good to you? Head on over to snag a voucher before the deal ends (or they sell out)!
- Only one per person; may buy multiple as gifts
- Only one voucher can be used per visit
- Vouchers cannot be used on Federal Holidays (50% off days at B-Thrifty) or on 30% Off Customer Appreciation Days
- Vouchers cannot be combined with 30% off BiP membership discounts on Thursdays
- Only applicable towards thrift store purchases; not applicable towards purchases in the International Bazaar or the Consignment Shop
- Promotional value expires on April 14, 2012. That means that after April 14, the voucher is only worth the $15 you paid for it, instead of its promotional value of $35. So you wouldn't lose your money, you just wouldn't get anything extra.
Disclosure: The links above are my personal referral links for having bought the deals; if 3 or more people purchase the deals using my links, I'll get my deals for free. You can do the same by passing along your personal referral code(s) to your friends after purchasing the deal(s).
Amazon.com offers a variety of $5 MP3 albums each month; the October ones are now up on the site. This month's offerings are particularly good, in my opinion.
A sampling of the 100 albums available for $5 each:
- NOW That's What I Call Music 39 [various artists]
- Sorry for Party Rocking [an Amazon.com exclusive version] by LMFAO
- Volume One by She & Him
- Give Up by the Postal Service
- Rockin' the Suburbs by Ben Folds
- Parachutes by Coldplay
- Demon Days by Gorillaz
- One of the Boys by Katy Perry
- A Fever You Can't Sweat Out by Panic! at The Disco
- Take My Home Tonight [soundtrack]
Additionally, Amazon.com is offering 15 different magazine subscriptions for $5 each now through October 11, 2011. (Warning: Most of the subscriptions are "auto-renewal" subscriptions; if you don't want to keep the subscription beyond a year, make sure you cancel before it renews.)
The selection includes:
Now through the end of Tuesday (September 27, 2011), Groupon is offering a 50% off deal for My Best Friend's Closet, a women's clothing store in Rockville, MD. According to their site, the store sells a combination of "new and recycled clothing," stocking popular brands from H&M and Forever 21 to Kate Spade and True Religion in sizes ranging from girls' 7/8 to women's 32.
Groupon is offering $40 towards merchandise at My Best Friend's Closet for $20. There are no apparent restrictions on what can be bought with the voucher; the only restrictions are a limit of one voucher per person and that the voucher cannot be combined with any other offers.
This voucher cannot be used online; you must go to the Rockville, MD, location to redeem the voucher.
Sound good to you? Head on over to snag your own voucher before the deal ends (or they sell out)!
Disclosure: The link above is my personal referral link for having bought the deal; if 3 or more people purchase the deal using my link, I'll get my deal for free. You can do the same by passing along your personal referral code to your friends after purchasing the deal.
Victoria's Secret currently has three offers running that, combined, will net you a pretty good deal.
1. You can save $15 on a purchase of $100.
Or spend $150 and save $30, spend $250 and save $75, spend $500 and save $150. You must use offer code FALL11 at checkout.
Limitations: Clearance merchandise, UGG® Australia, Frye®, gift cards, gift wrap & kits, store and previous purchases do not qualify toward offer eligibility. Shipping & handling and taxes do not qualify towards the minimum purchase. Ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, September 22, 2011 (tomorrow).
2. You can receive a free "Gorgeous" T-shirt with a purchase of $60 or more.
Add the Gorgeous Tee (item # 277-027) in the size of your choice to your shopping bag before checkout. You must use offer code GORGEOUS at checkout. (Or go to a Victoria's Secret store between September 22 and September 25.
Limitations: Gift cards, gift wrap & kits, shipping & handling and taxes do not qualify toward minimum purchase. Not valid on clearance merchandise, store or previous purchases. Ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 25, 2011.
3. You can receive $10 off your next online or catalog purchase by making a purchase now.
There is apparently no minimum purchase limit, at least according to the e-mail I received, nor does it appear that there are any restrictions on the original qualifying purchase or the purchase with the discount.
Limitations: The discount is only redeemable between October 1 and October 15, though the e-mails with the details and codes won't be sent until October 5, 2011. Qualifying purchases must be made by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 25, 2011.
As far as I can tell from the e-mail I received, all three of these offers can be combined (though their only overlap is online through tomorrow night, so you have just a day and a half to take advantage of the combo). Altogether, you can receive $142 worth of Victoria's Secret products ($100 initial purchase + $32-value T-shirt + $10 later purchase) for $75, not including taxes or shipping & handling. Not a bad deal, so if you need or want some Victoria's Secret products, now's the time to get them!
For today (9/13) only, St. Vincent's new album "Strange Mercy" is available for $3.99 (digital download, not CD) in the Amazon MP3 store. That's a great deal on its own.
But, through September 18, Amazon.com is also offering a $1.50 credit to be applied to any of 21 new indie albums, including St. Vincent's. That means you can get "Strange Mercy" in DRM-less MP3 form for only $2.49. That's an even better deal.
But hurry, because you can only get it at that super low price today.
Amazon.com offers a $3.99 digital album every day. The only other one I've purchased was Weird Al's "Alpocalypse" earlier this summer. Most of the albums they offer are good and by popular artists, but I get so much music for free (legally) and I'm not very particular about what I listen to that most of the time they're not worth it to me. But they are still good deals, so if you are a music aficionado, keep your eye out for their deals. You can follow Amazon MP3 on Facebook to stay updated on all their daily deals and other specials.
If you've ever shopped online or signed up for a store's membership club (and provided your correct e-mail address), you've probably received a flurry of "deals," "gifts," and offers around your birthday. But these birthday deals aren't always such a great deal after all. I figured I'd give you a run-down on all the birthday offers I've received and whether or not they're worthwhile.
- Best Buy: earn triple rewards points on any single regular-priced item
- This offer is a dud unless you need to buy not one, but two items from Best Buy in the immediate future. Personally, I almost never buy regular price items anywhere, so the chances that I'd be buying something at regular price near my birthday are slim. Even if I did have a regular price item to buy, it's even less likely that I'd need to buy something else from Best Buy not that long after, thereby applying the triple points earned and actually benefiting from this deal.
- American Eagle: enjoy 15% off your next purchase
+ This offer is significantly more useful than the Best Buy one. First of all, it provides me with a discount at the time of purchase, which means that even if that birthday trip is the only one I make to AE all year, I still benefit. Secondly, it's valid at American Eagle, Aerie, and 77Kids, both in stores and online. There are no restrictions regarding the merchandise it can be used for, meaning that I can buy only clearance items and still receive the extra 15% off. Finally, there's no restriction on the number of items, so I can get 15% off whether I buy one pair of $2.50 clearance underwear or 50 full-price T-shirts. Will I actually use it this year? Probably not, but I've definitely used it in the past.
- Rita's Italian Ice: one free regular Italian ice
+ Anything free is a good deal, especially free food. The only downside is that it's only valid for 7 days from when it's sent, so it expires 3 days after my birthday. That's a small window to take advantage of an offer. I'm going to try to use this one.
- Capitol City Brewing Company: $5 gift certificate
+ While you'll probably need to still spend some money, a flat $5 off my dinner tab is always welcome. It does require proof of ID when using it, and it can't be combined with any other offers, but it's valid for 30 days from when it's sent (which was a week before my birthday). I'm not too close to any locations anymore, but I might try to take advantage of this before it expires.
- World Market: $10 reward
+ Again, a flat monetary discount is always a welcome reward. This one requires only a minimum purchase of $10, pre-tax, which means I could buy some bags of pasta for only the cost of the tax, or I could take an extra $10 off a piece of furniture or some dishes. The deal is good online or in the store, applies to sale and regular price items, and the only items it can't be used for are alcohol and "kitchen electrics." I'll also try to take advantage of this one before it expires; it's valid for the whole birthday month.
- The Melting Pot: free chocolate fondue with purchase of any Big Night Out or the combination of two individual entrees and a cheese fondue
- I absolutely love the Melting Pot, but I think their birthday reward is kind of stingy. My husband is rather picky, so we usually only order one cheese fondue, one entree, and one chocolate fondue... in which case we wouldn't be able to use this deal. I'd rather get smaller amount deducted from my bill (like $5) than get something "free" that I can't even take advantage of.
- Magazines.com: $5 gift certificate
+ The $5 can be applied to any of the magazines available through Magazines.com, which means I could get a year's subscription to Good Housekeeping or Redbook for about $3.00 (about $8.00 for the 12-issue subscription, minus the $5 gift certificate). I'm not sure if I'll use this one this year, because most of the titles I would want to get would still be $8 or more after the discount (and I don't "need" magazines enough to warrant spending more than about $5 on them).