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.
Since I'm not as big a shopper as Andréa, I tend to favor different stores than she does. She asked me to share my shopping tendencies.
Like Andréa, I like secondhand stores such as Salvation Army, Goodwill (although their prices aren't as good as Salvation Army), and Savers (I think they're only in New England) for super low prices, especially when shopping for something really basic like jeans. I get shopping fatigue really fast, however, so that kind of store can also be pretty overwhelming for me.
Unlike Andréa, I don't really like to shop at stores like TJMaxx and Marshalls, because they have that same overwhelming nature (crowded racks with all sorts of things on them), but their prices aren't as good as a thrift store.
Probably the stores that I enjoy shopping at the most are Old Navy, Target, and—slightly less—Kohl's, because those stores have decent prices and fairly basic stuff, but they also have organized racks so I don't have to look through every single item. Kohl's can get a bit crowded and messy, though.
I think I'm always trying to find a balance between easy shopping and finding a good bargain, because truly frugal shopping takes a lot of energy.
Juliana is back from China now, so she was able to "shop" for her new wardrobe from the options I had picked for her. (For more background, you can read the original mission, see all the pieces I bought for her, and view the sample outfits from the options.) In addition to purchasing many items from among her options, Juliana also received some of the pieces as birthday gifts from me and my parents and snagged some hand-me-downs from me and my mom that match her new wardrobe color scheme.
Juliana's going back to school with a total of 25 items for $75.00 out of her pocket.
If you want to read the nitty-gritty on brands and prices, continue reading.
I first heard of Old Navy a few years after it was founded, probably around 1998. One of my teen magazines had an editorial on where to find cute but inexpensive clothes, and one of the featured outfits was from Old Navy.
Not being near any Old Navy outposts or even having heard of the young store, I had no point of reference for the Gap offshoot, but I did have extensive experience visiting army/navy surplus stores and US Navy bases. So, my 12-year-old self assumed that Old Navy was not a new chain clothing store, but instead an army/navy surplus store of some kind.
I was quite confused as to why my magazine would be shopping at army/navy surplus stores in the first place, let alone including pieces from them in a national publication, since most surplus stores are fairly local.
It was probably a few more years before I saw my first Old Navy store, and another year or two after that before I finally made the connection. (Having gotten it in my mind that the featured outfit was from a surplus store, I quickly forgot the name of the store listed and remembered only that it was an army/navy store.)
Now, I shop at Old Navy fairly frequently — there's one in each of the malls and shopping plazas I go to — and I can't believe how I ever made such a funny mistake. At least no one else knows about it!
My sister Juliana recently asked me to help her create a new coordinated wardrobe. I know that one of her problems has been finding pieces that she can mix & match without having to worry about if they clash. As an architecture student, her pieces need to be able to transition from class to studio to presentations to fun with minimal effort. To demonstrate just a few ways the 36 new pieces I picked up for her can be mixed, I threw together 3 no-fuss outfits.
Outfit #2 totaled $37.00: $10.00 for the sweater, $10.00 for the tank top, $12.00 for the shorts, and $5.00 for the sandals, all from TJMaxx.
Outfit #3 was just $19.00: $7.00 for the T-shirt and $12.00 for the shorts, both from Marshalls.
Make sure to check back to see Juliana's final wardrobe picks!
My sister Juliana recently asked me to help her get pretty much a whole new, coordinated wardrobe. (Read the details of the mission here.) She set me a budget of $100, but I know she likes to be able to pick from choices, plus it's hard to know exactly what will work for another person, so I went over budget, knowing that many items would be returned.
All in all, I spent just around $300 for 36 items, providing a plethora of wardrobe options.
Read on for all the details on prices and stores.