Black Friday

Black Friday Deals: A Man Made Monster Is On The Loose

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Yes, friends a man-made monster is indeed on the loose and is coming to a city near you. Look out, its Black Friday, coming this Friday, Nov. 27th. This shopping catastrophe of in-store overcrowding is on the rampage. It will leave carnage in its wake and shoppers sleeping in their cars overnight. Although many stores already started their “Black Friday” deals early (ala Sears), many more are still to come. The contagion known as Black Friday takes over the mild mannered, luring them out to malls in the US at 4am and 5am, in a mad rush to get into the store early for door buster specials and promises like “the first 50 customers in the store will receive “…… fill in the blank.

Although the economy is still wobbly, and an overall wallet clampdown has been going on, many won’t be able to resist the siren’s call of Black Friday. If you are thinking of rousing yourself from a tryptophan (sleep inducing) turkey coma to head to the store, here is a little list of deals compiled via The Recessionista’s radar system. I’m breaking it down into categories, to try to bring you the best savings. Here we go!


H&M :
Most H&M stores will open at 6am; some will open as early as 5am
Black Friday Specials:

  • 25% off any item of your choice from opening until 10AM
  • Fashion finds starting at $5 (example pricing included below)
  • Select outerwear styles at 50% percent off

What you can expect at H&M:

  • Ladies: Knitted shrugs from $24.95 to $5.00, Knitted dresses from $34.95 to $10.00, Party dresses from $39.95 to $15.00
  • Men’s: Patterned shirts from $29.95 to $10.00, Merino wool sweaters from $39.95 to $15.00, Knit pullovers from $24.95 to $10.00
  • Kids: Little girls sweaters $17.95 to $5.00: Little Boys trousers from $17.95 to $5.00
  • Ladies/Men’s (Unisex): Winter knit accessories $14.95 to $5.00

Literally there is something for everyone at this sale. Clothing and accessories for the entire family and all ages. There are 300 Black Friday preview deals posted at Kohl’ Click here to check them! Look for discounts on Simply Vera, Dana and more.

Martin + Osa: On Thanksgiving weekend, Martin + Osa will be offering all denim (regularly priced at $89.50 – $120) and cashmere (regularly priced at $130 – $170) at a special promotional price of $59 each. The in-store sale starts on November 27 and at 12am on November 26 on the website. I don’t own any Martin and Osa denim, but they sent me a sample of one of their silk scarves, and it is 2die4! 🙂

Ann Taylor Loft:
Sale already in progress. Check out their $29.50 style steals and use code TURKEY at checkout. There is lots of holiday bling jewelery ala Heidi Klum. And if you missed the Jimmy Choo sequined tank top at H&M, then Ann has something special for you. Check out this Sequin tank (available in silver, gold and black) for $59.50 USD.

Pictured: Holiday Cheer from Ann Taylor Loft ($59.50 )

Their sale is early, Nov. 25th. You’ll save an extra 20% off of their already low prices. Click here to see the coupon. Love me some Loehmann’s. I wore an Alice Temperley dress I picked up at Loehmann’s to the Stevie Awards.

Tracy Porter: The website is having a 50% off clearance. Check her beautiful designs for the holidays. Some are truly amazing, and her prices have never been lower.

Macy’s: Savings throughout the store. Also, clip the savings pass on their website. Check their website to see 250 items that will be on sale at 5 am at and in-store. More deals are coming the week of Dec. 2nd. Did you get your friends and family discount cards in the mail today? I did. I am going to Macy’s next week for that! I have my eye on this INC. Cardigan. Does this not look like Coco Chanel?

Pictured: Coco-Less, Macy’s INC. Fringe Trim Cardigan Sweater is $89.00

JCPenney: Savings on Nicole Miller, Ronson and Bisou Bisou. Check their Facebook contest for a chance to score a shopping spree.

GAP: The Gap will offer a buy-one, get-one-free sale for adult sweaters, kid’s fleeces, and pajama pants beginning November 25.

BCBG: Check the online final cut outlet. Look for savings in-store too, on quality items.

Espirt: Esprit Retail Stores will be opening early and offering 50% before 12pm and 40% off after. Check the Espirt website for details.

Betsey Johnson: 40% off everything in the online store (excluding jewelry, and select other items, check restrictions) from November 27-30.
Nordstrom’s Rack: Take add’l 25% off women’s & men’s sweaters. 11/27 only. Handbags & small leather goods. Select styles from best brands, 29.97–249.97, compare @ 55.00–495.00.
Check their Facebook page for details.
Saks Fifth Ave: 8 AM – Noon in Saks stores (all day Thursday and Friday at to 60% off original prices on selections for her & him, Get a $25 Gift Card when you spend $100 on cosmetics/fragrances. Get $100 off when you spend $400 in women’s contemporary, 40% off select coats and 50% off holiday food.
Shoes & Handbags

Nine West is offering great savings in stores and on site. Beginning at 5am online on Friday November 27th, the Bonfire, Polen, Husky and Mezmorize styles ( will be 50% off until 11 am. After 11 am, the styles will still be 30% off. Additionally, Nine West is partnering with St Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the 6th consecutive year. Donate $1 or more in store or at, you’ll receive a coupon for 20% off your next purchase in January. 30% off Reg. Price Boots, Slippers, and Accessories – over 9,000 styles from over 100 brands!

Big Box Stores:

Walmart: Check their online site for the post on the coming savings. Most of it will be offered online, as well as in-store. Look for the Norma Kamali collection in-store. There are new swimsuits and holiday items online now. This is the best of Wally, the NK stuff.

Best Buy: I haven’t looked through their entire ad, but I have to mention their Apple Mac sale. Tomorrow, Nov. 25th, is the last day. The prices on Macs are cheaper than at the Apple store. And if you are a teacher/educator, ask if you can receive an additional discount 🙂 The Macs are cheaper today and tomorrow, than they will be on Black Friday! Check for instant discounts across the entire Mac product line.

Sears: Black Friday deals start at 9pm EST Nov. 25th on their website.
Kmart: Check out the cashmere in the Jaclyn Smith collection just top-rated by Real Simple Magazine. Their website is offering extra savings of 50% off of Toys, specials on Electronics and more. Check the Kmart site homepage for details.

Kohl’s: The store’s entire stock of videogames will be discounted 20% to 30%. Items normally $19.99 to $24.99 will be $15.99 to $19.99.


JC Penney has Sephora Door Busters starting at 4 am. They have a gift set for just $15.00 chock full of goodies.

Avon: They just sent me some sample of their Couture Color Cosmetics from their U by Unargo line. Who knew Avon had Unargo cosmetics? I am loving the face powder. There are also lipsticks, but they only come in 3 colors right now. The prices are reasonable and the quality is good, on the level of more expensive brands like Estee Lauder and Clinique. There is a special offer of a key fob with purchase.

Pictured: Avon’s U by Unargo face powder. Luxury for Less.


Loehmann’s: Doors open 6am on Friday & 8am on Saturday (Paramus, NJ stores open at 7am on Friday.) Expect Thanksgiving deals at up to 84% off department store prices. The first 400 customers in store Friday & Saturday receive a $25 coupon good on a purchase of $50 or more!* (Check Loehmann’s website for details.)

Old Navy will offer doorbusters, including a free Rock Band guitar for the first few customers in line on Thanksgiving Day, $15 sweaters, and 50 percent off outerwear.

Victoria’s Secret will have “Pink Friday” specials beginning at 5 a.m. on Black Friday, with select stores opening at midnight. A “free” Victoria Secret tote is offered with a $60 purchase.

Bath & Body Works will offer a VIP Bag that contains over $100 worth of products for $15 with a $40 purchase in its stores. The doors open at 6 a.m.

Toys “R” Us: $50 gift card with the purchase of an iPod touch. Be prepared for long wait times in store and at the register if you do this one. It takes longer to purchase than to get your doorbuster item, that is how long the lines are! If you are willing to face it because of love for the kids, then visit the Toys “R” Us Facebook page at midnight on November 23 or take a look at 100 additional “Mystery Deals” on at midnight on November 25. Get prepared. You need to check the deals before you stand in the cold in line at the Toys R Us with the dedicated eBayers.


Los Angeles: Midnight Madnesss
Camarillo and Desert Hills Premium Outlets Kick Off Black Friday
With Stores Opening at Midnight on Nov. 27th.
For a complete listing of promotions for the whole weekend visit: Camarillo and Desert Hills outlet websites.
Check for Premium or Chelsea Outlets in your area to see if they are having midnight madness specials.

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That’s all folks!


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.

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