Black Friday

Holiday Shopping: From Turkey Coma to the Mall!

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So, after an incredibly enjoyable Thanksgiving feast and the obligatory “turkey coma”, I’m back here at the computer to getting ready for tomorrow’s early am shopping call. My sister-in-law and I have agreed that we are going out to Toys R Us and a couple of the big box retailers for kid’s Christmas gifts. Our misson is strictly toys, including the quest for the bike, Ninetendo deals and the Wii. That’s it. I have been played by two sweet little kids and there is nothing I can do about it. Armed with high-dose coffee, I will be on the way to the mall at 4:30 am. I can’t do the a full day of shopping. My goal is to go from 5 am to 7 am and then come back home with the goods, eat breakfast and sleep. Team Recessionista is getting a break this year as the head Recessionista, my 79 year old mother, is not joining our Black Friday excursion. We are heaving a sigh of relief, because no one does Black Friday like Mom. Last year she shopped from 4:30 am to 5:00 pm without a break. My sister-in-law and I both begged to go home, but she was relentless. Mom got every bargain on her list. And she managed to get the Christmas tree she wanted at JC Penney at the sale price. She just had to go to 3 or 4 JC Penneys until she found the tree. And that didn’t bother her at all, she wanted the tree advertised in the flyer. Mom survived the great depression and there is no way she is going to pay more for something if she does not have to. She wears us all out when she hits the mall in her special Reebok’s and track suit. Tomorrow her mission is to work the cyber toy angle from home, while we are at the mall. This is great news, since there is no way any of us can keep up with her at the mall.

So, I hope tomorrow is worthwhile and that our efforts will be rewarded.

Meanwhile, for those of you who are not willing the brave the crowds, here are a few coupon specials that I am passing on for tomorrow. There are more coupons and deals posted on the right of the post, so check those too.

Old Navy weekend sale, 3 days of Door busters

Rideau Vineyards use the Promo Code: (BLKFRIDAY) and receive 10% off

Unique Coffee Roasters Black Friday Sale ( great coffee sold at Zabar’s & TJ Maxx). This is a great coffee at a great price & I will be ordering online tomorrow!

Black Friday sales online so you can avoid the crowds.

H&M in store specials tomorrow am. Early birds get 20% off their entire purchase of $50 or more from store opening until 10am at all H&M stores in the United States on Friday, November 28th. Sign up here to learn more. is offering an extra 20% off all sale, regular & clearance items by entering the keycode DWMPER. If shoppers enter the keycode DWMBMS, they can get $10 off $50 or $15 off $75 purchases of any sale, regular & clearance priced items.


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.