Scoring Deals on America’s Busiest Shopping Day

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9 Products and 3 Tips for Acing Black Friday

Last year was my first Black Friday experience, and I chose to go to a premium outlet in Portland, Oregon, where there is no sales tax. The night before, my friends and I planned to wake up by 7 a.m. with shopping lists in hand to maximize our day.

Instead of getting a good night’s rest to prepare for a busy day ahead, I was so excited that I couldn’t fall asleep. Meanwhile, my friends didn’t wake up until 10 a.m., and we didn’t leave our room until noon. After fighting traffic and arriving at the mall 5.5 hours later than expected, I found lines bursting through the doors and snaking around the side of the building.

After this experience, I realized I didn’t get the best deals that I could have because the cheapest-priced items on my list were gone. So, this year, to make sure you don’t go through the similar challenges as I did, I have created a list of affordable products to consider when shopping on Black Friday and tips to save you time and money.

Beatrix’s Tips for Surviving Black Friday:

Here are three things you should remember to do before and during Black Friday:

  1. Prepare your shopping list a few weeks prior to Black Friday and stick to what you have on the list because if you don’t, you might go over budget and buy what you don’t need. When it comes to electronics and appliances, it’s smart to do research and decide which specifications and brands you plan to buy beforehand.
  2. Browse the internet for coupons or gift cards for the stores that you plan to visit. is a reliable website to find gift cards for clothing, electronics and more.
  3. Plan to arrive at your shopping destination between 7 and 8 a.m. since there will be traffic on the highway, and many people stand in line early to get the best deals.

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1) Women’s fleece jacket

Why wait until winter to get a fleece jacket? It is not too late to buy discounted winter wear from name brands, such as REI. The closest REI store in Tacoma is at 3825 S. Steele St. Fleece jackets start as low as $49.95. If you are an REI co-op member, you can receive 20 percent off by using the code that they provide. The women’s fleece jacket comes in four colors: black, red, grey and green. If you buy it online, you should pick it up yourself to avoid the shipping fee.


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2) Men’s winter shoes

If you love good quality, high-top shoes with a simple design, I would recommend the Evan Smith Hi shoes. For $59.50, you can buy them in the Tacoma Mall at Tillys, Journeys and Zumiez. The shoe is perfect for winter season to keep your feet warm.


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3) Board game

Do you want to get a good deal on board games? Target is a good place to get cheaper board games, such as Jumanji, which is best played with four people. You can purchase it online for $15.99 which is discounted from $19.99. Unfortunately, board game can’t be shipped so you need to pick it up in stores.

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4) Cookware set

To save money, students often eat in and try to cook their own meals. However, the cooking process can take long time. To make your cooking life easier and save you time, JCPenney offers the cheapest price for T-fal brand pots and pans. You can get four pots, two pans and four measuring cups for $39.99, which is discounted from $150. JCPenney also sells Cooks pots and pans, which ranges from $49.99-$59.99, saving you anywhere between $140.01 and $150.01. This is a limited time offer available only online from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23.

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5) Handmade soap

Are you looking for an affordable gift for your parents or spouse?, an online marketplace for vintage and handmade gifts, offers a diversity of Black Friday deals. For example, Four Sisters Farm Soap Company presents handmade soaps in a variety of scents, including Winter’s Morning, Tea Tree and Farmhouse Kitchen.  The shop offers 30 percent off for 5-ounce bar soaps and free shipping across the U.S. This deal is available now through Cyber Monday.

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6) Christmas decorations

A Christmas tree is nothing without decorations. Get a head start looking for ornaments and festive floral stems. Starting Thursday, Michael’s is going to have Black Friday deals for all Christmas decorations. You can get 240 ornaments for $30 which saves you $60 from $90, the original price. Floral stems, such as Magnolia leaves, will be 60 percent off, and all Christmas ribbons will be 70 percent off.

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7) Wireless earbuds

If you are looking for new earbuds, it might be difficult to find because there are not many Black Friday deals for them. However, For Your Entertainment offers the best deals on earbuds in a variety of colors. The closest store is in the Tacoma Mall, but you can also purchase new earbuds on FYE’s website. For $14.99, you can get Hype True Wireless Earbuds and a charging case. This is one of the few brands that offers Black Friday deals on wireless earbuds.

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8) Gaming PC

Are you a gamer? If you are, it’s a good news because is selling high-quality electronics and also letting you build your own computer. This website has a variety of deals, including free shipping and 50 percent off if you use a gift card. The most affordable items include Gaming PC in Windows 10 Home with AMD Ryzen processor, which costs about $999, saving you $500.

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9) Fire HD 10 Tablet

If you have an Amazon Prime account, don’t miss this Black Friday deal. For $99.99, you can get a 32 GB Fire HD 10 Tablet. With free one-day shipping, you can get all of the features you want from the tablet, including entertainment and full HD display that you can use to watch different kinds of movies with your family during the Thanksgiving holiday.