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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

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My Black Friday weekend shopping strategy (and favorite sale items!)

Love/hate Black Friday, anyone??! I don't have tons of time to spend chasing deals, but I do tend to save up shopping during fall waiting for some sales around Thanksgiving. Plus, every year I dream of being done with the Christmas shopping early! So I am doing a little Black Friday shopping this year and sharing my method (and favorite sales) with you!

Nowadays, Black Friday starts even before Thanksgiving. I know that doesn't make sense, but you'll see "Black Friday deals start now!" on tons of websites.

I used to do in-person Black Friday shopping because for a few years there I guess it was novel and fun... but I definitely don't have time or capability to do that now! So I shop a few favorite retailers online starting on/around Thanksgiving day.

My goals for Black Friday shopping are both finding gifts, and catching up buying things for Jason and me that I've neglected buying since summer sometimes! I need some more jeans, I look for deals on real leather shoes that come in wide widths, that sort of thing. So you'll see some sales for practical shopping as well as gifts in the list below! Plus, now I am on the hunt for a few things for our not-yet-fully-furnished home so I look at home sales for us, too.

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My Black Friday weekend shopping strategy


I keep a Google Docs spreadsheet of recipients, gifts, and how much I've spent so far. I start it usually sometime in the fall or as I think of gift ideas for hard-to-buy-for family members. So as the Black Friday sales start, I open up my spreadsheet.

Next, I check back at favorite retailers I've shopped before. For example, the past several years I know Old Navy has done 40-50% off everything and World Market has had 30-50% off online for throw pillows, toys, ornaments, candles, mugs, and BASKETS!--all things I might want to buy for myself or others! (THIS is my favorite mug!)

Then I set a time limit and open up lots of tabs where I look for things on the gift spreadsheet, and look for ideas to fill in more of the recipients. I also keep a mental list of pieces for our home I've been interested in, and check if they are on sale!

Here are my favorite sales that I think you'll enjoy, too!

Home + Gifts


Amazon.com Black Friday 2018 deals across the site including Amazon devices! And this great Instant Pot deal.

Art To Frames: 15% off everything - custom framing, plus every kind of frame you could want, with code BFRIDAY (I used them for the frames in our bedroom!)

CB2: 15% off your purchase with code SAVE15 (I love this flush mount light!)

H&M Home: 20% off your purchase plus free shipping with code 3240

McGee & Co: 20% off everything

Target: deals across the site including 40% off furniture and decor plus an extra 15% many items

Urban Outfitters: BOGO 50% off (this is great for things you might want two of! Some faves below)


Wal-Mart: Black Friday deals for home, electronics, and more

Wayfair: sales across the site, up to 80% off

West Elm: Lots of items on sale plus up to extra 30% off

World Market: 30-50% off tons of home and gift items. You will have to check this one out for yourself cause there are SO many good items and deals! Here is a teeny tiny sample! Also save 40% off all furniture with FURNDEAL through 11/25!

Crate&Barrel and Crate&Kids: 20-40% off lots of items. I am seriously considering these!


Clothing


Abercrombie & Fitch: 50% off your order plus free shipping no minimum. Some faves below!


American Eagle: 40% off plus free shipping no minimum

Banana Republic Factory: 60% off your purchase plus extra 15% off with code BLKFRI. Great time to get work clothes!

Express: 50% off everything plus free shipping no minimum

Gap: 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY plus extra 10% off with TREAT. Also doorbusters from $10 including some great flannel PJs!

Gap Factory: 60% off everything plus doorbusters from $5.99

H&M: 20% off your purchase plus free shipping with code 3240

J.Crew: 50% off your entire purchase with code TGIF

Loft: 50% off everything with code THANKS. So many good sweaters and that is an amazing deal!

Madewell: 25% off your purchase

Old Navy: 50% off whole store. So many good finds here!

Target: deals across the site including my fave high-waisted jeans and basic tees! (I keep it real simple...!)

I honestly don't BUY things very often so I don't mind spending a lot more on Black Friday weekend than usual--as long as they are things we really need. I know it can be overwhelming, but I hope this list and tips help!

Here are all these fave products this Black Friday!

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