I can’t sew everything we need, though I try to sew as much as I can!
Sometimes you have to buy things, like eyeglasses–or shoes–or fabric 🙂
Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) deals have helped me with the things I need.
One of the ways I make the most of those deals is to shop through Ebates. It’s a rebate site that gives you a percentage of your purchase back as a check. You go through the Ebates link to your favorite online store, and they give you a percentage back. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, however, they give double cash back (or more). Plus, they have coupon codes for your favorite online retailers that you can use to get more off of your total–which is likely to be on sale, too, because it’s Black Friday.
There are some things that I buy that almost never go on sale. My entire family has wide feet, so I have to buy shoes online. Wide shoes aren’t cheap, and most places don’t carry what I need anywhere locally. I will go through ebates for double cash back from Shoes.com or another retailer to get a discount on my children’s shoes.
Glasses are another thing that I can’t make. Zenni Optical has eyeglasses for as low as $6.95 for a complete pair of frames and lenses. You’ll need to see an eye doctor locally for an exam (make sure to have them right down your p/d with your prescription) and then you can order your glasses. If you go through Ebates, you’ll get a percentage back as well.
Ebates sends you a check with your refunds on a quarterly basis. If you’re new to Ebates, you can get a $10 gift card to Target or Home Depot when you sign up and make a minimum $25 purchase through their links within a month.
If there’s something you really want, do some comparison shopping online today. My camera was bought on an online Black Friday deal. I knew what I wanted, and we researched it and searched online that day for the best deal. I wasn’t looking for the top-of-the-line model; I wanted something inexpensive but yet good enough to take good enough pictures of my children that I would never spend money on getting photos taken again. If you’re shopping from home, you can compare prices for the item you need/want at several places online before making a final decision, and you don’t have to spend a penny on gas. Plus, you can start shopping in your pajamas and eat Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch.
If you’re leaving the house on Black Friday, consider packing a lunch (and a breakfast, if you leave really early!) Pack leftovers in a Thermos along with some leftover rolls from Thanksgiving, and take it with you. If you’re going to need breakfast, pack oatmeal instead, and take a turkey sandwich.
If you’re hitting the sales at Joann Fabrics, get a number at the cutting counter when you get there. I’ve seen 3-hour lines for the cutting counter that day. You can usually get a number and get all of your fabric in the cart, ready for cutting, while others are busy getting their fabric cut and standing in line. (If for some reason you’re not ready when they call your number, offer to trade your number with someone else in line who has been waiting for a while when they’re a couple of numbers ahead of yours). If there is fabric that is going to be on sale on both Friday and Saturday, go on Friday morning for better selections. If you want patterns, search the Butterick site ahead of time (Butterick patterns are .99 each this weekend) and write down what patterns you want and what size you need, so that you can go straight to the drawers to quickly get exactly what you need. If you’re buying embroidery thread, write down the general colors you want so that you remember all of them. Above all, remember to take your coupons, especially the one for 25% off your entire purchase, including sale items (this doesn’t include doorbuster deals). There is a 25% coupon in both the mailer and the newspaper (today’s paper).
|THX15||15% Off $50 or more (Excl sewing & emb. machines & Gift Cards) Can be applied to Black Friday Sale items. Exp 11:59 ET||11/26/2012 11:59 PM|
|Corner12||10% off 40 (excl sewing & emb. machines & Gift Cards. One-time use only) Exp 11:59 ET||1/26/2013 11:59 PM|
|THX20||20% Off $100 or more (Excl sewing & emb. machines & Gift Cards) Can be applied to Black Friday Sale items. Exp 11:59 ET||11/26/2012 11:59 PM|
|THX25||25% Off $200 or more (Excl sewing & emb. machines & Gift Cards) Can be applied to Black Friday Sale items. Exp 11:59 ET||11/26/2012 11:59 PM|
Then you can just stay home and sew. I already know what present I’m planning to sew on that day.
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