Turkey today, shopping tomorrow. While everyone is loading up on food today and counting blessings there is also some ever so important shopping research being done in between courses to prep for the biggest sales day of the year: Black Friday These days most of us our shopping online, which has led to a competition amongst retailers. So to make your life a little easier I’ve rounded up 12 of the best Black Friday Deals for this weekend.
Subscriptions & Services
Plan to Eat
There are few subscriptions that I can’t honestly say I couldn’t get rid of. And Plan to Eat is near the top of the list. What is PTE? Well, it’s primarily a meal planning service, but it’s so much more than that.
For starters, you save recipes to your account using either a browser extension or by adding them by coping and pasting the URL (you can even create your own). Then, you can arrange the recipes on your calendar, so you know what to make and when. There’s even a freezer option where you can meal prep ahead. On top of that, they compile the ingredients you need in a list for shopping. It’s even portable with their app!
And guess what? Every year at Black Friday they run a 50% Off sale on their subscription – $19.50 for the year – and its extended to new users and preexisting ones! I make it habit to renew annually at this time. The sale starts on Friday November 29th and runs through Monday December 2nd. You even get a 30 day trial with the subscription at this price. Take advantage of this and sign up this weekend.
If you’ve been interested in starting a blog but were reluctant due to cost, now is the best time to start! Bluehost has an amazing early Black Friday sale that will save you up to 60% on WordPress hosting along with a free domain name for a year! Bluehost is one of the best hosting platforms for new bloggers and you just have to do a quick Google search to see the many recommendations across the Internet.
Tech for the Home
Smart thermostats are becoming a major player in keeping homes more energy efficient and more comfortable. As the owner of a Nest thermostat for over four years I can’t recommend this device enough. I think one of the best features is that it learns to lower the temperature at night and adjust accordingly during the day too.
Roomba i7 or 614
I’m going to be honest, I hate vacuuming. There’s just something about it that I don’t like, and when you have two dogs you often need to frequently. Especially if they shed quite a bit and you have mild out. Roomba has been an absolute godsend in our house. We started a few years ago with the 614 and this year upgraded to the i7 due to it having the ability to empty its contents into a larger unit. This allows for the Roomba to run more regularly and keep the floor much cleaner.
I’ll admit the i7 is definitely on the pricier side, but with current Black Friday sales it is retailing for a few hundred dollars less. But if that is out of your price range I would recommend the 614. This one can connect your phone and you can schedule when it runs, which is super helpful.
Sound bars have nearly replaced the living room surround sound system. These speakers looks small but they have an impressive range with a fraction of the space and installation difficulty. Now days they even integrate with smart services such as Google and Alexa.
The Nebula Soundbar is the latest release in Amazon’s Alexa line with Alexa’s features built right in. Not only that, but it also adds Fire TV to your television!
If your shopping for a Mac user who uses multiple devices I think you’ll find these will be deeply appreciated. Wireless Airpods are Apple’s bluetooth headphones, which sound great and can be used on multiple apple products with near seamless integration. I also love how if I remove one from my ear it pauses whatever I’m listening to.
Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker
I’ll admit I jumped the gun on this one. I actually bought this Tuesday at Walmart without checking at Target. And imagine my surprise when I found it for almost half the price!
This coffee maker is for those of us that prefer lattes in the morning, with the coffee being ready before we get downstairs. The Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker features a fold out milk frother and the ability to make iced coffee and specialty brews (more concentrated for lattes). Not only that but you don’t have to use coffee filters. I recently gave up our Keurig after realizing how much waste it was. This is a welcome addition to our new home.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
I realize this is an item that many ask for on their wedding registry, but for those of you who still don’t have a stand mixer I would take advantage of Black Friday pricing. The cheapest I’ve seen is at Target (if you’re not looking for a specialty color) coming in almost $200 less then retail value.
For the Craft Room
Cricut Explore Air 2
I’ve mentioned the Cricket Explore Air before in a previous post (click here if you’re looking for a free SVG file to use), but I really can’t recommend it enough for the savvy crafter. The Explore is the “lighter weight” model from cricket that does die cutting. It’s capable of cutting all sorts of paper, vinyl, bonded fabric, etc. (The list is over a 100 long, if your curious.)
Funny story: this was a Christmas item from parents last year. I had it on my Amazon Wish List and they opted to buy it. When they gave it to me there was this exact conversation:
Mom: Okay, I bought this for you and I still don’t know what it does.
Dad: I wrapped this and I still don’t know what it does.
Needless to say one of the first things I did was film a video of it cutting out a card and then writing thank you with a pen. Oh yeah, it will write as well as cut. Wedding invitations anyone?
Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl
Of course, if you’re getting a Cricut you’re going to need to get vinyl. I’ve recently acquired a love for HTV given it how well it binds and how easy it is to place. You can even adhere it to wood.
There are many brands out there but Siser comes recommended and is less expensive then Cricut per inch (yes, I did the math.) You’re going to want to stock up for all your holiday projects!
Colored Pencil Case
If you’re not into crafting and more into coloring then you probably have a large collection of colored pencils (I’m a Prismacolor girl myself). And you also probably know how it’s hard to keep track of your collection. That’s where this pencil case comes in. I have one that I store my watercolor pencils and it’s fantastic.
And For the Kid in All of Us…
Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
Okay, this one is technically not on sale (and I really wish it was), but I can’t help but adding it to the list. For the Harry Potter fans and Lego lovers I recommend this amazing Lego set of the Hogwarts Castle. It’s got multiple little scenes built in featuring everything from the Chamber of Secrets to the Great Hall to Umbridge’s Office! Be prepared for a challenge though. At 6020 pieces it’s going to take you a while to complete…but seriously, isn’t that half the fun?