Are you ready for Black Friday week??

Alright, my darlings, that very special time of year is nearly here. I’m watching the Amazon Lightning Deals like a hawk (you should be, too) and I spent my morning going through closets. Why? That’s where I squirrel away 1) stocking stuffers for my family and 2) goodies for Big Prize Week here at Want Not. When I was done, I had discovered a few things I’m pretty sure I bought last year and forgot to give my kids (oops!) and also my oldest surveyed the stash of generously donated prizes for next week and said, “Man, your readers are lucky.”

If you’re new ’round these parts—or if my recent decreased posting due to that whole Real Job™ thing has you worried that I won’t be repeating years past—buckle in for a week of me playing Santa. This is, bar none, my favorite week of the year, and just a small way I like to give back to all of you for hanging around here with me.

Here’s what you need to know:
1) Every day next week, beginning on Monday, November 25th, I will be holding a random drawing for a spectacular prize (or two, who knows).
2) Each prize post will go up at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time and be open for entry (via a comment) until 8:00 p.m. Eastern that evening. I will determine the winner(s) each evening via my my handy-dandy plugin winner-picker and announce and notify.
3) Every giveaway is governed by the contest rules and regulations which basically boil down to “this is supposed to be fun, don’t be a jerk about it.”
4) If you haven’t been around for previous Big Prize Weeks, there are certain types of items I tend to offer every year, and the week will consist of a variety of items, culminating in a Really Big Prize on Black Friday, because that’s how I roll. [Bonus: This year I will also be offering a Cyber Monday prize giveaway thanks to a very cool and generous prize donation.]
5) Additionally, I do nothing on Black Friday except park myself here at the computer and post deals for about 16 hours, because I would rather be eaten by a python than brave the stores on Black Friday. If you want great deals but don’t want to leave the house, plan to join me. I’ll hook you up.

Are you ready? I’m excited!

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And here’s a Tab tip

I offer this with the caveat that I know nothing about this unit, personally, but it does seem to be very highly rated among folks who like Android tablets. Alert reader Katie just emailed me to say that she’s been price-stalking the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and it just dropped to $230 at Amazon (its lowest price ever). That’s in white; you’ll pay more for the black.

If you’re in the market, that definitely seems like the price to beat. Thanks for the tip, Katie! You’re looking ravishing today!

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Today’s the day for bedding deals

In addition to running free shipping as a holiday bonus, Target has started running daily specials, too. Today it’s 40% off bedding!

Maybe you don’t need bedding for gifts, but, um, just for instance, say you got into bed the other night and put your fingers right through a tear in the top sheet you didn’t know was there. Maybe it’s time for new sheets, then. I mean, theoretically. (Also, theoretically, maybe you should not be letting the dog with super-sharp teeth sleep in your bed. Just sayin’.)

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It’s The Body Shop time!

Whether you love their products, yourself (for me, it’s the Tea Tree Oil masque and face wash as necessities, and the body butters as luxury), or need gifts, now’s the time to scoop it all up at The Body Shop—just about everything is 40% off (and some stuff is actually 50% off).

Um, hello chocomania lip butter…. (Stocking stuffers!)

Shipping is free on $50+. Not that I’ve ever had a problem getting to $50 there….

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The final frontier (of book nerdery)

If you have a Star Trek aficionado on your gift list, run, don’t walk, to grab this Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years hardcover gift set for just $19.99 at Amazon right now.

The list price is supposedly $100. That’s a bit overblown, but before today it was regularly selling for around $60, so that’s still about 66% off.

You get the book (geeky) along with a pedestal display with lights and sounds (super geeky), as well as an envelope containing 5 removable artifacts (ultra-geeky). For the die-hard Trekkie, this volume is a must.

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Aaaaaall the food storage (and no lost lids)

You’re keeping an eye on the Amazon Gold Box and Lightning Deals, right? Today’s Bonus Deal of the Day is this Rubbermaid 42-piece snap-lid food storage set at just $14.99—its lowest price ever.

These plastic containers are freezer/microwave/dishwasher safe and BPA-free, and the lids lock onto the container bottoms so that you don’t have to go digging around to find them. Of course, they do not come with a guarantee that the teenager tasked with emptying the dishwasher won’t just chuck everything into the cabinet willy-nilly, but they’re convenient, not magic.

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Let Children’s Place pay for your Tiny Prints

Small children growing faster than you can keep them in clothes? Have no fear; Children’s Place is here to make sure your up-to-size-14 kids always have something cute and affordable to wear. Right now you can use coupon code 25SAVINGS3 to take 25% off your entire order, plus you’ll get free shipping on $50+ (otherwise shipping is a flat $5).

Better still: Right now, when you order $30+ worth of merchandise, they’ll email you a code for $30 off your order at Tiny Prints, which means you can get the clothes your kids need and basically count them as free once you go shop for your holiday cards or whatever else you need. Awesome bonus!

Of course, my kids are too big for Children’s Place and I haven’t sent out holiday cards in years, so I will just have to live vicariously through those of you who 1) have smaller children and 2) are more organized.

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Clearance on my favorite face product

If you know me, you know I’m unlikely to spend $60 on a beauty product. (Scratch that; I have never spent that kind of money on a beauty product.) So when I received a bottle of Fei’d as a product sample years ago, I was pretty much afraid to even open it because was I going to spend $60 for another one? Nope.

I ended up not trying it for years past when I got it (long story), and just started using it a couple of months ago. And then I went to my husband one night and said, “I have a terrible confession to make. I started using this really expensive face lotion and I love it. I think I need to buy more.” He noted that my skin looked pretty amazing, but did blanch a little when I told him what it costs. I have a lot of acne scarring and rosacea and Fei’d has just… used those magical Eastern botanicals to create something that actually works to make my skin look healthier and more even (and it doesn’t make me break out, either). I have—no lie—been agonizing over buying more for weeks. Because I love it, but it’s so expensive.

And then, voila! The product creator mailed me this morning to let me know that they’re clearancing out 2014 stock to make room for new product, and right now you can use coupon code CLEARANCE to order Fei’d for 80% off. Each bottle is now just $12. I went and ordered before I even finished reading the email. (Bonus tip: I fooled around with the number of bottles a bit before finalizing my order; order 3+ and you’ll get free shipping.)

If you’re interested, you can read the whole Fei’d story (including about their charitable involvement) on the site. This is a great deal on a product I really love. If you have “problem” skin like I do, finding something that works feels like a celebration. Finding something that works and is available for 80% off is pretty much a miracle.

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It’s a broad definition

Sure, you shop at mostly for shoes, and maybe sometimes for clothing… but every now and then, they have a blowout sale on other stuff. Like today! Click on the “up to 60% off holiday-ready kitchen essentials” square on their splash page and you’ll be taken to… well, a lot more than kitchen stuff. Serveware and the like, sure—tons of BIA Cordon Bleu dishes and ramekins and such—but also sheets, towels, and an assortment of other home goods at deeply discounted prices.

There’s a lot of beautiful stemware, too. Maybe your relatives are coming for the holidays. Maybe you want to drink a whole lot set a beautiful table for them. I don’t judge.

Don’t forget—free shipping on every order, too!

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Skip Hop in the Lightning Deals

You are keeping an eye on the Amazon Lightning Deals lately, right? They’ve started ramping up the deals in their Countdown to Black Friday, and in just a few minutes they have a huge batch of Skip Hop goodies coming up. (I see it that way because I have Prime; it may launch later for non-Prime member.)

I just keep that page open all day, now. Good stuff coming up!

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