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Cyber Monday at the department stores

Bear in mind that we’re not going to see too many deals different from the ones that were available on Friday, but if you missed some (or have added items to your list), they’re worth checking out.

Kohls is no longer doing the Kohls Cash bonus they had last week, but there’s tons of doorbusters and coupon code BUYNOW20 gives you an extra 20% off, plus you can stack code MONDAY for an extra $10 off $50+, plus all orders of $25+ ship for free (or choose free store pickup).

Macy’s is also doing free shipping on $25+, plus you can use coupon code CYBER for an extra 20% off almost everything.

If JC Penney is more your thing, coupon code SHOPNOW8 is taking 35% off $100+ or 25% off, otherwise.

Bealls has their deals out, plus coupon code CYBER30 will save you an additional 30% and give you free shipping on $25+.

That should keep you busy for a while….

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Heads up, Harry Potter fans!

If you love all things Harry Potter… well, please come sit by me. But you also may be interested to know that you not only want the following books, these prices make it an easy decision:

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic just hit an all-time low price of $6.70 at Amazon, which is pretty impressive considering that it just came out last month.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just dropped to its lowest price yet of $15.74, and it’s only been out for a few weeks!

And finally, if you’re looking forward to A Magical Yearbook: A Cinematic Journey: Imagine, Draw, Create (J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World), it’s currently at a guaranteed pre-order price of $8.60 (that’s 34% off list price, and if it goes any lower, you’ll get the lowest price). That’s a lot of supplemental Harry Potter love for your home (or gifting) library, and I am here for it.

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Looking for LEGO?

There were many, many years when a Christmas without LEGO would’ve been unthinkable in our house. Truth be told, I kind of miss it. (I don’t miss stepping on pieces, though. Just the excitement part.)

I’ve got a couple of LEGO deal options for you today: First, there’s all kinds of deals on LEGO happening today at Toys ‘R’ Us online (meaning you don’t have to go to the store on Black Friday, praise the heavens above), and it looks like in addition to free shipping on $29+ there, all LEGO construction sets are shipping for free.

However, you may be able to do even better than those deals—it turns out that Toys ‘R’ Us is also a Rakuten seller, and although they’re offering the same prices over there, Rakuten also has coupon code BF20 for an additional 20% off there, today. The one catch is that I can’t seem to figure out what gets you free shipping on the Rakuten sets. Some of the pricier ones seem to ship for free, sometimes putting three in your cart gets you free shipping… it’s hard to tell, is all. So look around at both sites and see where you can get the better deal.

Also, may I then suggest a pair of slipper with a study sole? You’ll thank me later.

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Don’t forget the socks!

Everyone finds some awesome socks either in the stockings or under the tree on Christmas morning, right? It’s not just my family?

Black Friday is happening at Happy Socks right now, and that means 40% off and free shipping. These are pricier than Big Box Store socks, yes, but (in my experience) better made, plus they come in a never-ending assortment of unique designs. With a deal like this, I can justify a few pairs just to help Santa out.

Bonus: It’s not just socks! they have super cute undies, too.

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Rocking it out with the Gap family of stores

Black Friday has hit the Gap stores, and I am thrilled—I have an Old Navy gift card I’ve been waiting to use. On the one hand, I love the shared basked across stores where the minimum shipping amount can be combined between brands. On the other hand, I hate that I have to get to a $50 minimum to get it. But today, it’s a $50 minimum not counting automatic savings, which means I’m not having any trouble getting to $25 and that sweet free shipping. Woo! Also, I bet you can gauge the relative fanciness of each label based upon how they’re doing Black Friday.

Alright, here’s the lowdown:

Everything is automatically 50% off at Old Navy. Magic!

On the other hand, at Gap you’ll have to apply coupon code BLKFRIDAY for your 50% off (whyyyyyyy, Gap?), but then you can also apply coupon code JUST4YOU for an additional 10% off. (Y’all, Gap’s just being difficult.)

Over at Banana Republic, the 50% off savings are automatic, but only on regular-price merchandise, because they’re Banana Republic.

And finally, at Athleta, you can use coupon code BLISS for just 20% off, which is not too bad when you consider they almost never have codes.

I’m spending my card and getting my kid some jeans, because I’m wild like that. But you do you.

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Lands’ End does Black Friday right

Hooray for the best sale of the year at Lands’ End! Today only, take 50% off your entire order there with coupon code FRIDAY and PIN 2565. The discount does work on Sale/Clearance items, but be aware that it does not work on anything labeled “Buy More and Save.”

Shipping is free on your $50+ order, and don’t forget that you can always return items at your local Sears store. Y’know, just in case your order ends up being close to $50… just throwing that out there.

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Gooood morning! Happy Black Friday!

Good morning, shoppers! I’m up, Duncan is fed (I am not allowed to do anything until His Highness has had his kibble), and I’m ready to scope out the deals.

First up: Free shipping is back at, and today only, you can use coupon code 10BLACKFRI for an additional 10% off their already ridiculously low prices.

It doesn’t look like they’re doing hourly $24 mystery deals today (sad trombone), but there is a crop of “Mystery Deals” you can click to reveal which are exceptionally low pricing.

Alright, let’s get this party started.

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I love early deals, but this is ridiculous

When they started offering all kinds of Black Friday deals online as well as in-store, I was thrilled. And when they started making those deals available the day before, so that you could sit down after everyone had gone home and the dishes were done and do a little shopping even before the “big day,” I liked that, too.

But Kohls has just gone nuts. It’s only Tuesday and their Black Friday deals are already online. I mean, that’s good? I guess? But it’s weird. I have even made the pies yet.

So here’s what’s already happening, and will continue through Black Friday:
* Deals and Door Busters are already live
* You’ll get $15 Kohls Cash for every $50 you spend
* Free shipping for everyone at $50+
* Coupon code SAVEBIG15 takes an additional 15% off your order

I can’t promise you there won’t be a bigger percent-off coupon on Friday, of course, but if there’s something you really want/need and you’re worried about a deal selling out, you might want to start your shopping now.

Last year during this sale I got a really good Shark vacuum for a song. If you’re in the market for an even better one than the model I snagged last year, their best deal is on this Shark Rotator Pro, which is marked down to $200, and you’ll get another $30 off with the coupon and earn $45 in Kohls Cash, effectively making it $125. (For reference, the cheapest I’m seeing on this model at Amazon is around $220, but at least it’s averaging 4.3/5 stars with over 500 reviews.)

But hey, maybe you don’t need a vacuum. That’s fine—everything else is on sale, too!

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Crazy deal on the Sphero BB-8

I was never one for big-ticket toys for my kids, but that’s because I’m a curmudgeon, and also because when my kids were little, we didn’t have nearly as much cool stuff as you can find now.

The last few years, the Sphero robots have become hot commodities for kids because they can learn to program them to do cool things, but the only thing cooler than Sphero is when Sphero does Star Wars. Today a certified refurbished Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid with Force Band is available over on Electronics.Woot for just $85 plus $5 shipped. I’ll confess that my first thought was “Well, that’s probably only $10 off the regular price,” but I was wrong. Very wrong. The same model is currently $180 new from the cheapest Amazon seller (or $117 used from the Warehouse Deals), so this is a great deal and will probably sell out.

(A quick note on refurbishing: I am all for certified refurbs, as they come with the same warranty as brand new, and often at a huge discount, like this. Up to you whether you think your kid might be upset by it, of course.)

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One day steals, to warm you up for next week!

I’ll confess that dropped down several notches on my “favorite bargain places” when they stopped offering free shipping on every order. I mean, yes, the prices are still amazing, and free shipping on 2+ items or $50+ is still pretty good, but I just… stopped checking over there as often.

Well! I’m glad I checked today, because they’ve got a one-day-only section of items eligible for an additional 50% off. Clearing out for Black Friday? Just checking to see who’s around? I don’t know, and I don’t care. With the additional savings, items start at just a few bucks, which means I can always add a pair of eligible socks to my order if I only find one thing I need.

Then again, with prices like these, I don’t think finding at least two things is going to be a problem….

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