Holiday Baker’s Twine Just $3.99 (Reg. $12.99)

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If you like making your gifts unique and all-fancy-schmancy, head over to Jane.com and check out this huge sale on Baker’s Twine! Each spool gives you 110 yards of soft, thick twine for your holidays gifts or crafting project. That’s 330 feet! And even better, they are only $3.99 – down from $12.99!

We’re delivering this extra special deal just for our Jane.com customers! Whether you’re wrapping treat bags, decorating punch glasses, or stringing up holiday cards, make your day (or year) sweeter when you twist it with these gorgeously fun twines.

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Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special DVD Just $5.09

Ice Age A Mammoth Christmas DVD

Just in time for the holidays, Amazon is offering Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special for just $5.09 on DVD and $7.99 on Blu-ray. Get FREE shipping when you spend $35 or more or with Amazon Prime or Amazon Mom. If you need help getting to the $35 threshold to qualify for free shipping, check out our add-on items deals that we updated as we find them!

Have you herd the news? Your favorite sub-zero heroes are back in a holiday adventure for the whole family! When Sid accidentally destroys Manny’s heirloom Christmas rock and ends up on Santa’s “naughty list,” he leads a hilarious quest to the North Pole to make things right and ends up making things much worse. Now it’s up to Manny and his prehistoric posse to band together and save Christmas for the entire world!

Amazon prices change constantly, so act fast when you see a deal!
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20 Black Friday Shopping Tips & Tricks

Black Friday Shopping Tips

If you’re heading out Black Friday shopping, I’ve got a few tips to help you out!

1. Bring these items:

  • A phone, fully charged
  • Plenty of cash and debit/credit cards.
  • The ads for the stores you’re going to.
  • Map or GPS
  • Snacks and drinks to keep in the car and your purse.
  • Hand sanitizer – just sayin

2. Make a list (or use envelopes). The more places you need to hit, the better prepared you’ll need to be. Include:

  • Store location
  • Black Friday store hours
  • Early Bird or Night Owl hours, if any
  • What you’re planning to buy there
  • Store price-matching and coupon policy
  • Store return policy
  • Coupons

3. Have a plan of attack – plan A and plan B. So, you’ve made a list and know exactly what stores you plan to hit up. But if the item you waited in line for has been snatched up, have a plan B to replace the one that got away.

4. If you’re shopping IN the store, get an early start! When it comes to shopping on Black Friday, the early bird does truly get the worm. Shop early in the day for the best inventory and selection.

5. Leave the kids at home. This is a no-brainer!

6. Don’t forget a GPS or map or GPS. You think you know where you’re going, but if roads are closed or under construction, you might be forced to try a new route – and the last thing you want is to get lost in the wee hours of the night on Black Friday!

7. Clean your car. There’s nothing worse than going to your first store, buying a bunch of Thanksgiving deals, and then realizing you have no room for them in your car. Make space in your trunk beforehand!

8. Don’t carpool! Manuevering the crowded parking lots is hard enough with one car, let alone two or three, and you’re likely to get split up. If your going with a group, load up in the car that’s the biggest and stick together!

9. Start tracking store sales in advance. Follow your favorite retailers on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest before Black Friday. Not only will they reveal details about sales before they happen, many stores will also offer exclusive discounts on those sites. In the past, stores like RadioShack have offered savings to shoppers who “checked in” with the brand on Foursquare, a common smartphone app.

10. Dress comfortably. Nothing is worse than being uncomfortable and hot while you’re shopping! Dress in comfortable, non-bulky clothes and wear a cross-body purse/bag. You’ll need your hands to grab those deals! I usually layer thermals and t-shirts as opposed to wearing a bulky jacket.

11. Don’t forget the ads. Bring sales ads with you so you can have them available if you need to call a store out on their “lowest price guarantee.” Most stores have a policy that will allow them to match or beat a lower advertised price, but will require you to show the ad as proof to process the price difference.

12. Get a gift receipt. If the item you’re purchasing is intended for someone else, you always want to included a gift receipt. In the event of return or exchange, they can do so without knowing how much money you spent on the item. While many stores do this automatically for holiday season purchases, be sure to always ask.

13. Map out where you want to go. It’ll be simple if you just plan on going to the mall, but if you want to hit up Target, Walmart, Best Buy and Petco in one day, you’re going to need a game plan. Once those doors open, all hell lets loose!

14. Shop online in the wee hours of Thanksgiving. Many sellers activate their online deals the day before—typically between 3 A.M. and 6 A.M. ET on Thursday morning. So if you have your eye on a particular product or store, look early that morning to see if the savings are live yet. Any sale will usually hold through Friday. True, prices may go lower on Cyber Monday (and you’re not likely to get an adjustment if that happens). But the odds of finding a good price are in your favor.

15. On Black Friday, start online. The prices on Friday can be awesome, but about 70% of Black Friday deals are also available online, and 78% of them come with a free shipping offer.Check just after midnight on Friday morning for new deals that didn’t go live on Thursday. Bonus: If an online retailer doesn’t have a physical store in your state, you may not have to pay sales tax.

16. Go for electronics. If you have a Blu-ray player or smartphone in mind, Black Friday is the day to shop, both online and in-store. Many of the deals on Black Friday are expected to be the best prices of the year. You need only compare prices at the nation’s low-price rivals, Amazon.com and Wal-Mart, to nab the best possible buys––especially for video games, Blu-ray movies, and electronics and gadgets. Television prices will be at their lowest, too. In general, the best deal will be on an off-brand flat-screen (like Best Buy’s house brand, Insignia), which is often discounted more deeply than a brand like Samsung.

17. Wait for Cyber Monday to purchase clothing. If you want a new outfit, hold off until Cyber Monday. Soft goods like cosmetics, shoes and apparel carry bigger discounts that day because retailers don’t want to compete with Friday’s giant tech bargains (a $5 shirt may not impress you when it’s next to a $200 TV). Last year Eddie Bauer gave 40% off on Cyber Monday, versus 30% on Black Friday.

18. Get the app. and follow your favorite stores on Twitter and Facebook. Chance are they’ll be posting deals, updates, and even coupons all weekend!

19. Don’t forget your coupons! Most retailers will allow you to use coupons on top of the sale prices! Follow your favorite stores on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for their mailing lists well in advance of the big day!

20. There’s is always Cyber Monday. For years I’ve been saying that the deals are just as good (if not better) the week following Thanksgiving, so enjoy your Thanksgiving, stay home, and shop in your pajamas!!

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FREE Holiday Bags At Sephora With Purchase!

Holiday Bags At Sephora

Sephora is offering their Beauty Insiders a FREE Holiday Party-Ready Bag, each filled with 11 samples, when you spend $35 or more online! You can choose one of three different bags. Just use Enter code PARTYPACK in the promotion code box during checkout. I love taking advantage of free-with-purchase deals like this, especially around the holidays! My daughter always has a few Sephora items on her Christmas list, and this is a great way to get two gifts in one!

If you’re not a Sephora Beauty Insider, I highly recommend it! It’s totally free, and you can join here. You’ll earn one point for every dollar you spend in-store and online, and you redeem those points for free rewards! Also, you’ll get a FREE gift on your birthday and I’ve always been more than happy with what I get!

I actually have a confession to make. As frugal as I am, I bigpuffyheart love Sephora and can spend way too much time and way too many dollars there. Seriously. It’s a problem.

  • The Nars Blush in orgasm is my favorite blush and lives up to it’s near-perfect reviews. They says it’s the perfect shade for every skin tone, and I believe it. It’s highly pigmented yet very forgiving, which means a little goes a long way, and it’s easy to apply. The problem with most highly pigmented blushes is that it’s way too easy to apply way too much, and that’s not the case with this. Also, it lasts forever, so you feel better about spending the $35 it’ll cost you. Trust me. That was very hard for me to do, but I’d do it again in a second. It’s that good!
  • The Hope In A Tube Eye & Lip Cream has been my go-to eye cream for years. I know…it’ says “lip cream”, and you can totally use it for that, but it’s an awesome eye cream! My main skin issue is dry, puffy eyes, which is hard to combat. Moisturizers plump your skin and make me more puffy, and most eye creams made for puffiness tighten skin, which makes me look more dry. This is the only eye cream that takes care of both – I LOVE IT!!

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