Microsoft: Black Friday Deals (Fitbit, Gaming Consoles, $39 Phone, $99 Tablet, More!)

Microsoft Store
The Microsoft Store has made navigating their Black Friday sale very straight-forward: they’ve listed out the exact deals on their website, along with the date the items will go live. This makes “pre-shopping” much easier for you! Note that the first deal (the HP Stream tablet) has already gone live.

Here are the deals, and the dates they will go live. Note that I’ve highlighted my personal favorites in red, but additional deals may pop at you, too!

Friday, November 21st

Microsoft Store

The newly released HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet is priced at just $99, making it a very attractive and affordable option for gift giving. As a bonus, it comes with Office 365 – a value of $69.99!

Monday, November 24th

Nokia Lumia HP Stream Laptop - Microsoft Black Friday Deals

AT&T – Nokia Lumia 635 (Black) – No Contract: starting at just $39! This phone is typically $99! You may wish to read my review about the Windows phone (though it was a different model). I think this could be a very solid deal if you’re looking for an inexpensive phone perhaps for a tween or teen on your list this year.

HP Stream 13 Signature Edition Laptop: currently priced at  $229, so if I were to guess, this puppy’s gonna drop below $200, which is a good deal for a laptop in my book! (Even better if it hits closer to the $150 mark.)

Project Standard 2013: $87 off (current price is $589.99)

Visio Standard 2013: $45 off (current price is $299.99)

Visual Studio Professional 2013 with MSDN (New): $179 off (current price is $1,199.99)

Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 with MSDN (New): $1,994 off (current price is $13,299.00)

Thursday, November 27th

Surface Pro Black Friday Sale Microsoft StoreThe biggest day of deals for the Microsoft Store in the next week is going to happen on Thanksgiving. (Ironically I don’t see a single deal actually falling ON Black Friday!) If you have your eye on a tablet or Xbox One Bundle – this is going to be the day you are going to want to most pay attention to.

Surface Pro 3 – 256GB (Intel i5): $100 off (current price is $1,299.99) **Discounts on this product very rare!**

Surface Pro 3 – 256GB (Intel i7): $150 off (current price is $1,394.10) **Discounts on this product very rare!**

Surface Pro 3 – 512GB (Intel i7): $150 off (current price is $1,949.00) **Discounts on this product very rare!**

Surface 2: $150 off (current price is $449)

Dell Inspiron 20 3043-1252BLK Signature Edition All-in-One: $299 (current price is $449)

Dell Inspiron 15 i15547-5033sLV Signature Edition Laptop: $399 (current price is $599)

Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012 64GB Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC: $299 (current price is $349)

Dell 28-inch Ultra HD 4K Monitor + Surface Pro 3 Docking Station Bundle: $499 (current price is $699.98)

Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed Bundle: $429.99 + free game (current price is $449.99)

Xbox One Bundle - Microsoft Black Friday Doorbuster Deal

Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle: $329 + free game (current price is $349.99)

Xbox 360 4GB and Peggle 2 Bundle: $129.99 + free game (current price $179.99)

Xbox 360 4GB Console: $129.99 + free game (current price: $179.99)

Xbox One Games - Microsoft Black Friday DealXbox One Games: starting at $14.99 (you can see the full list of participating games and Black Friday pricing now)

Xbox 360 Games: starting at $4.99

Xbox Live 12-month Membership: $49.99 (current price is $59.99)

Xbox Live 3-month Membership: $14.99 (current price is $24.99)

Xbox Accessories: starting at $14.99

Speakers: starting at $19.99

Headphones: starting at $9.99

Fitbit Flex - Microsoft Black Friday Deal


Wearables: starting at $79.99 – included in this line-up: Fitbit Flex for $79.99, Garmin Forerunner 10 for $79.99, and Jawbone for $79.99 (there are others – check out all the eligible items!) I bought a Garmin Forerunner this year (the 15) and paid a LOT more than $79.99 for it and it has been hands down, the best purchase I’ve made to improve my running (besides my Asics, of course!).

MakerBot Mini 3D Printer: $100 off (current price is $1,375)

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer – Fifth Generation: $200 off (current price is $2,899)

I’d love to know which of these deals catches your eye the most? Are you hoping to snag any of these deals as they come live?


Groupon Pre-Black Friday: Swarovski Crystal Earrings, Nikon Coolpix, Frozen Dress-up and more!

Groupon - Pre-Black Friday Doorbusters

Following suit with many online retailers, Groupon has released a number of Pre-Black Friday Doorbusters today.

I’ve gone through the list and wanted to highlight a few that I think are particularly competitive deals:

Disney Frozen Dress up - Groupon Pre-Black Friday Doorbuster


Disney’s Frozen Dress-up Trunk: $23.99 (value: $49.99)

This 20-piece dress up set includes an Anna dress, Elsa dress, and a cute trunk! Over 5,000 have sold as of this posting and there is limited time remaining. Don’t wait.

nikoncoolpixNikon Coolpix L28 Camera (Manufacturer Refurbished): $49.99 (value: $121.99)

If you don’t mind purchasing a refurbished camera, you can score a pretty amazing deal on this Nikon Coolpix L28 Camera! This camera is highly rated and takes both photos and video. By comparison, the lowest price I could find for this camera (new) was $75. A very solid deal.

Swarovski Crystal Earrings - Groupon Pre-Black Friday Doorbuster


Swarovski Crystal Earrings: $5.99 (value: $62)

This is another fast-moving item at today’s sale – over 1,000 have currently sold.



Canon Pixma All-in-One Printer: $59.99 (value: $99.99)

The same price is currently being offered over at Amazon.

Head to Groupon to shop all the Doorbuster deals.


Save 35% on Select Graco – Amazon Black Friday Deal

35% off Graco - Amazon Black Friday Deal

I shared this deal on my Amazon Black Friday post earlier today, but want to highlight it as this deal is now live and I’m unsure how long it may last. Right now, select Graco carseats are discounted by 35%, with some of these models at all-time price lows.

Here are some best bets:

Graco Travel System - Amazon Black Friday Deal


Graco Fold Connect Travel System: $131.99 (reg. $219.99) – Lowest Price on Amazon

  • 4.5-star average rating after 100 customer reviews
  • Stroller holds child up to 50 lbs
  • Includes carseat and stroller

Graco Snugride - Amazon Black Friday Deal


Graco Snugride Carseat: $58.99 (reg. $89.99) – Lowest price on Amazon

  • Average 4-star rating after 75 customer reviews
  • Rear-facing infant carseat for infants 5-22 lbs

Graco Pack 'n Play - Amazon Black Friday Deal

Graco Pack ‘n Play: $47.99 (reg. $79.99) – Lowest price on Amazon

  • 4.5-star average rating after 1,100+ customer reviews
  • Includes bassinet

Graco Booster - Amazon Black Friday Deal

Graco Backless Turbo Booster Seat: $14.99 (reg. $24.99) – Lowest price on Amazon

  • Average 4.5-star rating after 400 customer reviews
  • Designed for kids 40-100 pounds

Head to Amazon to check out the Graco Carseats on sale for 35%. You might also wish to check out the Amazon Black Friday post for more of what to expect.


Canvas on Demand: 16×20 Gallery-Wrapped Canvas for $29.99 + Free Shipping

Groupon Canvas on Demand

One of my favorite Groupon offers is available again today! Pay just $29.99 for a 16″ x 20″ custom gallery-wrapped canvas print from Canvas on Demand. You can also opt to purchase two canvases for $49.99, which works out to just $25 shipped each.

photo canvas

I’ve used Canvas on Demand a few times in the past and have LOVED the results! The above canvas is one of two on my mantle currently and I always get nice compliments on it! Judging how little my kids are in this picture, I’m thinking it’s probably time for an update. I can also vouch for the quality and speed of service. My canvas arrived quickly and was well packaged for shipping. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them!

Here is the fine print stuff you should know:

Expires 30 days after purchase. Limit 4 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Valid online only. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Free Shipping. Most orders are shipped within 2 1/2 weeks from the redemption date. Tax included, except in CA, CT, NC, NV, KY and WA (sales tax only). If ordering two for $49.99, both canvases must be placed in the same order and shipped to the same address.

For more information and to purchase this deal, head to Groupon.


Amazon Black Friday Deals – *Starts Today!* + FLASH Giveaway!

Complete List of Amazon Black Friday Deals - 2014

Best Amazon Black Friday Deals for 2014

It’s a full week before the “official” Black Friday, but Amazon has launched its Black Friday deals week today (November 21st). They are threatening promising to offer new deals as often as every 10 minutes for the next 8 consecutive days. This may be fairly overwhelming to navigate, so I wanted to help you break down what I perceive will be some of the best deals. Note that not all of the following deals are live – and some of these may go ridiculously quickly. The TV deals, in particularly, are VERY hot and I anticipate will go “lightning fast” when they appear.

**And, to get you a little more excited about the deals, make sure to read through to the bottom for a special Flash Giveaway announcement!**
EDITED TO ADD: Giveaway is now closed, winners have been announced below!

I’m going to highlight in red the deals that I think are the hottest for 2014. Where possible, I’m including links to the products or most likely products or categories to watch.

Amazon Black Friday: Electronics Deals


Pictured above: Samsung 46″ 1080p HDTV for $427.99 – Black Friday Pricing

Many of these TVs best doorbuster and all-time low prices for their brand and/or size! The Toshiba 50″ for $199 is a particularly HOT deal – and beats Best Buy’s Black Friday 50″ doorbuster offer by a $1!

Amazon Black Friday: Toy Deals

Of course, Amazon is known for great deals in toys. There are tons happening over at the Holiday Toys page. But here are the ones highlighted specifically for Black Friday week to watch for:

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Amazon Black Friday: Books, Movies & Music Deals

Many of the Black Friday deals listed for books, movies and music are vague, at best. Many titles and savings % are yet to be announced. However if you’re an avid reader, you’ll want to keep tabs particularly on the holiday deal page for books.

Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection - Amazon Black Friday Deal

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Best Amazon Holiday Deals: Toys, Movies, Gifts & More

Best Amazon Holiday Deals: Toys, Movies, Gifts & More! (Updated daily mid-November thru shipping cutoff dates in December)

Best Amazon Prices & Deals

Starting November 10, 2014 and running through shipping cutoff dates in December, I’ll be posting the best deals I can find for a number of categories on Amazon. The idea is that no matter when you’re ready to tackle holiday shopping – earlier or later, there will be amazing deals waiting for you. Rest assured, I’ll still highlight stellar deals as standalone posts as I see them, too! Scroll to the bottom for additional tips about this list and shopping on Amazon.

If you’ve not done so already, I highly recommend signing up for your FREE 30-day Amazon Prime Trial. This will give you access to free 2-day shipping on items shipped by Amazon (which includes many, many items).

Don’t forget to check out our comprehensive list of Gift Guides if you’re in need of specific ideas for people or kids on your holiday shopping list.

Last Updated: Friday, November 21st at 8:30 am

Best Amazon Toy Deals

NEW! Disney INFINITY: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game Starter Pack: $54.99 (reg. $79.99)

LeapFrog LeapBand, Green

NEW! LeapFrog LeapBand, Green or LeapFrog LeapBand, Pink: $24.99 (reg. $39.99)

NEW! LeapFrog Learning Game: Octonauts (for LeapPad Tablets and LeapsterGS): $12.50 (reg. $24.99)

NEW! Reading Adventures Sofia the First Level Pre-1 Boxed Set: $5.99 (reg. $9.99)

ALEX Toys – Friends Forever Jewelry: $14.00 (reg. $27.95)

ALEX Toys – Knot-a-Quilt-Kit: $16.91 (reg. $31)


ALEX Toys – My First Sewing Kit: $17.99 (reg. $33)

The Berenstain Bears Phonics Fun (My First I Can Read)

The Berenstain Bears Phonics Fun (My First I Can Read): $8.21 (reg. $12.99) – includes 12 books!

Brave - Playstation 3

Brave – Playstation 3: $9.99 (reg. $19.99)

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Fred Meyer/QFC Friday Download: FREE 12 oz Herdez Cooking Sauce

Free Herdez Cooking Sauce

Today’s FREE Friday Download is a good one – it’s a FREE 12 oz Herdez Cooking Sauce. The coupon is only available for download today (November 21st), but you have through December 7th to redeem it.

Head HERE for Fred Meyer or HERE for QFC.

Never used an ecoupon before? It’s easy! Here’s how:

  • First, you’ll need to make sure you’ve registered your QFC Advantage Card or Fred Meyer Rewards card.
  • Next, head to the “coupons” section of their website (here are QFC coupons and Fred Meyer coupons).
  • Simply “click” to load them to your card.
  • Purchase the designated coupon items and make sure to use your store card at checkout. The coupon discounts generally come off at the end, once the cashier has hit “total.”

If you’re planning a trip out, make sure to check out the deals happening right now at Fred Meyer.


*REMINDER* Amazon Prime Members: Save 50% off your First Subscribe & Save order


Just a reminder that this incredible offer is still available!

If you are an Amazon Prime member and have never taken advantage of a Subscribe and Save offer, here’s your opportunity! For a limited time only, you can save 50% off your first subscription (excluding diapers and wipes). “First” is being defined as not having an active subscription since April 1, 2014.

Here’s how to take advantage of this offer:

  • You must be an Amazon Prime member. (If you’re not, sign up for a free 30-day trial first. Note that you will be billed at the end of 30 days if you don’t cancel first.)
  • Next, place an eligible product into your shopping cart and use coupon code PRIMESNS at checkout.
  • The code is good on ONE subscription only, excluding diapers and wipes. (So make it a good one!)

The main thing you should know about Subscribe and Save is that you are receiving a slight discount and free shipping by agreeing to have the product automatically shipped to you again at regular intervals you select. After your first order has shipped, you can easily change the schedule or even cancel future shipments without hassle or obligation through your Amazon account. I also like to place 5 or more subscription orders in a month because that will increase your discount from 5% to 15% on ALL ORDERS, no matter the dollar size. If all of this is new to you, please take several minutes and read our tutorial on How to Maximize Your Savings with Subscribe and Save.

What kinds of things can you apply this discount for? Well, you can head here to see all eligible products, or you can check out our current list of the best subscribe and save deals. (These are already incredible values so the 50% off code will make it all even sweeter!)

Here are a few items I’ve purchased within the last month using subscribe and save that would be eligible for the discount:

Sparkle Paper Towels, 24 Giant Rolls, Print

Sparkle Paper Towels, 24 Rolls: $23.91
+ 50% off discount
Your price: $11.96 + FREE shipping!



The Laundress All Purpose Cleaning Concentrate: $15
+ 50% off discount
Your price: $7.50 + FREE shipping!

This stuff smells incredible and works on everything. So far, I’ve used it on my bathrooms, hardwood floors, kitchen counters, and even car interior. Last week, I used it to soak my blinds. While this might seem like a spendy product, remember it’s concentrated. A cap full or two in a spray bottle with water is all you need. I expect this would last a good 6 months or so! Oh, did I also mention it’s nontoxic, biodegradable, and allergen free? You can feel good about using it around your family. Recommend, recommend.



Kind Bars: Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt, Pack of 12: $14.89
+ 50% off discount
Your price:  $7.45 + FREE shipping

I’ve eaten a LOT of protein and nutritional bars in my day and these are my absolute favorites. They don’t have a horrible chalky protein bar flavor, they are gluten-free, and LOW in sugar (another thing that’s hard to find!). They are about 200 calories per bar and have been my go to “treat” during my weight loss journey. In fact, I just ran out of them and think I need to be placing another order here soon! Kind bars rarely go on sale for $1 or less, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen coupons for them, and last I checked they don’t sell them at Costco –  so Amazon is definitely the way I go to save on them.

Remember, these are just a few of the many possible ideas for you! Head on over to Amazon to learn more about this offer and to shop eligible products.


FREE Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD!

Disney fans (or Disney wannabe fans), click on the above banner to receive a FREE Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD in the mail. You’ll need to fill out your mailing information and answer a few questions, but that’s it!

Your free DVD will include:

  • A complete tour of the 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks and over 20 Resort hotels at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida
  • A tour of the Disneyland® Resort in California, including 2 enchanting Theme Parks and 3 Resort hotels
  • Affordable ways to play and stay during your Disney vacation
  • Plus much more, including pocket-sized planning guides, planning tips, and information on special events

Want an idea of what this all entails? Check out my thoughts on the Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD we got a couple of years ago.


Walgreens: Free Photo Brag Book! (pay $2.99 s&h)

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Here’s a fun stocking stuffer or “sercy” for those of you who love to give photo gifts: Walgreens is offering a free photo brag book through Saturday, November 22 when you use the coupon code BRAGZERO at checkout. This free photo book is 4.5″ x 6″ and has 10 double-sided pages.

Please note that you will have to pay $2.99 for shipping, and there is a limit of 1 free brag book per account/household.

PS – Don’t know what a “sercy” is? My stepmother-in-law (who is from South Carolina) uses that term to describe a small gift that’s usually given “just because.” It’s in the Urban Dictionary (but as far as I can tell, not in the actual dictionary). There’s your trivia for the day. :)