Every year, my mom and I usually brave the crowds (albeit later in the day) on Black Friday in search of great deals. It's amazing how no one is out and about anymore around 10AM! Because of our Thanksgiving schedule this year, we ended up going on Saturday, but I think we did just as well! I did a great deal of gift card shopping (from cards that I've earned as rewards on survey & shopping sites) and there were amazing sales to be had!
I ended up getting 6 shirts (4 kids, 2 adults) at Old Navy for $27, all of which I paid for with a gift card, so that was bargain shopping with a bonus!
I got 3 shirts and a sweater at Penney's, also using a gift card and their sale, spending only $30 out of pocket (that's less than the value of the sweater alone!).
I got a pair of pants and a pair of shoes at Ross (ok those were for myself and NOT Christmas presents), valued at $70 for $22!
And best of all, my mom got to see me in action at Rite-Aid! After a mad search for the store based on internet directions (and deciding that it must have gone out of business only to find it an hour later!), we finally found the store right before lunch! I only went in with single-check rebate/sale/coupon items in mind! If I can post a pic later of my goodies, I definitely will! I bought 1 Herbal Essences Shampoo, 1 Wet-Ones wipes canister, 1 Oral B toothbrush, 1 Scope Mouthwash, 1 bottle of store brand Centrum, 1 box Tampax tampons & 2 bottles of Suave body wash...by combining my coupons with store sales, my $5/$25 Rite-Aid printable coupon, plus a $10 savings certificate that I earned in their Fall Rewards program, I ended up paying $.28 out of pocket! Combine that with the $10 I'll be receiving back in Single Check Rebates & I made out with $36 worth of products PLUS a $9.72 profit AND I qualified for another $5 savings certificate! My mom thought I was incredible! :)