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Black Friday 2018 Deals at Barnes & Noble

Posted on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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Barnes & Noble is struggling. Earlier this year, the company cut staff at many stores, including lead cashiers and other experienced workers. 2018 could end up being the last time Barnes & Noble holds a Black Friday sale.

Valpack posted a Black Friday weekend preview that shows what Barnes & Noble has to offer. These deals will be valid online from November 22, 2018 – November 25, 2018 and in-store from November 23, 2018 – November 25, 2018.

Buy One, Get One 50% off on select toys, games and puzzles: This deal includes toys, arts & crafts, science & tech, games & puzzles, and plush

Get an exclusive Lego Harry Potter Minifigure 4-Pack with Purchase: When you spend $75 or more on LEGO. Choose from hundreds of LEGO sets to get your free gift. The exclusive Minifigure 4-pack is available while supplies last.

50% off Teen / Young Adult Bestsellers: Save on the year’s best Young Adult books about first love, social awareness, and more.

Funko Pop! Buy One Get One 50% Off: Hundreds of Funko Pops are included in this sale. This offer is online – only.

Get the new Nook 10.1” 32GB for $119.99: (The regular price is $129.99.) It is the newest NOOK, and also the biggest, with a 10.1” IPS display and 32GB of storage. Reading your favorite eBooks just got easier with the updated NOOK OS. New features, accessories, and the Google Play Store make NOOK 10.1” their most versatile tablet to date.

Hallmark Greeting Cards: Buy 3 Hallmark Greeting Cards and get 1 free. This offer is only available in Barnes & Noble stores (not online).

Starbucks Drink: Buy one Starbucks drink at Barnes & Noble Cafe, and get one for free. This offer is only available in-stores (not online). The offer will last from when the store opens until 10:00 a.m.

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Stores that will be Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2018

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 10:10 pm
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Black Friday sales used to start on the Friday after Thanksgiving. In recent years, some stores choose to be open on Thanksgiving Day. This makes some shoppers happy – and gives other shoppers a negative feeling about the stores that open.

Here is a list of the stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2018.

  • A.C. Moore
  • Abt Electronics
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • Ace Hardware
  • Acme Tools
  • Allen Edmonds
  • American Girl
  • At Home
  • AT&T (Company-Owned Stores)
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet
  • Bob’s Discount Furniture
  • Burlington
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillard’s
  • dressbarn (majority of stores)
  • El Dorado Furniture
  • Fleet Farm
  • Gander Outdoors
  • Gardner-White Furniture
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Homesense
  • IKEA
  • JOANN Stores
  • Lamps Plus
  • Lowe’s
  • Mall of America
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Menards
  • Micro Center
  • Music & Arts
  • Navy Exchange
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Northern Tool
  • Office Depot & OfficeMax
  • Outdoor Research
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Pep Boys
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • Raymour & Flanigan Furniture | Mattresses
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Sprint (Retail Stores Closed Unless Mall Dictates Otherwise; Mall Kiosks May Open)
  • Staples
  • Stein Mart
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • The Paper Store
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine

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Stores that Will be Open on Thanksgiving Day 2018

Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 3:09 pm
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Thanksgiving Day will be held on Thursday, November 22, in 2018. In recent years, some stores have decided to extend their Black Friday sales by having a special sale on Thanksgiving Day. Here is a list of the stores that will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year.

According to CBS News, these stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day:

Bass Pro Shops: Open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Reopen at 5 a.m. Friday, November 23.

Belk: Open 4 p.m – 6 a.m. Reopen 6 a.m Black Friday

Best Buy: Open 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Reopen 8 a.m. Black Friday

Big Lots: Open 7 a.m. – midnight. Reopen 6 a.m. Black Friday

Cabela’s: Open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Reopen 5 a.m. Black Friday

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Open 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. Reopen at 5 a.m. Black Friday

J.C. Penney: Open 2 p.m Thanksgiving and will remain open through 10 p.m. Black Friday

Kmart: Open 6 a.m. – midnight. Reopen 6 a.m. Black Friday

Kohl’s: Open 5 p.m. Thanksgiving and will remain open until 1 p.m. Black Friday

Macy’s: Open 5 p.m to 2 p.m. Reopen at 6 a.m. Black Friday

Old Navy: Open 3 p.m. Thanksgiving and will remain open until 10 p.m. Black Friday

Sears: Open 6 p.m. – midnight. Reopen at 5 a.m. Black Friday

Target: Open 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Reopen at 7 a.m. Black Friday

Walmart: Open 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thanksgiving day for a pre-sale party. Black Friday sales begin at 6 p.m.

Will you be shopping the sales on Thanksgiving Day? It is a good idea to plan ahead. Let your family members know that you will be leaving Thanksgiving dinner early. They may or may not approve, but things tend to go better when people have some warning beforehand.

Take the time to visit the store’s websites, and to read their sales paper, before you shop. This will help you plan out which stores to visit first and to narrow down what products to focus on.

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How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 at 3:15 pm
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Thanksgiving dinner is an important part of how families celebrate Thanksgiving. The larger your family, the more expensive that dinner becomes. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money on Thanksgiving Dinner.

Use Coupons and Loyalty Cards
Go through your printed manufacturer coupons and look for the ones that match the brands you like. This will help you save money on the foods you need for Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t forget to check for digital coupons in the app for your grocery store’s loyalty card. You might be able to combine those deals.

Take a minute to do a price check on the items you need and find out what they cost at the groceries stores near you. There’s a possibility that one store will have better prices than the rest.

Split the Cost
Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Let your family members know that you will be cooking the turkey. Ask them to contribute by bringing a dish. This tends to work best if you set up a system that will let everyone know who is bringing what.

For example, Aunt Ida might volunteer to bring mashed potatoes. Cousin Fred might bring his famous cranberry recipe. Uncle Joe might be happy to bring cases of soda and beer. Your family can split the cost of Thanksgiving dinner together.

Make your own Stuffing
The main ingredient in stuffing is bread. Instead of buying a box of stuffing mix, you can easily make your own. Use up some slightly stale bread that you already have. Cut it into cubes. Find a stuffing recipe online that you like. You might have all (or most of) the ingredients at home.

Don’t Dine Out
Dining out always costs more than eating at home. If no one wants to cook, consider ordering Thanksgiving dinner from places like Boston Market. Or, purchase pre-made items from the grocery store.

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Best Things to Buy in November

Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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Every month, there are things that have an annual sale. There are plenty of sales in November. If you know what to look for, you can save some money.

Veterans Day Sales
The Veterans Day sales are usually on Veterans Day itself and the weekend closest to that day. You can expect to find special deals for people who are veterans or current members of the military. Restaurants typically offer veterans a nice discount on a meal that weekend.

In addition, stores will have sales on a wide variety of products. Those sales are open to everyone and tend to last through the weekend. Some might last all week long.

Your favorite grocery store might be doing a “freebie” deal on turkey. Call ahead and ask the store for details before you shop. In general, grocery stores who participate in these “freebies” require shoppers to spend a certain amount of money in order to get a free turkey. The deal might require you to spend a dollar amount on specific types of items (such as food from their meat counter).

Seasonal Produce
The best way to save money on produce is to buy it when it is in season. In November, that means apples, pears, cranberries, plums, and clementines. Pumpkins will be on sale. Seasonal vegetables include: broccoli, leeks, cabbage, squash, cauliflower, parsnips, celery chestnuts, shallots, turnips, yams and potatoes.

For even more savings, use your favorite grocery store’s loyalty card and app and pair coupons and other discounts with the seasonal produce. Some of these foods, like cranberries, pumpkin, and potatoes will help you save money on Thanksgiving dinner.

Food Storage Containers
Thanksgiving dinner produces plenty of leftovers! You are going to need to find a way to store them (or to send them home with loved ones). Fortunately, November is a month when food storage containers go on sale. Shop around and do some price checking before you make a purchase.

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Reasons Why You Should Save Money

Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 am
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There are plenty of ways that people can start saving money. You’ve probably heard quite a bit of advice about how to do it. What you may not have heard are the reasons why you should save money. Here are a few reasons to consider.

To Make an Emergency Fund
An emergency fund is an important thing to have. It is money that you intentionally set aside to use in case of emergency. Use the emergency fund money to pay for an unexpected car repair, a medical bill your health insurance won’t cover, or to pay bills after losing your job.

How big should your emergency fund be? The minimum should be either two weeks pay or $1,000 (whichever is greater). There is an online Emergency Fund Calculator that can help you figure out how much you need to save.

To Buy a Car
Are you going to buy a new car? You will need to have a down payment in order to get a reasonable interest rate. Save up as much as large of a down payment as you can afford. It might be better for you to buy an affordable used car (that doesn’t need a lot of repairs) than to buy a brand new car.

To Pay for Travel
Thanks to the internet, we are able to stay in touch with friends and family who live far away from us. Travel can be very expensive. Plan ahead and start saving money to pay for airline tickets, hotel rooms, and unexpected expenses.

Many people meet up with friends who live far away at conferences. Doing so will require money for travel expenses, food, drinks, and to buy some of the interesting stuff that is sold at the conference. In other words, you are saving money to ensure you have a great time with your friends.

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Don’t Be Fooled by Fake Coupons!

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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Everyone likes to save money, and that is why so many people use coupons. Unfortunately, there are coupon scammers out there that create fraudulent coupons. Don’t be fooled by fake coupons!

The Coupon Information Corporation has some good advice about how you can avoid getting counterfeit coupons.

* Never pay money for a coupon.
* Do not download coupons from internet forums
* If a friend e-mails you coupons, especially high value or free product coupons, the coupons are most likely counterfeit.
* Always get your coupons from your newspaper, from the manufacturer’s website, or from an authorized coupon distributor (such as
* Not sure if a coupon is legitimate? Check the Coupon Information Corporation list of counterfeit coupons.

Here are some examples of fake coupons:

There was a fake Publix coupon on Facebook that was being shared around. The coupon said: “Publix is giving everyone FREE $75 OFF Gift Coupon to celebrate 100 years of success!” The link led to a website that was not Publix. Publix has clearly stated that this Facebook coupon is fake.

A fake Nike coupon was circulated online. The coupon had a photo of Colin Kaepernick (who Nike recently featured in their new ad campaign.)

The wording in the fake coupon said: “Nike Offers 75% Off All Shoes For People of Color Until 2019”. The coupon did not come from Nike. It came from 4Chan, a website known for creating and spreading misinformation.

What to do if you find a fake coupon:

Call the store or contact the company. Tell them about the coupon you found and ask if it is a real coupon. They may not be aware that a fake coupon, that looks like it is for their store, is circulating.

Use critical thinking. Stores and product manufacturers don’t offer coupons for 75% off. They don’t create coupons that will give a consumer $75 or $100 off their purchase. If it looks too good to be true – that means it is a fake coupon.

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Money Saving Habits to Start Right Now

Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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Don’t wait until the new year to start saving money. You can start at any time! It is possible to save money, little by little. Eventually, it adds up to a useful amount. Give a few of these ideas a try.

Save Money at Restaurants
One simple way to save money at a restaurant is to skip the alcohol. Most restaurants will offer water for free. If not, when the server asks what you want to drink – ask for water. It is much less expensive to have a glass of wine at dinner at your home than at a restaurant.

Skip the desert menu. Many of them are overpriced. Or, you can bring the cost down by splitting a dessert with someone else. Both of you can share the sweet for half of the calories the whole dessert contained.

Dining out by yourself? There are two ways to save money. Sit at the bar instead of waiting for a table. You will be given a small plate menu, with items that tend to be inexpensive. For best results, visit the restaurant during Happy Hour, where you can get drinks and food for cheaper than usual.

Build an Emergency Fund
An emergency fund is a very important thing to have. It is money set aside for when something goes wrong – like an unexpected car repair, a health issue your insurance doesn’t cover, and more.

An emergency fund can help prevent the need of having to get a loan or to max out your credit cards. Save up the money, set it aside, and avoid expensive interest rates.

The money you saved by making less expensive choices at restaurants should go into your emergency fund. Other ways to make money for your emergency fund include: having a garage sale, selling unwanted items online, or getting a seasonal or temporary job.

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Inexpensive Ways to Get Your Flu Shot

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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It’s flu season! The best way to protect yourself, and others, from catching the flu is to make sure you get your flu shot. Doing so helps increase herd immunity. There are people who cannot get the flu shot because they are too young, elderly, or have a compromised immune system. Here are some inexpensie ways to get your flu shot.

Covered by your health insurance
The influenza vaccine should be covered by your health insurance plan. This is true no matter if you get your health insurance from work or from a Marketplace. You are already paying the premiums, so you should definitely take advantage of the “freebies”.

Your workplace might set up a conference room where workers can stop by and get a free flu shot. They might let workers know about this through email or a memo. In general, flu shots offered for free at a workplace are given to those who have the insurance – and those who do not.

At your local pharmacy
You can make an appointment online to get a flu shot from Walgreens. They are being offered for $0 copay (with most insurance).

CVS is offering a no-cost flu shot. Eligible patients will not pay any co-payments unless required by their plan (including Medicaid Part B). Get your flu shot at CVS, and you can receive a merchandise coupon valid for 1-time use at CVS Pharmacy locations. The coupon gives you $5 off $25 of product.

Rite Aid offers a free flu-shot from a pharmacist. (It is free with most insurance.) There is no appointment necessary.

Your County Health Department
Call your county’s health department and ask if they are offering free flu shots. They might be able to tell you when it will take place. Or, they could refer you to another place that is offering free flu shots.

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Best Things to Buy in October

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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Every month, there are annual sales. The very best time to buy something is when it goes on sale. You can pick up some great stuff without having to spend much money. If you wait to buy it later – it will cost more money than it does now.

October is National Pizza Month. This means you are likely to find coupons and discounts from all of the big chain pizza franchises. There may even be a deal on delivery. The best thing about it is that your family can have pizza night in October for less than it would cost any other month.

Stores tend to purchase too much denim for their Back To School sales. By October, the stores realize that they have too much stock. So, they have denim sales. It’s great for parents who want to pick up a few more pairs of jeans for their kids. It is also a good opportunity for people who need to buy new jeans to replace some worn out ones.

Halloween Candy
Those who live in areas where there are plenty of children are going to need to buy some Halloween candy. It tends to get less expensive the closer we get to Halloween. You might be able to knock down the price a little more by using your loyalty card.

The best time to buy Halloween candy is the day after Halloween. Pick up the type of candy that your family enjoys, or bring some in to work to share with co-workers.

Patio Furniture
Do you need to replace your patio furniture? The best time to do that is in October. Patio furniture takes up a lot of space in stores, and they generally don’t want to store summer items all year long. Patio furniture is on sale now.

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