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The First 2017 Black Friday Ad Has Landed!

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Earliest Leak of a 2017 Black Friday Ad EVER + exclusive SNES Classic Giveaway 

Harbor_Freight_2017_BF_600-pg_01The first Black Friday Ad of 2017 is the 8-page, 81-item Harbor Freight Black Friday ad. This ad is 10 days earlier than last year and the earliest Black Friday Ad EVER!!! Holiday creep is in full effect this year…maybe next year the first ad leak will drop in September? 
  • Harbor Freight will open their doors at 7AM on Black Friday
  • Sale prices are valid throughout Thanksgiving weekend
  • This year Harbor Freight compares their prices to the major home improvement stores (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace, etc)
ALSOBFAds.net is launching Black Friday 2017 with a giveaway of perhaps the hottest item of the year. Folks can enter to win an SNES Classic Edition. The giveaway is open until 5PM on October 6. We’ve already heard of issues with pre-orders not shipping out in time and stores selling out so this is sure to be one of the hard to find items of the season!

Don’t Fall For Hype – Here’s What to Buy in September

What to Buy in September

Labor Day sales feature decent discounts on new fall fashions and outdoorwear, but waiting for later in September can result in the deepest discounts on jackets/hoodies, long sleeve tops, work boots and especially denim clothing with up to half price savings. “Summer clearance sales feature outdoor sports apparel, college and professional teams merchandise, and hiking and hunting apparel with discounts in the range of 20-40% off from popular online stores like REI co-op, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sierra Trading Post, Cabela’s and others.”

Back-to-school clearance gets better for clothing after labor Day sales. “Waiting until later in September will reward shoppers checking out the annual denim and jeans sales with promos featuring up to half price on new jeans for the kids and adults. Look for deep discounts and site-wide sales online from brands like Levi’s, Lucky, Guess, True Religion and Lee among other popular brands.” Cash in with additional savings shopping through cash back sites like Ebates.com, often increased 2x or more throughout the month.

Lawn Tools and Equipment Clearance ramps up following Labor Day weekend offering the year’s best discounts on push mowers, riding mowers and lawn tools. Expect up to $150 off regular prices on gas-powered and cordless lithium powered push mowers from brands like Kobalt, Greenworks, Black+Decker and Worx. “Shoppers will find similar discounting on 40-Volt Lithium Powered Lawn Tools (trimmers, edgers, hedgers) upwards of 50% off as stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menard’s and Ace look to move summer inventory.”

Football watching season offers reduced prices on 4K TVs, especially for consumers looking to upgrade into entry level UHD models. Expect 4K TV Deals matching last year’s Black Friday prices with select 60-65” 4k TVs models under $700 and 50” 4K TVs under $400 and 35-50” 4K TVs under $300.  “TV prices change weekly in September so setting alerts for TV deals in deal hunting communities like FatWallet Hot Deals forum will keep you in-the-know for the super-limited stock clearance deals that usually sell out the same day they post.”

Do you know What to Buy in August?

What to Buy in August

There are big savings opportunities available during the barrage of Back to School sales in August, bringing savings not only for students, but for basically everyone. These simmer sales far transcend deals on school needs, catering to savings on upgrades for the home, home office, work and the basic family necessities. It’s a good month to buy clothing, shoes, laptops, eyewear, office supplies and to shop summer clearance deals.

BACK TO SCHOOL SALES

A month long seasonal shopping event that can be very prosperous for a variety of home, school and work needs. Some of the best laptop and tablet deals of the year happen in August, rivaling Black Friday. Shoppers will find discounts up to 40% off new, and refurbished, budget and 2 in 1 hybrid laptops including the best pricing on high-end tablets and iPads to date in 2017.

  • Tech Products: (laptops, tablets and iPads, cell phones and iPhones, PC’s)
  • Supplies: (writing supplies, backpacks, lunch bags, art supplies)
  • Clothing: (uniforms, shirts, blouses, jeans, shoes, jackets, hoodies, shorts, hats, socks)
  • Eyewear: (exams, prescription glasses, frames, contacts, sunglasses)
  • Musical Instruments: (woodwinds, brasswinds, drums, percussion, guitars, etc.)
  • College: (luggage, furniture, lighting, rugs, small appliances, storage)

Tip: Utilize shopping rewards when possible for any of these purchases can easily create bigger savings. Ebates.com hosts huge back-to-school cash back promotions featuring hundreds of top retailers with increased cash back throughout the month of August.

SUMMER CLEARANCE and LABOR DAY SALES

The final two weeks of August kicks off a big round of seasonal clearance as back to school sales start to wrap up and summer clearance takes center stage, with deep discounting leading up to and through Labor Day sales.

  • Sports/Outdoors: (golf, cycling, running, baseball, camping, fishing, pools)
  • Clothing: (shirts, dresses, shorts, sandals and accessories)
  • Swimwear: (suits, shorts and swim accessories)
  • Grills/Grilling: (gas and charcoal grills and accessories)
  • Patio Furniture: (outdoor furniture, umbrellas, seat cushions, lawn chairs)
  • Travel: (Hotels weekend discounts/packages, Vegas deals, luggage)
  • MISC: (some yard/lawn tools, paint, fans, and summer beer and wines)

Tip: In order to buy from the best selection, hit summer clearance sales pre-Labor Day as the most popular styles, sizes, colors and quality brands will surely to sell out quickly, especially with summer apparel.

 

A Prime Example for What to Buy in July

What to Buy in July and Prime Day

4th of July Sales –  Beyond the obvious Prime Day event this year, 4th sales start ahead of the holiday in late June and will push out past the holiday and drive the biggest focus for What to Buy in July. They bring a variety of sales and discounts from just about every retailer, but these categories offer a better time to buy from than at other times of year: Outdoor Activities Gear and Apparel, Summer Clothing for Kids and Adults, Furniture (living room and bedroom), Heat/Sun Protection Items (AC, fans, shades, umbrellas, hoses, sprinklers and UV protection), and of course, a variety of Outdoor Party Needs.

Air Conditioners, Fans, Dehumidifiers, Coolers and Thermostats – Items that “keep us cool” are featured products during 4th of July sales offering significant savings on bigger ticket purchases. Those interested need be prepared to jump on these inventory sales prices, especially the top-rated products that sell out quickly vs. getting stuck with a lesser value item that isn’t as efficient for keeping things cold. Pricing on similar products such as coolers, ice-makers, dehumidifiers and related smart home devices decrease for special sales during this month, too.

Summer Swimwear and Beachwear – July 4th sales kick-off the deeper savings opportunities on summer swimwear with discounts up to 50% off, including designer swimwear and beachwear, and savings get better than 50% off as we move further into July (Note: Online shoppers will want to utilize Ebates to earn up to 20% cash back on these types of purchases during the summer.)

Outdoor Furniture – Patio furniture sales will have tapered off since Memorial Day, but interested shoppers can expect big sales in early July that offer similar savings from spring, especially on high-end designer sets that can be found up to 75% off on Amazon and eBay. Other discounts found at the big box stores often come with free home deliver. NOTE: While, summer clearance can offer deep discounts in early fall, the lot has been picked through, and for many consumers, the seasonal weather to use it is basically over.

Outdoor Sports Gear and Yard Games – As summer heats up, so do savings opportunities on outdoor gear for camping, fishing, hiking and biking at both specialty and bigbox stores. Yard and pool games, swingsets, above ground pools and accessories see some of the lowest prices of the year at the end of July as clearance pricing hopes to make room for fall inventory space.

Prime Day Deals – Amazon’s big summer garage sale, Prime Day”3” falls (July 11 with Lightening Deals kicking off the evening on July 10). This sale will offer thousands of hidden savings on a wide variety of products for just about everyone. Stand out categories to look for deals include health and beauty items, media (books, movies, music), collectibles and most Amazon products like the Fire HD tablets, Fire TV stick, Amazon Echo and Amazon Basics. Other items worth buying include batteries, office accessories, bedding, kitchenware and other home needs. REMEMBER that most major retailers like Walmart, Target, JC Penney and Kohl’s will also have sales to compete for the millions of Prime shoppers interests, and some of these sales are better than what Amazon will offer (it really depends on the consumer need).

Use smart resources that are monitoring deals that have already started (both BFAds.net and FatWallet.com have active Prime Deals roundups and their members will add important insider tips and tricks)

Prime Day and other great things to buy in July

What to Buy in July and Prime Day

What to Buy in July and Prime Day4th of July Sales –  Beyond the obvious Prime Day event this year, 4th sales start ahead of the holiday in late June and will push out past the holiday and into the second week of July. They bring a variety of sales and discounts from just about every retailer, but these categories offer a better time to buy from than at other times of year: Outdoor Activities Gear and Apparel, Summer Clothing for Kids and Adults, Furniture (living room and bedroom), Heat/Sun Protection Items (AC, fans, shades, umbrellas, hoses, sprinklers and UV protection), and of course, a variety of Outdoor Party Needs.

Air Conditioners, Fans, Dehumidifiers, Coolers and Thermostats – Items that “keep us cool” are featured products during 4th of July sales offering significant savings on bigger ticket purchases. Those interested need be prepared to jump on these inventory sales prices, especially the top-rated products that sell out quickly vs. getting stuck with a lesser value item that isn’t as efficient for keeping things cold. Pricing on similar products such as coolers, ice-makers, dehumidifiers and related smart home devices decrease for special sales during this month, too.

Summer Swimwear and Beachwear – July 4th sales kick-off the deeper savings opportunities on summer swimwear with discounts up to 50% off, including designer swimwear and beachwear, and savings get better than 50% off as we move further into July (Note: Online shoppers will want to utilize Ebates to earn up to 20% cash back on these types of purchases during the summer.)

Outdoor Furniture – Patio furniture sales will have tapered off since Memorial Day, but interested shoppers can expect big sales in early July that offer similar savings from spring, especially on high-end designer sets that can be found up to 75% off on Amazon and eBay. Other discounts found at the big box stores often come with free home deliver. NOTE: While, summer clearance can offer deep discounts in early fall, the lot has been picked through, and for many consumers, the seasonal weather to use it is basically over.

Outdoor Sports Gear and Yard Games – As summer heats up, so do savings opportunities on outdoor gear for camping, fishing, hiking and biking at both specialty and bigbox stores. Yard and pool games, swingsets, above ground pools and accessories see some of the lowest prices of the year at the end of July as clearance pricing hopes to make room for fall inventory space.

Prime Day Deals

Amazon’s big summer garage sale, Prime Day”3” falls (July 11 with Lightening Deals kicking off the evening on July 10). This sale will offer thousands of hidden savings on a wide variety of products for just about everyone. Stand out categories to look for deals include health and beauty items, media (books, movies, music), collectibles and most Amazon products like the Fire HD tablets, Fire TV stick, Amazon Echo and Amazon Basics. Other items worth buying include batteries, office accessories, bedding, kitchenware and other home needs. REMEMBER that most major retailers like Walmart, Target, JC Penney and Kohl’s will also have sales to compete for the millions of Prime shoppers interests, and some of these sales are better than what Amazon will offer (it really depends on the consumer need).

Use smart resources that are monitoring deals that have already started (both BFAds.net and FatWallet.com have active Prime Deals roundups and their members will add important insider tips and tricks)

4th of July Deals – What to Buy or Wait On?

8 Items to “Buy” or “Wait ” during Early 4th of July Sales

(via FatWallet.com) The big 4th Sales have already started, well ahead of the long holiday weekend, and shoppers can expect them to push out further into the second week of July. With such a wide variety of items at discount from just about every retailer, shoppers will want to know whether certain items are “prime” time to buy now, or wait until later in the year:

Outdoor Sporting Gear: BUY

As summer vacations ramp, hiking, camping and fishing gear will see deep discounts, as will some of the best deals of the summer on pools and outdoor toys and games as big box and sporting goods stores advertise 4th of July sales early and often.

Swimwear: BUY

4th of July sales may not be the best for all summer clothing, but for swimwear and beachwear, sales features top brands and site-wide category discounts ranging from 25-75% off.

Kids Clothing: BUY

Many popular clothing brands o offer site-wide sales that focus on summer apparel for children and babies. Saving of 20-40% can be found on shorts, polos, dresses and sandals as retailers look to make room for new back-to-school items later in July.  Shop through Ebates to earn additional cash back from most major department stores.

Air Conditioners: BUY

Both savings and selection will fall out of favor after 4th of July sales events. Stores like Walmart and Sears will portable and discount window units upwards of 25%. Procrastinating until July warms up can result in a purchase with less features and benefits for a similar or higher price.

Furniture: BUY

July is one of the best months to purchase furniture for the home. 4th sales kick-off clearance of last years living room and bedroom sets as furniture stores are reducing prices on existing inventory to make room for new models arriving in late August. 

Electronics: WAIT

Those seeking good deals on most consumer electronics products will want to hold off until Prime Day and Back to School sales. Better pricing on Amazon products (Echo, Dot, Fire Tablets, Kindles and Fire TV), as well as TVs, home theatre and wireless tech heats up more after the holiday.

Jeans – Denim: WAIT

The best denim sales of the year happen during August’s Back to School events for kids and in October for adults. Waiting can offer shoppers twice the savings over buying jeans in July.

Laptops and Tablets: WAIT

Main back-to-school deals loom large in late July and August. Waiting offers parents a bigger selection of desktop, tablet and laptops deals that stack with additional savings from 2016 Tax Holidays, student discounts and shopping rewards, often better than Black Friday deals.

Best Things to Buy in June Ahead 4th of July Deals

While Memorial Day sales extend past the holiday weekend, retailers change message to prop Fathers Day deals and a variety of home improvement sales. The past holiday weekend brought huge mattress sales, thus sparking followup sales on bedding and home decor sales. Add that graduation and wedding gift deals offer timely savings for June shoppers from a host of department stores for checking off gift lists, or filling personal needs for the summer. (original posted in LinkedIn for What Things to Buy in June)

7 Smart Things to Buy in June

Men’s Clothing will be on sale these first 2 weeks in June, especially casual dresswear, summer apparel and sports and activewear. Stores like Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sierra Trading Post and other similar retailers will not only offer savings on sports apparel, but timely savings on fishing, camping, hiking and golf gear and equipment.

Tools, especially power tools, cordless tool kits, tool storage and automotive tools see some of their best pricing of the year during Father’s Day sales (according to a recent survey from FatWallet.com). These sales bring discounts up to 50% off top brands like Craftsman, Black & Decker, Milwaukee, DeWalt and bargain tool brands, as well.

Home Improvement Needs are featured sale items all month for home owners looking to beat the heat on DIY project lists-these are some of the best things to buy in June and save a lot of money. Stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Sears bring their best prices of the year on paints and stains, building materials, hardware, fixtures and tools needed to complete jobs in time to relax for summer fun.

Bedding and Home Decor savings typically follow Memorial Day mattress sales with up to 50% off bedding deals at Macy’s, JCPenney, Bed, Bath & Beyond and other stores. This is a great time to stock up on sheets and spreads for the summer months, as well as seasonal decorations, picture frames and patio/outdoor living accents.

Dishware and Cookware deals coincide with wedding gift registries, including discounts from 30-50% off “everyday” china and high-end cookware, glassware and food storage from stores like Kohl’s, Walmart and Target. Look for the biggest savings from larger department stores throughout June.

June Semi-Annual Sales offer some of the best savings of the year on a variety of summer items for women from Victoria’s Secret, Saks 5th Avenue, Lane Bryant and Bath & Body Works. Stack 40% off or more with cash back from ebates.com to make the semi-annual events really pay-off.

Early 4th of July Sales will start to pop-up the week before this year’s 4-day weekend holiday bringing heavy discounting on patio accessories, party decorations, outdoor sports toys and gear, air conditioners, fans and fitness equipment clearance. Hitting the big box stores pre-holiday gives early Fourth shoppers prime selection on items they can utilize for celebrating our freedom!

The Best Things to Buy in May – 2017

What Are the Best Things to Buy in May?

(April 27, 2017 via FatWallet.com) From weddings to graduations to Mother’s Day to Memorial Day and summer vacation planning, there are plenty of events and reasons we choose to spend money in the month of May. Luckily, it also one of the biggest months of the year for traditional sales and savings on items we need to purchase! And… with what seems like a bazillion store closings this year, close-outs will be plenty as spring cleaning wraps, making for even more frugal abundance at outlets and thrift stores.

Here are some of the best things to buy in May during the big sales:

Mother’s Day Deals – Just about every retailer offers discounting leading up to this holiday. Utilize deal aggregators like FatWallet.com to help you vet the best deals and use Ebates.com to stack on increased holiday cash back.

  • Outdoor Decor , Gardening Tools, Pots, Plants and Feeders
  • Flowers, Candy, Books, Crafts, Jewelry and Handbags
  • Smart Phones, Watches and Fitness Trackers

Wedding and Graduation Gifts – Many items featured in Mothers Day sales also appear on wedding and grad gift lists. Buying them earlier in May will ease the extra burden on your monthly budget.

  • Small and Large Appliances, Cookware/Kitchenware/Flatware
  • Home Decor, picture frames, bath and bedding

Summer Travel Deals – Two-thirds of vacationers book their travel online with a wide majority of bookings made before June. Travelers will want to secure their homes and staycation-ers can capitalize on sales for smart home devices.

  • Spring Travel Deals on Hotels, Flights, Car Rentals and Luggage
  • Smart Home Hubs, Security Cameras and Accessories

Memorial Day Deals – Basically it’s half way to Black Friday, but unlike those heavy discounts on electronics, toys and video games, this is the holiday to take advantage of deep discounts on big ticket items for your home.

  • Major Appliances
  • Furniture (indoor and outdoor lounging needs)
  • Mattresses (and sets)

5 Timely Needs that Beg to Know What to Buy in April

Here’s What to Buy in April to Save on Spring Needs

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Tax Software & Office Supplies: The first 2 weeks of April have many in frenzy to get their taxes done. Tax software deals are plenty for DIY filers this month, as are an abundance of other office supply deals from stores like Staples and Office Depot/Office Max. On top of discounts ranging from 20-50% off software, paper, printers and organizing and filing items–extend savings shopping through Ebates.com where retailers like TurboTax (7.5%), H&R Block (10%) and TaxAct (10%) all offer hefty cash back this month.

Tax Day Freebies: On Tuesday April 18, just after Easter weekend, tax filings are due for most Americans. Some retailers offer stress relief (and gain free PR) by offering tax payers free items, including restaurant deals, drink specials and even spa perks. Online resources like FatWallet Hot Deals forum reveal this year’s trending freebies, as well as heady last minute tax tips in their Finance forum.

Pre-Easter Sales: Most major retailers bring timely savings on candy, gift baskets, decorations and kids toys, including outdoor items, games, bicycles and video games. Clothing retailers also offer the seasons first batch of discounting on spring apparel for men, women and children featuring 10-30% off new styles. Mother’s Day sales and spring fashion sales collide late in April, bringing better savings on a variety of casual and activewear, shoes and accessories like jewelry and handbags. Smart TIP: Use Ebates.com to earn up to 20% cash back on nearly any spring fashion purchase imaginable.

Yard and Garden Tools and Supplies: Whether just getting out in the yard for the first time, or pushing past lawn prep and into spring projects, April offers savings from huge lawn and garden deals through the month. Expect 20% off and more on lawn seed, fertilizers, perennial bulbs and plants, shrubs and trees and many of the tools to do the work. Plus, bigger-ticket items like patio furniture, grills and lawn equipment will be on sale with savings that beat May and June prices on these items.

Home Items: April sales feature savings on a variety of items for the home as consumers look to wash off the winter with a refreshing cleaning and new look. Expect some of the lowest prices of the year on vacuum cleaners and cleaning supplies and tools, as well as deep discounts on area rugs, window treatments, bedding and home accents from major retailers like JCPenney, Macy’s, Kohl’s.

BONUS Buys: Well past the new year’s big electronics and mobile device shows and announcements for new products, prices for last year’s wireless gadgets, smartphones, tablets, wearables and digital cameras creep to all-time lows. This is a great time to secure graduation and Mother’s Day gifts, or make an upgrade for family needs, especially smart home and security devices that possibly coincide with spring home projects. Expect savings exceeding 50% on consumer electronics deals in April.

First Day of Spring – What to Buy, and Why

It’s the First Day of Spring – Here is What to Buy, and Why!

Spring Cleaning Supplies

Look for deals on vaccum cleaners, shopvacs and other cleaning equipment (brooms, mops, rug cleaners), cleaning supplies (including automotive products) and storage organizers and bins, especially for closets and garages.

Why?: Post-thaw…it’s that time of year when homeowners want a refresh and retailers compete with spring sales for this very captive audience.

Stores to Shop: Nearly all home improvement and department stores will hold spring cleaning sales events NOTE: pricing changes quickly during the spring, especially at online sites like Amazon and Ebay.

Expected Discounts: Shoppers can find modest discounts from 10-20% off general name-brand cleaning supplies that can be stacked with coupons for additional savings (depending on the name-brand offer on the coupon), up to 30% off storage and organizer items, and 20-30% off a wide selection vacuum cleaners and shopvacs with up to 50% off select models.

SAVINGS TIP: While cleaning supplies and tools may often be better represented at home improvement stores, average prices for home cleaning products may be better at big box stores. Smart shoppers will jump at any B1G1 deals on cleaning supplies offering a great time to stock up for the whole summer.

Activewear, Shoes and Outdoor Sports Gear

Running and hiking shoes, and name-brand fitness and activewear apparel and accessories will see huge sales, as will outdoor sporting gear and accessories for running, hiking, fishing, cycling and camping, including gear for organized youth and adult sports (soccer, golf, tennis and baseball).

Why?: Consumer are eager to prep for outdoor spring workouts and sports activities, which entails replacing and/or upgrading the active wardrobe and equipment–retailers respond with timely savings.

Stores to Shop: For active apparel and shoes, Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, Puma and Converse lead the way along with sporting goods stores like Finishline, Footlocker and Eastbay. REI, Patagonia, Backcountry , Bass Pro Shop, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cabela’s all have multiple spring events featuring discount pricing on the newest hiking, climbing, fishing and camping apparel and sports and outdoors gear. (NOTE: Big box stores offer related bargains for those on tighter budgets.)

Expected Discounts: Spring shoppers can save 20-40% off top name-brand activewear tops, shorts and sweats with up to 50% off select athletic shoes, and even deeper discounts on clearance items from last year. Similar individual product pricing will surface on sports and outdoors gear with 10-30% category discounts applied to specific brands.

SAVINGS TIP: Those looking for wearable devices like a smartwatch or fitness tracker will see a minumum of 20-30% discounts on last year’s Fitbits, Samsung Gear and Apple Watches, and 50% off some blue-tooth speakers, headphones and earbuds.

Lawn and Garden Supplies

Look specifically for products related to yard clean-up, landscaping , fertilizers and seed, bulbs, plants, shrubs and trees, as well as yard tools, power-washers, hoses, sprayers and deck and exterior siding cleaners.

Why?: Lawn and Garden items are at the top of homeowners spring shopping lists and retailers offer big sales events from late March through the month of April.

Stores to Shop: The big home improvement stores will offer the widest selection (HomeDepot, Lowe’s, Menards, Sears, Ace, Walmart and Kmart), but shoppers will want to check their local garden supply stores and nurseries that carry these items, as they’ll offer competitive pricing this time of year.

Expected Discounts: Look for 10-30% off  yard and garden prep items like seed, fertilizers, insecticides and plants, bulbs, shrubs and trees, with similar discounting on typical lawn and garden tools and equipment.

SAVINGS TIP: Add additional savings to your lawn and garden purchases utilizing mail-in-rebates, or cash back from Ebates and/or credit cards,. Wait for seasonal specials like Home Depot’s bi-annual $5 off $50 deal, Menard’s 11% off everything rebate, Lowes 5% off everything credit offer (or 6 months 0% financing), Sears Bonus Days 15% off sale and Ace Hardware $10 off $100.

 

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