Black Friday Tips and Bloghop

Black Friday.

I love it.

With four kids, a husband, (Me, LOL) and countless family and friends to buy for, I count on Black Friday.

So, what tips do I have for you?

1) Pay attention to the ads. If you know you shop somewhere a lot, sign up for their emails. You’ll get first-hand deals all through the year, not just Black Friday.

2) Don’t use credit to shop. I’ve been there, done that, getting into debt to give my kids a good Christmas. It takes longer and costs more to pay off, so really, it’s a BAD idea…. unless…

3) Since I only have a limited amount of money saved up for Christmas, cause, you know, all the year round bills, I capitalize on Intrest Free credit cards.

– Home Depot is 0% for 6 months if you spend $299 or more. Do I need $300 worth of presents from them? Usually, no. They let you buy gift cards using credit, so that’s what I do. Then, next month when I need to buy something from HD, guess what? Yup. Gift cards.

-Amazon.com is 0% for 6 months if you spend $149 or more. I don’t know about gift cards, but I can always spend that much there between books for everyone in the family, friends, (Again, Me)…

-Walmart is running a special right now 0% for 6 months on ANY purchases made in Nov & Dec. I admit, I didn’t have a Walmart card, but when I saw this, I got one. Why? They had a high ticket item (XBox 360 Kinects bundle, which is good out-of-your-seat & family game play for the whole family). As soon as I pay it off, I’ll close the card.

Now, KEY: I’m not advocating using credit cards for Christmas shopping. (See #2)

But, if you’re like me and don’t have a hefty chunk of money for Black Friday, then shop wisely.

ANOTHER NOTE: If you’re approved for a $2500 card, PLEASE, PLEASE, don’t use it all.

You still have to pay it off, and in order to capitalize on the 0% interest, you must pay it off in the time allotted. Tonight (cause I do a lot of shopping online on Thanksgiving day – see sign up for emails) I purchased the majority of gifts I’ll be buying this year, through Amazon.com which has killer deals and usually reads ads so they can match your local sales, and Walmart (RE: Big item). I spent $400.

In order to pay that off in 6 months, it will cost me about $67 a month.

Yeah, I can afford that.

But I couldn’t afford to pay interest.

So, that’s my little bit of advice.

Now for the good stuff:

Welcome to our Black Friday blog hop! See below for the huge list of prizes!

One random commenter (can be on any of the blogs) will win a Kindle Fire, along with all the prizes below! That’s the easiest kind of shopping I can think of…

Prizes:

– Cassandra Carr: copy of either of my two current releases, Talk to Me or Head Games
– Kristabel Reed: back list copy of one of her stories and then on her own blog a $10 GC plus a copy of her newest release, Risque, a Regency Menage Tale
– Lucy Felthouse: back list copy of any of her single-title books
– Cari Quinn: back list copy of one of her books
– Leigh Elwood: two back list copies of her books
– Natasha Blackthorne: copies of her two Regency era novellas: Grey’s Lady and Waltz of Seduction
– Amber Kallyn: e-copy of Dragos 1

– Camryn Rhys: Kindle copies of The Barn Dance and Off the Record – Foodie Erotic Romances
– Lissa Matthews: two of her back list books
– Misa Buckley: an e-copy of Ironhaven and To Reach the Dawn
– Lacey Wolfe: a copy of Ambers Muse
– Courtney Sheets: a $25 GC to Ravenous Romance and a copy of Kona Warrior – PDF
– Sara Brookes: an e-copy of one of my back list books
– Cynthia Arsuaga: a copy of an e-book, and on her own blog five book charm book tethers
– Louisa Bacio: .pdf copy of my first book in The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf series, and on her own blog a $10 certificate to Ravenous Romance, and each commenter will also be entered to win a Goody Bag of new Orleans treats
– Malia Mallory: one copy each of The ABC’s of Erotica and Santa’s Back Door Baby
– Cynthia Eden: a copy of Angel of Darkness (either print or digital)
– Carrie Ann Ryan: an e-copy of The Alpha’s Path
– Jacquie Rogers: a Smashwords coupon for Faery Merry Christmas, plus on her own blog, a free copy of Much Ado About Marshals

KT Grant: a print copy of Sweet and Sinful and an ebook copy of my next release, Xavier’s Loving Arms

So what are the rules? Simple: visit as many of the blogs as you can and leave a comment for the blog owner. For every comment, you’ll get one entry into the grand-prize drawing. Be sure to leave your e-mail address with every comment so we can find you if you win! And don’t forget that several blog owners are giving away prizes specific to their blog, too!

One winner will be chosen on Saturday morning using random.org. I will contact that person about the Kindle Fire and then each blog owner with a prize will contact the winner themselves to arrange delivery of said prize. Questions? Contact AuthorCassandraCarr AT gmail DOT com.

Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Click here to see & comment on the other participating Blogs 🙂

About Amber Kallyn

Amber Kallyn is the author of paranormal erotic romances and urban fantasy.

Posted on November 25, 2011, in Blog Hops, Contests, Giveaways and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 88 Comments.

  1. Lenna (veganlenna)

    Wow, sounds like a great giveaway!
    Lena
    re(dot)komunikace(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. That’s great shopping advice. Thank you for the giveaway!
    bookofsecrets(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Thanks for such a cool giveaway! Great tips on Black Friday shopping. Using credit cards are the worst for this day, I agree. I learned the hard way.

    TLC84@yahoo.com

  4. No black friday shopping for me. Awesome giveaway!

    GabbyG

    msgabby(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I’d rather die than shop on Black Friday. Besides, I’m having a great time doing this blog hop. jay9moore@gmail.com

  6. Great shopping advice!! I have never had a credit card in my life. I’ve always been afraid to get one, because I know myself I would max it out in no time. I like to start shopping after Christmas. When the retail world goes into Spring mode and all the winter stuff goes on Clearance. I can buy more for everyone without spending more. And I shop year round when there are great sales and deals going on.

    Good luck to those of you out there today shopping 🙂

    Tonya
    tonyacallihan at hotmail dot com

  7. I don’t do credit cards at all. In this house all bills and everything else are paid in cash up front so I don’t have to worry about it later on down the road. While I didn’t go our for black friday when I do I go out with cash and don’t spend more than I have.

    ~~*Drea*~~
    dreabecraft(@)aol.com

  8. um Wow. Thanks for all the great information about the deals going on at stores. Happy Shopping everyone.

  9. Great advice! Thanks for the giveaway!

    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

  10. Great tips.Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

  11. Michelle Bledsoe

    Love your tips. I will have to use them.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  12. Good shopping tips for Black Friday and all year!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  13. Thanks for having this great blog tour giveaway!!!
    Online shopping shopping for me! After the last 2 days of cooking and cleaning, I didn’t want to end up getting trampled too!!! LOL!
    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!!!
    kimmyl
    klmc_37@yahoo.com

  14. Great advice! I use cash only when shopping for Christmas. No use in going into debt during the hoildays!

    lovetoreadforfun at gmail dot com

  15. Great advice. I personally try to stay away from credit. If I can’t afford something, then I can’t afford it!

    makepeace.arts[at]gmail[dot]com

  16. I love black Friday shopping! I avoid Walmart, Best Buy, and Toys R Us. I just got everything I wanted at Target – including the electronics! I use bfads (dot) net if I am trying to track down the best deal for a specific item.
    Thanks for the Blog Hop giveaways!
    Chessa
    chessa79 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  17. Credit cards are a bad, bad thing for me. I won’t use them unless I get the no interest for so many months.

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop, this is so much better than going out of the house, freezing, and into hoards of shoppers!

    mnjcarter@charter.net

  18. No Black friday shoppping! No credit cards to worry with!
    Love the giveaway!
    imajicasnow@inbox.com

  19. Years ago, I started shopping early…like in March. As I saw items, I would buy them and pay off the credit card at the end of the month. That method worked well for me; I had my shopping completed early and didn’t have a large debt.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  20. I agree about not using credit cards but if you do, do it wisely, know ahead of time how much it will take to pay it off without incurring so much interest. I have been saving a bit for this particular shopping day and used only cash. We shopped last night, found our deals and were home by midnight! Thanks for being part of the Blog Hop!!

    Eva
    evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. What a great blog hop. I’m hopping along.

  22. Gift cards are wonderful ideas and NOT charging everything is another fantastic tip.
    My grandfather used to say that my grandma kept shopping even when the money was gone because she still had checks in her checkbook. LOL!
    Just because you have a credit card, doesn’t mean you have to race to reach the limit. Great post!! 🙂
    Happy Holidays!
    robinbadillo720 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  23. No, No, No…Black Friday, if there is any shopping to be done…it’s online for me! Saves toes that way!

    barbbattaglia@yahoo.com

  24. Yes, it’s tempting to want to fill up a new credit card when you get approved for a big credit limit, especially when there are great deals going on. But better to hold back and think about how to pay for things that wouldn’t stretch your budget.

    Thanks for being part of this giveaway. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    susanaudrey33 at gmail dot com

  25. what an awesome giveaway! thanks!!
    darksiry(at)gmail(dot)com

  26. You had a few good ideas, I might take advantage of some of them next year.

    This is such a generous giveaway, thank you! I hope you’ve had a good holiday.

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  27. Thanks for the great financial tips; I didn’t even know there were 0% cards.
    geminicalli at yahoo dot com

  28. It’s cash for me when I shop. Unless I go online which allows me to sleep in!

    cmselfridge@gmail.com

  29. Checking in between shopping and family 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by, and for sharing your own tips. They’re great 🙂

    Good luck ya’ll.

  30. Shopping on a Black Friday is just not for me (unless it’s online shopping of course). I hate crowds and rude people.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Happy Holidays!!

    gosia727(at)gmail(dot)com

  31. Thanks for the great tips and giveaway!

    Thalia
    museclues08 AT yahoo DOT com

  32. You know I have read all the Dragos series but the first one? How can that be? Great advice on the credit cards by the way, that can be a slippery slope if you are not VERY careful. Thanks for the giveaway?

    dukediva32(at)yahoo(dot)com

  33. I just can’t do Black Friday! I wasn’t built for it! 😉

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  34. Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance.
    KimS.
    truebloodfan(at)rock(dot)com

  35. thanks for all of the great tips. this is an awesome giveaway, i know several people that would live to have some of these prizes if i won them. 🙂 I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

    tammy ramey
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

  36. Online shopping is the way for me. No lines, no stress, no traffic. I did Black Friday once, not knowing the whole concept of it and it was an interesting experience. But nowadays, it is getting more violent as the years go by. So, I might consider myself being a coward but I see it more as being safe than sorry.

  37. Awesome giveaway and thanks for the great tips!
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

  38. Shereifa Ritchie

    Hi Amber! Thank you for the giveaway! those are some great tips, their will be no Black Friday shopping for me and no credit cards, when the stores that i shop at are having sell its straight cash. rshereifa at yahoo dot com

  39. Can’t wait for this give away. roeflor@gmail.com

  40. Thanks for the tips and the giveaway! I used to go overboard with my credit card around the holidays. Now I set a budget, and use cash for a majority of my purchases.
    mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

  41. Great shopping advice. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

  42. Great advice! Thanks for the chance to win a Kindle Fire!

    amysmith98(@)gmail.com

  43. Great tips for those brave enough to go out this Black Friday!

    mconnolley@yahoo.com

  44. Excellent advice about the use of credit cards – been there, done that, too!

    Generous giveaway -thank you so much for the opportunity!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

  45. You are a far braver woman than I, Gunga Din. LOL We decided several years ago that Christmas meant money, not plastic. It’s so nice to have no bills come rolling in after the first of the year! Thanks for the blog hop. It’s been way more fun than shopping!

  46. Thanks for the chance to win! Happy Black Friday!

    andralynn7 AT gmail .com

  47. That’s great advice about the credit cards, too bad not many will heed the it. Save all year is the best way and watch the prices.
    There will be more sales than just on Black Friday. And some be even better.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  48. Great advice! Thank you for the chance to win!

    emilytardy@yahoo.com

  49. Yep….used my debit card to shop this year!;-)

    mmbrack@earthlink.net

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