I don’t know about you, but I find the whole Black Friday / Cyber Monday thing to be a bit overwhelming. There are so many “hot” deals to wade through that I sometimes end up buying nothing at all. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing: the only way to ensure saving the most is to not buy at all. That said, a number of deals out today are compelling. I absolutely refuse to go to any big box stores today (crowds… shudder), but many deals are available online.
As a reminder, Nick has been compiling all of the Black Friday deals into this Master post. Please visit that post for a complete and up to date list of deals.
Here are the deals that caught my eye…
There’s a local spa in my town that accepts Spa Finder gift cards and they often have gift card deals of their own. I plan to stack the 30% off with 10.5% portal rewards, but I won’t bother with the Happy gift card part of the deal. Once I have the Spa Finder gift cards, I’ll wait for the local spa to offer their own deals. They often do things like, “buy $100 gift card and get a $20 bonus gift card for free”. When they do that, I’ll buy their gift card with the Spa Finder gift card for payment.
$100 Hotels.com gift card for $79.99 at BJ’s Wholesale (also 20% off Dunkin Donuts, Uber, and Red Robin.
I could always use more Uber or Hotels.com gift cards at a big discount. I’m not sure if you have to be a BJ club member to buy at these prices though? If so, I’ll skip this one.
Hmmm. I wasn’t specifically looking for wireless earbuds, but these get fantastic reviews. Should I give myself an early Christmas present? These earbuds retail everywhere for $299.95, but Nick shows how to get them for a net cost of $214.96.
I already have the Moto G6 and I like it a lot (See: My Google Fi experience so far). So, why would I even consider this deal? On a recent trip abroad I found that the Moto G6, combined with Google’s Project Fi, was an awesome wireless hotspot. I plan to write up my findings soon, but not in time for this deal unfortunately. The key piece of info I discovered: this Fi compatible phone worked as a hotspot even when using a free secondary SIM on my Fi plan. So, I’d consider getting this $99 phone to hand to a family member when traveling abroad so that they can also enjoy high speed internet. If you decide to buy, keep in mind that you must pay for at least 1 month of Project Fi service (minimum $20), but you can offset that by signing up through a friend referral link and getting $20 credit (here’s mine). The phone comes unlocked.
Truthfully, I probably won’t buy this because I already have one, but it’s still somehow compelling.
The Samsung Gear S3 is the only watch that offers Samsung Pay at all credit card terminals even if those terminals don’t offer contact-less payments. I don’t like to wear bulky watches, but I do like to earn 3X with my Altitude Reserve card. I’m extremely tempted by this one.
I still need to check the link to see if any family member’s Amazon accounts qualify. If so, this one is a no-brainer!
20% bonus on Fairmont Gift Cards [Available Friday, 11/23/18 from 2pm-5pm EST]
I’m not planning to buy, but I definitely would if I knew that I would have a Fairmont stay within the next year or so.
Nick read my post before publication and gave me this advice:
I’d say buy yourself those Sennheiser headphones because I’ve owned Sennheisers and they make great quality headphones…but if you have to pick, I’d say you need a Gear S3 for the Altitude Reserve. You’ll make enough on that over the next year to pay for a set of Sennheisers :-).