Black Friday deals that caught my eye


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…

44% or more off Spa Finder GCs with big stack

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 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 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.

Nice deal on new Sennheiser wireless earbuds

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.

Cheap Project Fi: $99 Moto G6, $149 Moto X4

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.

Hot deal: Get Samsung Gear S3 Frontier for $130 net (great for mobile payments)

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 cardI’m extremely tempted by this one.

$100 win at Amazon (20% off up to $500) w/ 1 Membership Rewards point

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 says…

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 :-).

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