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Spending Black Friday Preparing for Cyber Monday: Secrets and Faves

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I’m not much of a shopper, but ’tis the season when shopping’s on everyone’s To Do list isn’t it? So, in an effort to make it fun, I thought I’d spend Black Friday preparing for Cyber Monday. (If I can avoid the crowds via the convenience of the Internet to do my shopping, plus save money, you better believe I’m gonna!)

While I’m on my Friday Fun Shopping Spree, I figured I’d share a secret for saving as well as talk about some of my favorite online retailers.


Maybe it’d be more appropriate to call this one an earning secret. (Because when you shop via this site, you not only save but also earn, which I’ll explain below.)

At any rate, every day is Cyber Monday on this site, not just the day after Thanksgiving. (But for the actual Cyber Monday, as well as Black Friday, it’s a great place to find hourly deals.) This is your one-stop online shopping destination to:

  • Find out which online merchants are offering coupons and discounts
  • Find out which online merchants are offering free shipping
  • Find out which online merchants are offering special holiday deals
  • Earn Rebate Dollars (which translates into a check sent to your mailbox every time you accumulate $10 or more in Rebate Dollars) every time you click through to a merchant from their site and buy something

You can find just about any major store (,,,, Walgreens, even Wyndham Hotels & Resorts just to name a slight few) here.


Starting in September, my husband groans every time he opens the mailbox.

“More catalogs?” he teases me.

I do love my catalogs –or, rather, I love ordering from my catalogs. I always find the perfect gifts for everybody on my list –from the humans to their pets! (Or my own. Pets that is.) And I can shop right from my computer. No crowded parking lots, no packed stores, no standing in lines…ah yes, shopping online is good!

The following catalogs are my top faves:

  1. Creative Irish Gifts – It satisfies my Celtic tooth.
  2. Femail Creations – Great place to find gifts for my girl friends.
  3. Hammacher Schlemmer – I have no idea how to say the name (I just call it Hammer Schammer), but this one has the craziest gifts I don’t see in other catalogs. (Some are outrageous –and outrageously priced– and I could never afford them, but they’re great fun to look at.)
  4. Personal Creations – Fun stuff, personalized, to make special gifts extra special for the special people in my life.
  5. The Pyramid Collection – With it’s gifts rooted in myth, magick and fantasy, this is the place I turn when buying for my more open-minded friends.
  6. Signals – I never expect to find much in its pages, but end up earmarking away like mad!
  7. Victorian Trading Co. – Oh wow, this catalog indulges the romantic in me. It’s loaded with turn of the century (which it describes as “nouveau Victorian”) gifts and collectibles that takes me back to a time when I’m sure I lived before.
  8. Wireless – I don’t even know how to describe the products in this catalog. Clever. Witty. Unique. I appreciate the whimsy offered up here. (And so do my friends who never fail to say, “Where on earth did you find that?” to gifts purchased from here.)
Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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2 thoughts on “Spending Black Friday Preparing for Cyber Monday: Secrets and Faves

  1. Hey Monica, thanks for your comment. I think you hit it on the head when you said cybermonday is more about Hype. I got some 25% off here, some free shipping there, but it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. (And I honestly expected and hoped to find a lot more free shipping offers than I did, but the ones I did find all had minimum order requirements, which were reasonable, but what I wanted to buy wasn’t always enough to get it.) Also, to be honest, I was rushed to do what shopping I could because we got back from vacation late on Sunday. Yesterday I was scrambling to get all sorts of other things in order and just didn’t have the time to look for the deals like I normally would’ve taken the time to do…But I did find a couple things that I wanted at really great prices so in the end…I did get some shopping done, saved money and didn’t have to fight crowds. (Although, I will say this year more than before I encountered more downed systems than in the past…that was a bit frustrating. But I took it as a sign I wasn’t meant to buy from there and moved along! 😉

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