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Black Friday Tips & Tricks

Black Friday is just over two weeks away. Personally – I love Black Friday. Not just because of the deals – It’s not AS amazing as it used to be – but because it’s the official kick off of the Christmas season – shopping, Christmas decorations, Christmas music, red Starbuck’s cups – It’s always a fun day for me! I never did black friday shopping as a kid. We didn’t have a lot of stores available really close to us on Cape Cod and it wasn’t as much of the hype I don’t think. But I remember going one year during college and have been hooked ever since.

I thought I would gather a few posts that will help everyone this Black Friday while you are out shopping or at least while you make your plan of attack!

black friday trips and tricks

Black Friday 2014 Tips & Tricks

We all have our iPhones and Androids while you are out shopping or even while you are planning your shopping trip. This post has a great list of 6 Must-Have Black Friday Apps!



Once you have your mobile apps – learn what you should NOT be buying on Black Friday with this What Not to Buy on Black Friday post!

Stores are opening earlier and earlier every year – Trying to figure out what stores open when? Here is a great list of 2014 Black Friday Store Opening Times.

Here are some tips on how to NOT Lose Your Mind While Shopping on Black Friday!

Want to get the in-store deals without going to the store? Here is how to get Black Friday Deals online!


Are you going to skip the stores and just shop online? Here are 7 Things No One Tells You About Online Black Friday Shopping

Here are 10 Huge Predictions for Black Friday 2014!

Make sure you are not overspending with this Black Friday Budget Plan Printable

And if you are not into shopping – then here are 15 Fun Family Activities for Black Friday that don’t include shopping!

Grand Prairie Premium Outlets

Finding Deals at Grand Prairie Premium Outlets!

Kyle and I (Lennox too!) love to shop! I think Kyle loves clothing shopping more than I do, actually! One of our favorite spots to shop lately have been the new Premium Outlets in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Grand Prairie Premimum Outlets has 110 great stores including Bloomingdales, Gap, Banana Republic, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Lucky, Joe Jeans, Nike, etc. There is something for every type of shopper. We actually went Easter Weekend and the weekend after – once with my friend Meagan to do some mega shopping for her and one more to explore some VIP deals, offers and to work with the center. (Thank you!)

Grand Prairie Premium Outlets Both times – I was out to look for some great deals! I need a major refresh on my wardrobe as we get into the hot summer months here in Texas – and the outlets never disappoint.

The first deal we found were actually 2 winter coats (one for me, one for Kyle) at the Merrel outlet. These fleece jackets usually go for $150 – since it was spring and we won’t need them again until the winter, we were able to get them $20 each! 20 BUCKS! That’s a great deal!

My second great deal was a brand new pretty handbag from Kate Spade. The Kate Spade outlet is small but has some great deals to find. The whole store was 40% off, but they also had a clearance area, where everything was an additional 50% off the lowest marked price. I found this beauty marked down from $400 to $200, then take 50% off and another 10% off for being a VIP member. So I ended up getting this bag for about $90 (and I had a $100 gift card to the outlets, curtosy of Premium Outlets!). SCORE! Kate Spade Bag for $100 from Grand Prairie Premium Outlets

Some other great deals that I found was a cute new dress for #SOFABCON14 at Banana Republic Factory Outlet – Marked down from $70 to $17! Some cute flats at Gap Factory, marked 50% off to make them $15. Some linen pants & shorts for $15 each!

bloomingdales bathing suit, kate spade bag $100, gap shoes, shorts, pants- Grand Prairie Premium Outlets

Lastly, I finally found a new bathing suit I really love. I hate bathing suit shopping, honestly. Post baby moms shouldn’t’ have to wear bathing suits! But I found one that is cute and practical at the Bloomingdales Outlet for $40 total.

I love the deals I found and every time we go – there are always some great gems to find! My tips for hitting an outlet center/mall is to go on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday AM. Holiday weekends have great sales too and at the end of a season. I always head to the clearance section first since the best deals are usually found there.

What are you best outlet shopping tips? What are some great deals you have found? What is your favorite outlet store?

Awesome Deals from Just Between Friends

Friday night was one of my favorite nights of the season – it was Just Between Friends shopping night! I love going to Just Between Friends Fort Worth. I am able to buy pretty much anything I want (a shopping spree if you will) and even though, it’s all for Lennox – I love shopping for her and finding a good deal! This fall sale did not disappoint. I spent more this time than I have in the past, but I got a lot more items. I got more clothes actually than toys this time – but I found some great clothes and I find that the larger the size you need, the more expensive it does get. I’m really happy though with my finds!

justbetweenfriends-fort-worth-fall-2013I apologize ahead of time for all the photos – I wanted to take a picture of everything I got, so it’s a little picture heavy but so many great deals at Just Between Friends! Here is a sneak peek of how it looked at the end of the drop-off time before the sale started. SO MUCH STUFF!
just-between-friends-fort-worth-fall-2013On to the deals! My number one (and two) deal this time around were actually some of the cheapest things I purchased, without even knowing what they were exactly.

I purchased a lot of shoes, but these two pairs were very different and cute. The Lelli Kelly shoes were 97% off! NINETY SEVEN! They originally $60 and I paid $2! And then the Morgan & Milo orange shoes were $4 and originally $50 – that’s 92% off!

boutique-shoesHere are all the other shoes I got too. Check out those converse and the pink cowgirl boots!

shoesI was able to find a few things for Lennox’s big girl room too! The vanity in this picture will be from Grandma & Papa (my parents) for Lennox. It was a great deal too – Usually $150, I paid $30! I also found that cute lamp to go on her new dresser and a princess sign for the wall or over her door.

big-girl-roomToys. I got some of the items on our Christmas list for Lennox and some toys for her Great Grandma to give to her (she asked!). In this picture is 5 puzzles, LeapFrog ABC thing, Crayola Color Wonder Musical Pad, Stamp Set, 2 bags of Barbies, Melissa & Doug sticker pad and 2 coloring pads. Also – 2 sets of gloves with matching hats for the winter!

toysOther than toys and “equipment” the rest was clothes… lots of clothes! First, Halloween is around the corner and although we have to make Lennox’s costume (more on that later), it was a good time to pick up some more dress up clothes – Tinkerbell and Ariel for under $10 total!

dressupI found 2 Christmas dresses (under $10 total). I love the polka dot one – I think that will be the one she wears in our family Christmas photo!

christmas-dressesWe can’t get into the fall/winter season without some new pajamas and footie pajamas at that. I just love pajamas! I got 7 pajamas (4 footies, 1 two-piece and 2 nightgowns). All for $3 each and in GREAT condition! By the way, 4T footie pajamas look SO big!

pajamasThen we got to the jackets. You really never know what a winter is going to be like here in Texas so the key is having lots of different weight jackets! I love the brown plaid one and the Gymboree jean jacket w/ belt for $5!

jacketsJeans – we all need jeans! The front ones w/ the flowers on them have the cutest little butt! There is a big purple flower that is hiding in the pocket.

jeansI found a few full outfits for $3 / $4 each as well as some tops w/ skirts. All are very different from what she has now – glad I didn’t stick with the normal stuff!

tops-outfitsDresses – dresses are an essential in Lennox’s closet. In a way they are so much easier to throw on and I know they will fit for quite some time because you can always add leggings under them. So I found 6 casual dresses.

dressesI love all of these cardigans and sweaters – The middle two especially! Very different and more “big kid” than baby looking now! Oh and the left two, still have the tags on! Perfect!

cardigansUniforms are something I’m always looking for too. If Lennox has to wear navy every single day, then I try to mix it up a little bit. My favorite is the Ralph Lauren Polo dress on the right. How cute is that sweater dress. I think it’s going to look so cute w/ some winter tights under it. Now it just has to get cold because it’s still 110 degrees here!

uniformsSo those are my awesome deals. I know, I got — A LOT! but now Lennox has all her clothes for the fall and winter and she had NONE since she has grown so much. I did also get 5 or 6 other plain shirts/sweaters/jeans for Lennox’s Mimi to work with. She will decorate them for the holidays! I also got Lennox a ZhuZhu pet town – all the pieces plus some hamsters i a big Rubbermaid box for $12 – what a deal! She will love it for her Zhu Zhu pets our neighbor got. That and all the other toys will be set aside for Christmas.

So have you been to a Just Between Friends sale? What is the best deal you have ever found? And how much do you think my total bill was?