The Planner Girl’s Guide to Black Friday

Hi everyone! Are you super excited for Black Friday this year? I’m super excited to buy way more planner things than I need! 🙈 I’m basically gonna share my wishlist with you guys, along with some other deals and general shopping tips. 👍 I used to be into extreme couponing, and Black Friday gets me so excited! Even if I’m not planning to buy a lot of stuff… I just love a good deal!! 💸

Before shopping, please make it a point to read and understand each store or website’s coupon policies that way you don’t feel disappointed or cheated if a coupon doesn’t work. On the other hand, if you know the policy, you can stand your ground politely if a store associate tries to decline your coupon. Just have the coupon policy on hand, stay calm, and PLEASE be nice to the sales associate. Even if they’re rude to you! Imagine how it feels to have to work in a chaotic environment like Black Friday!! You don’t know how early they had to wake up, how far they had to commute, what atrociously rude customers they had to deal with before you… These same employees might have had to miss Thanksgiving with their family because they had to work to keep their jobs! Remember what the holiday season is all about and try to spread some of this holiday cheer while you’re out shopping! It’s all about love, gratitude, kindness, etc.

Ahem… anyways…

Personally, I don’t plan to go into any stores on Black Friday. I’m going to do as much shopping online as possible because I don’t particularly enjoy going into stores on Black Friday. Too chaotic for me. 😅 Amazon is my favorite and since I have Prime (which includes free shipping!!) I’m planning on making most of my purchases there. However… I did research other stores and sites because I’m all about finding the best deal out there!

I’ll go over some of the sales and deals that stood out to me from some of my favorite places to shop: Amazon, Silhouette America, Etsy, Michael’s, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Me & My Big Ideas (Happy Planner), and Erin Condren. I’ll update deals as they expire and as I discover new ones!

This article was last updated on 11/24/17 at 7:00pm.

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Amazon Deals

Before we dive into the deals, we need to talk about whether or not you’re a Prime member. If you are, you probably already know about all the seriously amazing benefits. Even if you’re not, you can qualify for free shipping on orders of $25 or more on eligible items.

But let’s talk about Amazon Prime real quick. It’s amazing. It’s awesome. It’s so convenient. I’ve had it for YEARS. I honestly didn’t even know about some of the features until my dad asked me if I had tried some of them. Honestly, I’m mostly here for the free shipping. But all of these other freebies are pretty cool, too, right?

Included With Amazon Prime Membership:

  • FREE 2-hour, same day, or 2-day shipping with no minimum on eligible items (and trust me, it’s a lot)
  • Prime Video (stream movies & TV shows for free)
  • Prime Music (stream music for free with no ads)
  • Prime Reading (access to books, newspapers, magazines to read for free)
  • Twitch Prime (free game content every month, plus ad-free viewing and a subscription to one Twitch streamer for free)
  • Prime Photos (unlimited cloud storage for photos, for free)
  • Prime Rewards (5% cash back if you get the Amazon Credit Card)
  • Early Access to Lightening Deals (sudden, limited quantity offers where products are steeply discounted)

Guys, you can get all this for FREE for 30 days! This is just in time for Black Friday and last-minute Christmas shopping! After 30 days, it’s $10.99/mo. Or you can purchase the 1-year plan for $99. A 1-year membership is like paying for 9 months and getting 3 free. Or, it’s like paying $8.25/mo. It’s the same price, just a different way of looking at it. That’s not bad considering the cost for shipping can be $3+ for a single item. I really think Prime pays for itself in the money it saves you in shipping costs alone.

If you already have Prime, you can give Prime to a friend for 3 months ($33) so they can try it out, or you can cover them for a whole year ($99). *hint* *hint* #greatgiftideasforJackie 😅

Alright, I’m done gushing about Prime. For now. But there’s one last thing I gotta mention. It’s called eBates. If you shop at Amazon through eBates, you get a percentage of cash back depending on the category. Right now, the deals range between 3% and 6% cash back. If you sign up for eBates with my link, you get $10 just for joining! Best of all, it’s totally free to join eBates!

Okay, here are my top 10 planner girl picks from Amazon. I’m probably going to buy most of this list (well, except for the cutting machines. I’m only gonna get one of those. 😅) If you want to read more about my comparison of the Silhouette Portrait, Portrait 2, and Cameo 3 as well as learn about some awesome bundle deals, check out my post on the Silhouette machines here.

I may or may not buy these on Black Friday. I’ll honestly probably wait until Cyber Monday!

1. Silhouette Portrait ($129.00)

2. Silhouette Cameo 3 ($226.17)

3. Silhouette Cameo 3 Starter Bundle ($249.99)

Comes with the machine; 24 Sheets of Permanent Oracal 651 Vinyl – 12×12″ sheets, 1 Roll of Premium Transfer Paper; 24 Silhouette Sketch Pens; the AutoBlade; 12″ x 12″ cutting mat; vinyl trimmer, ratchet adjustment tool, scraper, hook & spatula tool; “The Ultimate Silhouette Beginner Guide to Vinyl” by Silhouette School; Silhouette Studio software (free download from Silhouette website); 100 exclusive Silhouette designs; USB and power cord; Silhouette Beginner Class.

4. Limited Edition Black Silhouette Cameo 3 & Starter Bundle ($249.99)

Comes with the machine; 24 Sheets of 12″ x 12″ Permanent Oracal 651 Vinyl; Assorted mix of 24 Sketch Pens; the Autoblade; 12″ x 12″ Cutting Mat; Vinyl Trimmer, Ratchet Adjustment Tool, Scraper Tool, Hook Tool or Spatula Tool; Vinyl Instructional Guide by Silhouette School; Silhouette Studio software (freedownload from Silhouette website); Online Cameo 3 Instructional Class; 1 Roll 12″ x 6′ Premium Transfer Tape; 1 Month Membership to Silhouette University; 1 Month Membership to Silhouette Club; $25 in digital downloads from Silhouette’s Design Store; 100 Exclusive Silhouette designs; USB & power cord.

5. Limited Edition Pink Silhouette Cameo 3 & Starter Bundle ($249.99)

Comes with the machine; 24 Sheets of 12″ x 12″ Permanent Oracal 651 Vinyl; Assorted mix of 24 Sketch Pens; the Autoblade; 12″ x 12″ Cutting Mat; Vinyl Trimmer, Ratchet Adjustment Tool, Scraper Tool, Hook Tool or Spatula Tool; Vinyl Instructional Guide by Silhouette School; Silhouette Studio software (freedownload from Silhouette website); Online Cameo 3 Instructional Class; 1 Roll 12″ x 6′ Premium Transfer Tape; 1 Month Membership to Silhouette University; 1 Month Membership to Silhouette Club; $25 in digital downloads from Silhouette’s Design Store; 100 Exclusive Silhouette designs; USB & power cord.

5. Cricut Explore Air 2 ($197.00)

6. Cricut Explore Air 2 Bundle with Tools & Seasonal Designs ($279.99)

Comes with a Spatula, Scraper, Scissors, Sharp Hook Tool and Needle Point Tweezers. The seasonal designs are digital items that may be emailed to you.

7. Zebra Mildliner 3 pack Bundle ($14.00)

Includes the pink pack, yellow pack, and blue pack. Each pack comes with 5 highlighters, so you get 15 total.

8. Sunstar Kadomaru Pro Corner Punch ($8.88)

This thing is AMAZING!! It has 3 corner punches in one: small, medium, large. And it makes the mot satisfying “click!” sound when you use it! I used my friend’s just once and I was HOOKED! I’m totally getting this thing on Friday even if it’s not heavily discounted!!

9. 8.5″ x 11″ Avery Shipping Labels – Pack of 25 sheets ($8.69) OR $28.73 for a pack of 100 sheets

These are great options for sticker paper for DIY stickers! For example, you can print my printables on these shipping labels, and then cut out the elements with a paper trimmer, pair of scissors, or even an x-acto knife.

10. We R Memory Keepers Washi Chomper by American Crafts ($28.73)

Omg, you guys. You guuuuuyssss!!!! This nifty little gadget chomps your washi into PERFECT little bunting banners every time! You can either get a triangle point, or a two-tail ribbon design chomped out of your washi. Guys, this thing is AMAAAZING!!!! I totally want one!!!

11. InterDesign Acrylic Drawers ($22.98)

I absolutely LOVE these drawers! They are PERFECT for washi! I wrote a whole blog post about them where I reviewed them and a couple runner-up options for washi storage. I originally bought two, but my washi collection has grown so much since then, I need to buy a third! I rate this product 10/10 stars, I would recommend it to any planner girl!!

Silhouette America

The Silhouette Black Friday sale is live! Please visit the Silhouette America website for the latest information on their Black Friday sale! It is valid until December 1 at 11:59pm MST.

If this is your first time making a purchase from Silhouette America and you plan on buying a machine, consider joining their Club Silhouette. It’s FREE to join for the first 30 days. You’ll get 10 exclusive designs for free each month, and 1 point for every $10 spent. Each point can be redeemed for $1 credit towards your next purchase. So, if you’re planning on buying a Cameo 3 bundle for $249.99, you’ll earn 24 points because you spent $10 , 24 times (you’re 1 penny short for a 25th point). If you plan on buying extra accessories like 4 AutoBlades for $25, they’ll only cost you $1. Plus tax, shipping, other fees, etc. Read more about all of this here.

Anyways, on to the deals!

  • save 40%
  • special limited edition machines Cameo 3 machines– in blue and purple (they’re pastel shades!!)
  • free shipping on orders over $100
  • Portrait 2 ($199.00) ($159.99) and comes with 100 exclusive designs and $100 to spend in the Silhouette Design store
  • Cameo 3 ($299.00) ($199.99) and it comes with 100 exclusive designs and $100 to spend in the Silhouette Design store
  • Curio ($249.99) ($179.99) and comes with 100 exclusive designs and $100 to spend in the Silhouette Design store
  • Mint Christmas Bundle ($50.00) comes with 18 different ink colors, 5 stamp kits (15x15mm, 15x30mm, 15x60mm, 30x30mm, 30x60mm, 45x45mm, 45x90mm), 50 exclusive stamp designs, a stamp sheet, a stamp mount, a stamp base, & 2 labels)
  • 4 Regular Blades ($24.99)
  • 4 AutoBlades ($24.99)
  • 4 Premium Blades ($39.99)
  • 2 Premium & 2 Deep-Cut Blades ($44.99)
  • 4 Cutting Mats, 12×12″ ($29.99)
  • 4 Cutting Mats, 8×12″ ($24.99)
  • 2 Cutting Mats, 12×24″ & 2 Cameo PixScan Cutting Mats, 11.5×8.5″ (34.99)

Do you want the Curio and the Mint? Well, there’s a bundle for that. Check out some of the AWESOME bundles:

cameo blue
Limited Edition Blue Cameo 3 Bundle – $249.99. Comes with: 2017 Exclusive Advent Calendar, 100 Exclusive Designs, $100 Credit to Silhouette Design Store, Pink Cameo Dust Cover, 12″ x 3′ roll of Neon Pink Heat Transfer Vinyl, 12″ x 3′ roll of Mint Glitter Heat Transfer, 12″ x 6′ roll of Blue Vinyl (either matte navy or glossy blue), 12″ x 6′ roll of Transfer Tape, 24 assorted pens, a hook, scraper, spatula, and Pick-Me-Up tools.
cameo lavender
Limited Edition Lavender Cameo 3 Bundle – $249.99. Comes with: 2017 Exclusive Advent Calendar, 100 Exclusive Designs, $100 Credit to Silhouette Design Store, Pink Cameo Dust Cover, 12″ x 3′ roll of Neon Pink Heat Transfer Vinyl, 12″ x 3′ roll of Pink Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, 12″ x 6′ roll of Glossy Dark Pink Vinyl, 12″ x 6′ roll of Transfer Tape, 24 assorted pens, a hook, scraper, spatula, and Pick-Me-Up tools.
cameo black
Black Cameo 3 Bundle – $249.99. Comes with: 2017 Exclusive Advent Calendar, 100 Exclusive Designs, $100 Credit to Silhouette Design Store, Pink Cameo Dust Cover, 12″x 3′ roll of Neon Pink Heat Transfer Vinyl, 12″x 3′ roll of Black Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, 12″x 6′ roll of Black matte or glossy vinyl, 12″ x 6′ roll of Transfer Tape, 24 assorted pens, a hook, scraper, spatula, & Pick-Me-Up tools.
cameo white
Cameo 3 Bundle – $249.99. Comes with: 2017 Exclusive Advent Calendar, 100 Exclusive Designs, $100 Credit to Silhouette Design Store, Gray Cameo Dust Cover,
12″ x 3′ roll of Neon Pink Heat Transfer Vinyl, 12″ x 3′ roll of Gold Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, 12″ x 6′ roll of Glossy White Vinyl, 12″ x 6′ roll of Transfer Tape, 24 assorted pens, a hook, scraper, spatula, & Pick-Me-Up tools.
portrait 2
Portrait 2 Bundle- $179.99. Comes with: 2017 Exclusive Advent Calendar, 100 Exclusive Designs, $100 Credit to Silhouette Design Store, Grey Portrait Dust Cover, 9″ x 6′ roll of Metallic Red Vinyl, 9″ x 6′ roll of Metallic Green Vinyl, 9″ x 3′ roll of Dark Pink Heat Transfer Vinyl, 9″ x 10′ roll of Transfer Tape
curio
Curio Bundle – $229.99 Comes with Silhouette Mint™, 2017 Exclusive Advent Calendar, 100 Exclusive Designs, $100 Credit to Silhouette Design Store, Natural Curio Dust Cover, 3 Metal Etching Sheets, 6 Metal Stippling Sheets, 6 Sheets of Embossable Foil, 10 sheets of Score & Emboss Paper – 8.5 in. x 11 in., Large Curio Base Kit

Etsy

There are SO many sales going on over on Etsy. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Sign up for eBates! As of writing this, you can get 6% cash back on some purchases on Etsy through eBates. It doesn’t only work with Etsy… you can shop with eBates at a lot of stores like Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Groupon, etc. If you sign up with my link, you’ll get $10 for joining!
  • Before Black Friday, check to see if the Etsy shop has an Instagram or Facebook page/group. Sometimes Etsy shops will use social media platforms to announce sales and even exclusive coupon codes!
  • Be quick! Quantities might be limited in some stores, and items could sell out quick! You might want to try adding the items to your cart before the sale begins, that way all you have to do is check out when the sale does begin.

Michael’s Deals

Michael’s actually has 3 days of sales. They open on Thanksgiving Day (which I think is kinda crummy), but I’ll go over some things that caught my eye during their sale. To see all of their deals, check out the Michael’s official Black Friday ad. If you plan on shopping online instead of going to the store in person, please don’t forget to use eBates for 2% cash back on your purchase!

If you haven’t already, you should sign up to become a Michael’s Rewards member. Members get exclusive coupons, early access to shopping events and sales, and early alerts for sales. One of my favorite perks of being a Rewards member is downloading the Michael’s app and having all of my coupons and my Rewards card on my phone. It’s so convenient!

To be perfectly honest, the Michael’s Black Friday sale is just okay. The 70% off deals are pretty cool because items don’t typically get discounted that heavily unless they’re on clearance. But all the 60% off deals… Michael’s issues a “60% off any regular price item” every so often. Jo-Ann Fabric’s does too, and Michael’s accepts competitor’s coupons. If you can’t make it out to Michael’s today and if you can wait for the next 60% off coupon to roll around, you won’t be missing out on any AMAAAZING ONE-TIME ONLY savings. I didn’t even bother to list the “BOGO 50%” or any sales lower than 60% off because in my opinion, they’re not even good deals.

Anyways, here are when the sales start:

  • Thanksgiving store hours: 6pm (5pm for Rewards members) – midnight.
  • Deals start online Thanksgiving day at 4am EST
  • Black Friday store hours: 7am-10pm
  • Saturday store hours: 8am-10pm

Coupons

It’s important you know and understand the coupon policy so that you’re not disappointed or feel cheated when trying to make your purchase. Please read Michael’s Coupon and Price Guarantee Policy online to familiarize yourself. I’ll just highlight a couple important aspects of the policy:

  • Coupons do not apply to Everyday Value Program, Doorbusters, Technology, Custom Frames, Glass and Mats, Custom floral arrangements, books, magazines, candy & beverages, gift cards, sale, clearance, buy & get items, online-only products, classes, events, birthday parties, shipping, delivery or installation fees, Cricut, Silhouette, Brother, Fuji, and Polaroid products, typewriters, sewing machines, 3D printers, Hatchimals, DigiLoom, Christmas trees, the Elf on the Shelf.
  • The coupon stating “x% off your entire purchase INCLUDING sale items” means only that. The previously mentioned categories are still incompatible with coupons, except for items on sale. This means “normal” sale. Not doorbusters, clearance, or buy & get. For example, one of the “Doorbusters” is that all Recollections and Happy Planners are 60% off. Since this is a doorbuster, the “30% off your entire purchase including sale items” will NOT apply to any of these particular planners.
  • One type of coupon per transaction. For example, this means I CAN use a 50% off one item AND a 25% off your entire purchase coupon in the same transaction. In order to do this, I must purchase one item at full price (this will have the 50% off coupon applied to it), and all other items must be on “normal” sale or be full price.

That being said, there are a few coupons available for this 3-day sale. They are:

  • Thanksgiving day 6pm-midnight: 30% off your entire purchase including sale items in-store & online. Use code THANKS117T online.
  • Black Friday 7am-noon: 25% off your entire purchase including sale items
  • Black Friday noon-10pm: 40% all regular price purchases
  • Saturday 8am-noon: 25% off your entire purchase including sale items
  • Saturday noon-10pm: 50% off one regular price item
  • Thanksgiving-Saturday: 70% off all custom frame collections

The Deals

Here are some of the sales/deals that stood out to me. The following deals are all Doorbusters, which means you can NOT use any additional coupons on these products.

Thursday & Friday Doorbusters (% off):

  • Free shipping on Christmas trees 6ft and taller ordered online (all trees 50% off or more)
  • 70% off all Christmas Ribbon by Celebrate It
  • 70% off all Green Label strung beads by Bead Gallery & Bead Landing
  • 70% off Gallery Wrapped Traditional & Heavy Duty Canvas
  • 60% off all Floral Stems by Ashland
  • 60% off all Handcrafted Floral Arrangements
  • 60% off Craft Storage
  • 60% off all 2017-2018 Planners by Recollections and The Happy Planners
  • BOGO free all Paper Crafting Stickers, Washi Tape & Embellishments

Thursday & Friday Doorbusters (Sale Prices):

  • $59.99 Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera
  • $199.99 Cricut Explore Air 2
  • $7.00 Caron Big Cakes, Sprinkle Cakes & Tea Cakes Yarn; Caron One Pound Yarn; Lion Brand Wool-Ease, Thick & Quick
  • $5.00 Hot Buy Scrapbook Paper Pads & Boxed Cards
  • 5 for $10 all 8.5″ x 11″ Value Pack Paper

Saturday Doorbusters & Sale Prices

  • 70% off all Christmas Roll Wrap (giftwrap)
  • 70% off all Belmont Frames & Shadow Boxes
  • 70% off all Back-Stapled Traditional Canvas
  • 70% off Christmas Boxed Cards
  • 60% off Christmas Garlands
  • BOGO free All Strathmore Artist Paper Pads
  • 3 for $10.00 Iris 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook Cases (craft storage)
  • $3.00 Christmas Wreath, 24″

Jo-Ann Fabrics

The Black Friday sale has already begun at Jo-Ann’s! Both in-store and online! If you plan on shopping online instead of going to the store in person, please don’t forget to use eBates for 1% cash back on your purchase!

Just as I mentioned before with Michael’s, please read and understand Jo-Ann Fabric’s coupon policy so that you don’t feel disappointed or cheated if your coupons don’t work at the store.

Here are some general things you should know:

  • Stores open at 6am on Wednesday (today!) and Black Friday
  • STORES ARE CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING 👍
  • Sales start online on Wednesday at 12:01am EST

Coupons

On the website, they only have two coupons listed. One for 40% off one regular-priced item, and another for 50% off one regular-priced item (both of which expire on Wednesday). However, if you download the Jo-Ann’s mobile app and sign up, you’ll find other coupons such as:

  • $5 off your purchase of $35 or more – includes regular & sale-priced items! Excludes doorbusters.
  • $15 off your purchase of $75 or more – includes regular & sale-priced items! Excludes doorbusters.

Wednesday & Friday Doorbusters

There are a lot of good deals on fabric (like 60% or 70% off) but I’m not going to go over fabrics because I personally do not work with fabric in my planner. If you’re interested in these sales, you should look at Jo-Ann’s offical Black Friday Ad.

  • $219.99 Cricut Explore Air 2 Rose Bundle (the machine itself is light pink and it comes with a replacement premium blade, 3-month Cricut Access membership, Cricut Explore Antiquity Pen set “& more!” It’s valued at $329.99)
  • $149.99 Cricut Explore Air Pink (as in the machine itself is pink)
  • $199.99 Cricut Explore Air 2 (the machine is a light blue/mint-ish kinda color). It’s important to note that you can find this item for $2 cheaper at full-price on Amazon.
  • 75% off all Print and Cardstock open stock papers
  • 50% off all Cricut Accessories
  • 50% off all Papercrafting supplies

Saturday & Sunday Doorbusters:

  • 70% off all Paper Pads & Stacks
  • 70% off all Holiday Garlands, Stems & Wreathes
  • 70% off all Holiday Gift Wrap, Bags & Accessories

Me & My Big Ideas

To be perfectly honest, I’m not quite sure what’s going on over at Me & My Big Ideas. I’ve looked on their website, as well as both accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (There’s the “Me & My Big Ideas” account as well as “The Happy Planner” account on each social media platform). The only thing they mention about Black Friday is to check out Michael’s for Black Friday deals. I haven’t received any emails from them, either.

In years past, they have had deals like

  • 30 Value Sticker Packs for $40
  • Planner Bundles for $50. These bundles included a planner, 6 sticker books, 5 other sticker sheets, 2 set of dividers, and an extra set of discs.
  • Free shipping on orders over $75

So you can use these past Black Friday deals to sort of anticipate what the sales might be on their website. Or you could just go to Michael’s, like they suggest. Remember, on Thursday and Friday there are 2 doorbuster sales going on that could affect Happy Planner products. The first one is that all planners (including Happy Planners) will be 60% off. The second one that may affect certain MaMBI products is the BOGO free all Paper Crafting Stickers, Washi Tape & Embellishments. This might include the MaMBI sticker books, but I can’t say for certain. The Michael’s ad does not specifically name any other MaMBI accessories such as planner covers, dividers, extra discs, washi tape, or the sticker books.

That all aside, they’re also having a pretty good sale on their older planners and accessories, now that they’ve released their new line of planners. At a quick glance, it looks like some items are up to 60%.

Erin Condren

30% off sitewide. Use code ECBF17.

If you do decide to shop on the Erin Condren site and it’s your first time there, you can sign up through my special link and get a code for $10 off your first order!!

Summary

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you guys for now. I’ll be updating this post as I discover more deals. If you know of any sales or deals that planner girls would be interested it, let me know in the comments below! Do you plan on doing any shopping this weekend?

As always, remember to subscribe to my blog to be the first to know about my latest posts! See ya later, mashed potater! 💖

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