How to Prepare for Black Friday

The massive After Thanksgiving Day sale known as Black Friday & Cyber Monday is coming quickly! Now is a great time to start preparing for this fun shopping day. Here are a few tips to help you get ready for Black Friday 2014:

1. Ask for Christmas Lists – Start asking for Christmas lists from family, friends, and relatives. This will give them time to start thinking about what they want for Christmas & it gives you time to make a shopping strategy to help make Black Friday shopping a little easier.

2. Request Time off from Work – Employees like to have off Thanksgiving weekend, so now is the time to put in your request to take a vacation day. Knowing you have off the day after Thanksgiving will help take a lot of stress off of you.

3. Start checking Prices – Between now and Black Friday you should be checking prices on some of your must-have products. This will help you avoid the stores that raise their “regular” price to make it look like a good deal on Black Friday and will ensure that you only take advantage of awesome deals!

4. Organize a Group to go Black Friday Shopping – Put the word out now that you want to get a small shopping group together for the infamous Black Friday shopping. Going with a group allows one person to stand in the long lines while the other people shop the deals.

5. Think of a Strategy – It is never too early to start thinking of a Black Friday shopping game plan. Map out the stores you want to go to with directions pre-printed. As the stores start releasing their Black Friday store hours it will really help you nail down your strategy.

Stay up-to-date on the Black Friday ads, deals, and store hours at

Subway $2 Sandwiches

Subway  December Subs Deal

For the month of December, Subway is offering $2 subs! You can choose from a cold cut combo 6″ sandwich or a meatball marinara 6″ sandwich. No coupon needed. WooHoo!!!

Black Friday Ads Released: Target, Walmart, & JCPenny

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Target, Walmart & JCPenny have released their Black Friday Ads! See them here:

What is your Black Friday game plan? See all Grand Junction Store Opening Hours for Black Friday… GO HERE!


Herbergers Black Friday Ad

The 2013 Black Friday Herberger’s ad has been released! Herbergers will have 500+ doorbusters on Black Friday. Doors will open at 8pm on Thursday except where prohibited by law. The doorbusters will be availabe from 8pm Thursday until 2pm Friday.

Herbergers Black Friday ad

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Understanding Sales Cycles

All stores are on a 1 or 2 week sale cycle, which means every 1-2 weeks they change the items that are on sale or update their promotions. This is typically how the sales cycles work in Colorado…

Grocery Stores such as Safeway, CityMarket, and Albertsons put out new ads every Wednesday and that sale/promotion will run from Wednesday-Tuesday. On occasion Safeway runs specials that are valid only Friday, Saturday & Sunday, but those will still be advertised in the ad on Wednesday.  Also, CityMarket generally runs their sales for 2 weeks with only a few changes week to week. The grocery store ads that come in the Sunday Newspaper are only a regurgitation of the Wednesday ad. It is always best to go grocery shopping on Wednesday right after the ad comes out to ensure the shelves are still stocked with the best deals.

Drug Stores & Retail Stores such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, and Walmart run their sales from Sunday-Saturday. They only produce 1 ad per week which comes out in the Sunday Newspaper. To ensure the shelves are stocked with the best deals it is best to go shopping at these stores on Sundays. Occasionally they might run a sale for select days but it will always be announced in their Sunday ad.

Specialty & Online Stores such as,, Payless ShoeSource©, and other mom & pop shops do not run on a certain schedule. When I worked as a buyer in the retail industry I noticed that many of these types of shops run their sales on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday because those are the days when their sites receive the most traffic. If you like a particular store it is always best to sign-up for their email list to ensure you never miss a sale.

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View all store sales ads here!

McAlister’s Free Cookie Coupon

McAlister’s Deli is offering a free cookie coupon when you sign-up for their email list. The email you will receive from McAlister’s will include promotions like their Free Tea Day!

McAlister's Deli

Rue 21 Coupon!


Rue 21 is offering $10 off every $30 you spend between now and September 2, 2013. Click the coupon to print it.

REI Garage Sale in Grand Junction

REI in Grand Junction

REI Garage Sales are a great opportunity to pick-up some gently used items at very low prices. At the REI Grand Junction location there is typically 2-3 rounds of products that the staff puts outside on tables. When you arrive the morning of the sale you will be given a raffle ticket. This ticket will win you freebies, but it is also your ticket into the sale area. The staff will call out numbers 0-9 and if that is the last number of your ticket you are able to go shop. To make it fair for the second round they will call the numbers in opposite order. Once you find the products you want to purchase you take them into the store and purchase them.

MARCH 2013 – REI will be SELLING USED GEAR every SATURDAY through the month of March! No need to arrive early as we will be continuously doling out the goods all day long. Get in here! Not a member? Ask a REI sales specialist about joining when you stop in.

$25 Grand JunctionRestaurant Giftcard for only $5

If you live in Grand Junction you can score a $25 Giftcard for only $5! Here are the restaurants that are participating in Grand Junction:

  • Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Fiesta Guadalajara
  • Enzo’s Pizzeria and Italian Cafe
  • Red Canyon Grille at Redlands Mesa

Go to and use promo code: DEALS at checkout. Today (2/22) is the last day of the deal. See other deals in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Magazine Deals for the Week

Here are the magazine deals for 2/22 – 2/27. Offers are valid for the day listed. These are top notch magazine at discounted prices! They can be new subscriptions or renewals.

Fri, Feb 22 – ESPN Magazine, just $4.99/year (80% off).Use Promo Code: 7742

Sat, Feb 23 – Glamour Magazine, just $4.99/year (66% off). Use Promo Code: 3370

Sun, Feb 24 – Wired Magazine, just $4.99/year (75% off). Use Promo Code: 6761

Mon, Feb 25 – House Beautiful Magazine, just $4.99/year (66% off). Use Promo Code: 9681

Tue, Feb 26 – Thomas & Friends Magazine, just $14.99/year (53% off). Use Promo Code: 8719

Wed, Feb 27 – Car Craft Magazine, just $4.49/year (62% off). Use Promo Code: 1538