My favorite shopping event of the year is finally here. This weekend, which kicks before Thanksgiving with some retailers, provides some of the best deals we will see. Traditionally, this is the weekend where most retailers cross over from red to black, and they will do whatever it takes to earn your shopping dollars. Offers are competitive, because almost every retailer will have one. I will update this every time I see an incredible offer through Cyber Monday, so this list will grow over the week. My tastes might vary from yours, so make sure you sign up for emails from all of your favorite retailers. It is also a good idea to check multiple blogs and sites to see what each of them feel is worth mentioning this season. Most of these offers go out to all customers. Of course, there might be some affiliate exclusives or offers targeted to select customers. I am not listing any small offers, because this is the time of year when we can stretch our budget further by scoring just the right deal. Some big offers will not make the cut either, because I cannot list them all.
As we enter the fourth quarter of the year, expect to see a lot of friends and family sales. This is the time of year when retailers reward its customers. Most friends and family sales are available to the public. That is the case with the Bloomingdale’s event each year. Anyone can take part, including those who stumble upon the event. No code is required to take advantage of the event. There are Loyallists bonuses during the event, so they will get extra rewards for purchases during the event. The Friends and Family sale starts online today and in-store on October 1st. It runs through October 8th.
Bloomingdale’s has been around since 1860. Since the 1872 launch on the lower east side, it has been a staple in fashion and luxury items. The famous store on third avenue has stood since 1886. Like its parent company, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s is an American tradition. It is the only nation-wide full-line, upscale department store. That is pretty impressive considering how many of the others have also been around for over 100 years. When it comes to Bloomingdale’s, I always have a positive experience whether shopping in store or online. That’s not to say I do not enjoy the others. I’ve actually shopped at every store on the list and have never had a bad experience with any of them. These department stores have been in business for as long as they have, because they know how to treat their customers.
Bloomingdale’s had a wonderful discount on sale and clearance items from June 29th through July 4th and sent coupons to Loyallists that gave an extra percentage off up to 40%. I actually received four different codes (five emails but two had the same code) during that period and did not realize until after the sale that the codes were different. If the first one I checked did not have the highest discount amount, I am sure I would have checked the other emails. When I know they’ve sent me the highest one, I have a hard time passing.
I have a lot of makeup brushes. When my beloved Lancome #17 disappeared, I ordered a Sephora #71 (on sale for $11 as a replacement). Knowing my favorite brush would pop up again, I did not want to replace it with an expensive one. The Sephora brush is not as good as my Lancome one and has a slightly different overall shape, but it got the job done while I searched for my precious. Less than one month after ordering the Sephora brush, it disappeared, too! My Lancome brush was still missing, so it was finally time to purchase a brush I’d been putting off for years. Yes, the infamous MAC 217 has eluded me for a while, but why?