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.
Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 when Grover Cleveland (some dispute giving him credit) declared we needed an annual celebration of workers and their achievements. This was during the height of the Industrial Revolution, so employees were really making an impact on the economy. It was not uncommon for workers to endure 12 hour shifts, seven days a week. No one was immune, not even children. Since weekends did not exist for these workers, Labor Day was a welcome and extremely brief reprieve for our ancestors who brought us into a new millennium. Though must of us do not have the work ethic of our forefathers, and thank goodness for that because there is more to life than earning money, Labor Day is still an important part of our society.
Free gifts at Ulta (not a gift with purchase but a free gift) are rare, but they do come out occasionally. In May, Ulta randomly mailed 0.03oz Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencils to Platinum members. Ulta randomly mailed Urban Decay Vice samplers to Platinum members in June. Those samplers included 24 0.007oz new shades of Urban Decay Vice Lipstick. Some Platinum members were lucky enough to receive both. Others received one. Unlucky Platinum members, like myself, received neither. The July 2016 catalogs have a coupon inside for a free gift in store. There is no purchase required, but there are not enough for every member.
Happy Leap Day. It will be four years before this day repeats. Many retailers take note of this special day and put on special deals. Here are my favorite Leap Day Deals that are only valid today.