The busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, is only days away, so if you plan to tackle the traffic, crowds and weather, it’s important to start scouting the best deals. Here are some Black Friday deals that retailers have already released:
OFFICE DEPOT: These offers are available while supplies last. No rainchecks are available. There is a limit of one per household or business. Also, there will be a minimum of four per store.
• BlackBerry Playbook for $199 (originally $499.99)
• Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Tablet for $299.99 (originally $449.99)
• Logitech Wireless Optical Mouse for $7.49
• Canon Wi-Fi all-in-one printer for $39.99
• 14.1 Megapixel Canon camera for $149.99
• Gateway Exclusive Laptop $299.99 (normally $499)
• Toshiba High Performance Laptop with 500GB Hard Drive for $399.99 (normally $629)
• Buy any HP PC and get a 32 GB HP Touchpad Tablet for only $149.99
BIG LOTS: Special sales Thursday to Saturday. Shoppers spending $50 or more Thursday through Saturday will receive a $10 coupon to be used for their next purchase at Big Lots. The store’s Black Friday ad will be available at www.biglots.com on Monday, according to a release.
• Pandigital 9-inch Touch Screen Android tablet with WiFi for $89 (save $80)
• Yamaha Digital Drum Pad for $44.88 (save 55 percent)
• Jazz Camcorder, YouTube ready, for $14.88 (save 62 percent)
• B&W E-reader with 100 preloaded e-books for $47 (save $32)
• Emerson Touch 4GB mp3 Player with rechargeable battery for $19.88 (save 60 percent)
• Sag Harbor Ladies Winter Boots for $10 (save $39)
• Decorative cherry fireplace with remote and heater for $269.99 (save $330)
• Select Video Games for Xbox, PS3, and Wii (includes Guitar Hero) for $5
• Polaroid 4GB mp3 player with camera for $14.88 (save 62 percent)
KOHL’S: Shoppers get $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent in store or online with no limit from Wednesday to Nov. 27. Starting today, customers can preview the Kohl’s Thanksgiving ad at Kohls.com.
Here are some early bird items on sale from midnight to 1 p.m. Friday:
• Select sweaters and long-sleeved knit tees from Croft & Barrow, Apt. 9 and SONOMA life + style for misses and petites and Croft & Barrow cardigans for misses and petites for $9.99
• Save 20 percent to 50 percent on select electronics: Polaroid 7-inch touch screen Android tablet for $99.99 (after $20 mail-in rebate). Bonus accessory kit with purchase. (reg. $179.99). Also, Vivitar 12.1 MP high-definition digital video camcorder for $59.99. (reg. $149.99)
• Save 50 percent on entire stock of toys: Includes Fisher-Price Dora Holiday Sparkle Doll, Fisher Price Imaginext Pirate Ship, Barbie Volkswagen Beetle, Tonka Mighty Fire Truck, Barbie Tawny Walking Horse, Sesame Street Ride On for $19.99 (reg. $39.99 to $49.99).
• Save an extra 20 percent on all fine and sterling silver jewelry, already 55 to 60 percent off: 23-carat T.W. genuine gemstone and diamond accent bracelet, 18k gold over sterling silver for $89.99 (reg. $450). Also, 2-carat T.W. diamond solitaire plus earrings, 10k gold for $1,899.99 (reg. $6,000)
STAPLES: Black Friday deals can be found at www. staples.com/blackfriday event. Early-bird deals include:
• Save $200-$300 on HP Laptops: (Prices starting at $299) Choose from a selection of powerful, lightweight, stylish 14-inch to 17-inch HP laptops.
• NOOK Color: $199 plus a $25 Staples gift card via Staples Easy Rebate
• Acer Iconia Tablet: $299 (regular price $399)
• Save $90 on 23-inch monitor: (regular price $189.99)
• Other deals include $299.99 for an LG 32-inch wide-screen LED TV (save $300), $199 for a BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet (save $300), $19.99 for an Omnitech Cross-Cut Shredder (save $80), $39.99 for a Staples executive chair (save $90) and $49.99 for a HG Photosmart Plus wireless all-in-one printer (save $100).
AUGUSTA MALL: On Friday, early-bird guests receive a $10 retailer gift card, while supplies last, when they spend $100 or more.
$3,511 IN COUPONS
Today’s issue of The Augusta Chronicle has $3,511.58 in coupons. This includes $2.24 at Kmart, $6.50 at Rite Aid, $1,768.39 in Smartsource, $27.46 at Walgreens, $1,53.20 at Rite Aid, $60 at Belk, $45.79 at Publix, $45 at JC Penney, $115 at Target, $348 in USA Weekend, $30 at JoAnn and $10 at Rack Room Shoes.
The SmartSource insert has a coupon for $2 off any purchase of $10 or more at Moe’s. It expires Dec. 31.
Save on fuel
Quadruple Fuel Rewards at Kroger: Through Dec. 11, Kroger is offering quadruple fuel reward points for all gift card purchases.
The points can be redeemed for discounts of up to $1 per gallon at Kroger fuel centers or 10 cents per gallon at participating Shell stations.
For example, for every $50 gift card, Kroger customers will receive 200 fuel reward points that can be redeemed for 20 cents off per gallon at a Kroger fuel center or 10 cents off per gallon at participating Shell stations.
Points can be redeemed for discounts of up to $1 per gallon at Kroger fuel centers, according to a release.
Free Junior Frosty Treats: Through Jan. 31, Wendy's customers can purchase a Frosty key tag for $1 at participating restaurants. If they show the key tag during follow-up visits through Nov. 15, 2012, they will receive a free Junior Frosty treat.
A purchase is required in order to use the tag. Visitors may only receive one free Junior Frosty per key tag per visit.
Proceeds from the sale of each tag will benefit the Georgia Health Sciences Childrens Medical Center.
Save with recycling
Refrigerator Recycling Program: Georgia Power has an EarthCents Refrigerator Recycling Program to help customers save money and energy. Customers can contact Georgia Power to schedule a free pickup of their working secondary refrigerator or freezer, and they will get $35. To schedule a free, in-home pickup or find out if you qualify, call (866) 446-9250 or visit georgiapower.com/refrigerator.
Refrigerators manufactured before 1993 use 75 percent more energy than newer models and can cost owners as much as $150 a year in higher energy costs, according to a release.
For more information about EarthCents programs and to learn about available appliance rebates, lighting incentives and home energy improvement options, visit georgiapower.com/earthcents.