I, for one, will NOT be out shopping on Black Friday (and I'm going to try to avoid it on Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving as well)!
That being said, if you are one of those brave souls who will not doubt find amazing bargains, I'd like to offer you some additional great deals! After all, you should be rewarded for helping the economy by "shopping til you drop"!
You have to stop to eat at some point, right? Why not buy one (or more) of these restaurant and other gift cards:
Applebee’s — In-store only: Buy $50 in gift cards, get $10 bonus card.
Arby’s – Buy $20 giftcard, get a FREE Combo meal.
Barnes & Noble — Buy $100 in gift cards, get free $10 eGift card.
To see even more restaurants offering free gift cards, food, or other treats in exchange for gift card purchases, stop by Mommy's Wish List.
Want to get all your gift cards in one place AND save a ton of money on gas for driving from store to store on Black Friday? Through 12/11/11, Kroger is offering quadruple fuel rewards points on many of the gift cards sold at its in store kiosk (excludes Kroger grocery gift cards). That means, if you purchase a $25 gift card, you'll earn 100 fuel rewards points. The rewards points can be redeemed for discounts of up to $0.10 per gallon on fuel at Shell stations and up to $1 per gallon at Kroger fuel centers.
What other "non-traditional" deals do you know about?
I consider frugality an art form and a religious conviction. I learned about paying cash for purchases, recycling and reusing just about everything and being generous to friends and those in need from my parents.
My faith instructs me all things are gifted by God and so I am compelled to be a good steward of my gifts. [The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man. Psalm 115:16]