How To Save Money Holiday Shopping Without Black Friday

How To Save Money Holiday Shopping Without Black Friday |


Shopping on Black Friday is one of my favorite things to do all year. However, I find that it is a bit too chaotic to do all of my holiday shopping that day. Because of that, I normally get my “for me” gift on black Friday, and get my holiday shopping done earlier. This way I can save money and be prepared! Here are a few of my favorite ways to save money holiday shopping without Black Friday.



Shop ahead of time!

This is the most important step! Nothing will make you spend more money than waiting until the last minute to get whats left of the holiday gifts! Plus, this lets you plan out what you want to get your loved one and keep an eye out for the best sale!

**Because I am an affiliate for Zulily, this post contains affiliate links**

I am an affiliate for Zulily because I love their site SO much! This site has TONS of new sales every day with gift ideas for the whole family (and friends)! While they have a bunch of cool retailers I was unfamiliar with, they also have big name brands like Toms, Le Creuset, and Disney. The sales change every day and normally last about a week. So there are always new things with savings of up to 70% off! I use year round for household items, clothes, and shoes but they also have a bunch of things for children! I definitely suggest checking them out!

Right now, I am eyeing some Saucony products that are on sale because this girl needs some new running shoes and leggings!


Buy your presents AFTER Christmas!

This tip works best for those friends and family members that you have to mail their present too or aren’t seeing until after the holidays. Stores have HUGE sales after the holiday season because they have to make room for all of the new merchandise they’re getting in. Plus they know that people get money for Christmas that they want to spend! I literally rack up on all of my perfume for the year after Christmas because the sets are so cheap.


Make your own presents!

I know what you’re thinking, “That sounds cheap”, but let’s be honest. Sometimes we just don’t have a ton of money to spend on all of our aunts, uncles, and cousins!

  • You can make some candles. (Michaels sales candle making kits, just be sure to use a coupon.)
  • You can make a fleece blanket. These are super cheap and easy to make! Pinterest has tons of ideas!
  • You can bake some cookies.  Just be sure to put them in something that can be used after they’re gone. I love the idea of wrapping them in cute kitchen towels or placing them in a basket!


These are ways I avoid doing holiday shopping on Black Friday. I love going out and finding some major things for myself (like computers and cameras and such) but it can be a hassle if you have multiple things to get at different stores!


What are you favorite ways to avoid the crowds? Do you have a go to present that you make for your loved ones? 

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Ginger Marie

I'm a thirty-something lifestyle blogger who tries not to take life too seriously. I think laughing and running are the cure to everything especially when its done in a new city. I think a balanced diet is important, and that they're much easier when they include chocolate. :)

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  1. Great tips! I made a few homemade gifts last year and they were a hit.

    1. That sounds awesome! What did you make?

  2. Great ideas! I’m definitely gifting on a MAJOR budget this year so I’m going to have to figure out the best way to gift those I love for very little.

    1. Me too!! I am moving in January and Lord knows that takes a lot! haha

  3. I love all the holiday shopping tips! The ideas for making gifts really resonate with me. Baking a batch of cookies is a beautiful suggestion. In past years, I have made homemade body scrub and knitted scarves. Thanks for all the great money-saving tips!

    1. Those are great ideas!!! The body scrub idea is particularly awesome!

  4. Love Zulily, my friend has a daughter who models for them. Their stuff is super afforable!

  5. Hi, wow love your blog!! I signed up for emails, and also pinned this on my Pinterest!! Terrfic post, I found you through NaBloPoMo!! Your blog is really nice, and I look forward to reading more!!

    1. Thanks Joann! I’m glad you liked it!! 😀

  6. These are great tips. I have a friend who exchanges gifts with family a week after Christmas just so they can all save money on gifts! Such a great idea.

  7. Hi Ginger,
    Great post to prepare us for Black Friday!
    Ps. Since you are so fabulous, I nominated you for The Liebster Award here –

    1. Thank you! I hope it saves you bunches of moolah! Also, thanks for the Liebster!! 😀

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