Best Deals of the Day, Black Friday 2015


***Evening update: The stores here are cleared out! That just means it’s time to move online. I’ve updated the list below with a few more goodies.

If you’ve never shopped from the Amazon app before, you can get a $5 off with this link. Full disclosure, that’s my referral link, and I’ll get a coupon too. But after you’ve started with the app, you can generate your own code to share with friends. $5 for everyone!

Target both in-store and online today is offering a 20% off coupon for a Target shopping trip between 12/4 and 12/13 if you spend $75 today.


  • The Amazon Echo is $149 again. They briefly offered it for $99 to Prime subscribers at launch, but this seems to be the cheapest price for the foreseeable future.
  • Today it’s PNY SD cards on sale, including the micro size, so if you’ve got a phone with expandable memory or a camera on your wish list, it’s a good time to grab some SD cards.
  • Pebble Steel $99.99 at Best Buy


  • For a Wii U, Target and Wal Mart are your best bet. They’re offering the Wii U with Splatoon and Super Smash Bros for $249.99.
  • Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle, Fallout 4, and extra controller, $299.99 at Dell
  • At GameStop, the hot ticket is on pre-owned. They’re offering a buy 2, get 1, which you can also use on consoles. That’s three 3DS XL devices for the price of 2 (or an assortment of other pre-owned pieces). They’re just about unavailable on the website at this point, so you’re going to have to go to the store.


Cameras and gear

  • KEH, a great site for used camera gear that is often pretty amazing on its own, has 20% off cameras, 30% off lenses, and 50% off accessories. Free shipping over $49, which should be easy.

Games (board and video)

  • Family Game Night classic board games are still on sale.
  • Target has Disney Infinity 3.0 and Skylander SuperChargers starter packs for $34.99. Their availability online has been intermittent, so keep an eye on it. They’re also $37 at Wal Mart.
  • If you can still get yourself to a GameStop, their pre-owned Infinity and Skylanders characters are buy 2, get 3 free. No, that’s not a typo. I bought ten. All other pre-owned items are buy 2, get 1 free.


Fashion and beauty

  • If you’re interested in high-end consignment, I recommend TheRealReal and Tradesy. At TheRealReal, you can get 20% off with code THANKS today. At Tradesy, you can get $50 off a purchase of $350 (GET50), $200 off $1000 (GET200), or $500 off $2500 (GET500). (This year I scored a pair of black Louboutin pumps for under $200 with Tradesy. I’m in love.)
  • ThredUp is a little bit lower end and also has kids and maternity consignment. You can get 40% off your first order with TAKE40 and free shipping for everyone.
  • Clothes are all 40% off at Target.
  • This reddit thread rounds up the makeup sales for today and Cyber Monday.
  • Ulta has some Black Friday specials exclusive to the website. My favorite is $11 for the Urban Decay travel kit. It includes Perversion, which, as far as I’m concerned, is made of magic and unicorn hair, given what it does to my lashes!
  • DSW has 30% off two pairs of shoes. What I didn’t realize yesterday is that it includes clearance. And if you’re a member, you may have a $20 off $50 coupon. We scored about $350 worth of shoes for $40.
  • CorsetDeal has 50% off a ton of gear. They’re not going to be daily wear corsets, but for costume purposes, they’re great. Code BLACK50.
  • Haute Look has free shipping sitewide, today only.


By day, Ruth works to make open source software communities better. The rest of the time, she makes things, which means her husband and kids know to watch out for stray sewing pins and to ask before eating anything made of fondant.