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  • Best of Vons/Pavilions Deals: Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2015

    Vons Pavilions deals and coupons

    Here are the best deals in the small and short sale now at Vons and Pavilions. Though they have different names, they are both Safeway affiliates, and you can use your Vons card at Pavilions and vice versa. They run the same sales, and have the same Coupon Policy here.

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    Best of Ralphs Deals: Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2015

    Here are highlights from the very short and small sale now going on at Ralphs. Learn about shopping at Ralphs, including their coupon policy, here.

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    Get Ready for the Holidays: Decorations

    Get Ready for the Holidays 2015 with Chief Family Officer

    Thanksgiving is over, so most people are at least thinking about decorating their houses, if they haven’t started already. Personally, I’ve been impatiently waiting for Thanksgiving to come and go since late summer because I have boxes of holiday decorations that I want to put through the KonMari method of tidying.

    I didn’t want to drag down the boxes in September, then put them away and haul them back out two months later. So I’ve been waiting to go through the boxes and handle each and every holiday item we own while asking myself, “Does this spark joy?”

    By the time I’m done, I suspect my holiday decorations will take up half the space they do right now, and that’s going to be great. I’m open to adding to my collection, but only when the new item sparks joy.

    Original image via by Stuart Miles.

    Morning Coffee: I’m out shopping right now

    Morning Coffee - Nov 27, 2015 @
    Morning Coffee is published daily and includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    I know it’s the biggest shopping day of the year, but I don’t have the latest deals for you because I’m out shopping with my girlfriends right now and nowhere near a computer.

    However, I don’t want you to miss out! My favorite place to shop online on Black Friday is Amazon – their Black Friday page is chock full of good deals, though there will be more to come before Christmas. Be sure to check the Kindle deals page too, because they have had hundreds of books on markdown in the past.

    Don’t forget about the Black Friday Deals page here at Chief Family Officer, where you can see what’s on sale at some of your favorite stores. You can also use the Find a Deal feature if you’re looking for something specific, like a TV or stand mixer.

    ~ Pampers Rewards: Get 5 points with code TWJ5XAQ9PKE9L15

    ~ Today only: Ralphs/Kroger shoppers can get a digital coupon for one FREE Airheads Bites or Airhead Xtremes Bites

    ~ Centsable Momma: How to survive a no-spend month (this seems interesting – extra difficult? – with the holiday season)

    ~ Serious Eats: Transform leftover turkey into carnitas

    Banner ad via ShopHer Media.

    Why I Shop on Black Friday

    Why I Shop on Black Friday | Chief Family Officer

    I first started shopping on Black Friday because my dad needed a new overcoat. This was B.K. – Before Kids – and my parents and I headed to Macy’s at 7 a.m. We found the store was relatively empty and the sale prices were great . . . we were hooked.

    The tradition of shopping at department stores on Black Friday continued for a few years, but it died out once the kids were born, and if I did any Black Friday shopping, it was from the comfort of my desk.

    Fast forward to a couple of years ago, when one of my girlfriends suggested a middle-of-the-night post-Thanksgiving dinner Black Friday trip to the outlet stores. To be honest, I thought she was insane – who goes outlet shopping at 2 a.m.?!

    As it turns, we do! There have been four of us the last couple of years, and there will be at least three of us this year, maybe more. Each year, I tell myself it’s ridiculously crazy to leave the house after midnight and I think about not going, but then I go and I have a fantastic time. Mostly because I’m with some women I like very much, who are funny and fun – we talk up a storm, and find great deals for ourselves and each other.

    And yes, the deals really are great – an extra 70% off at Kate Spade, an extra 20% off at Nike and Under Armour, 60% off at Tory Burch (not that I’ve actually bought anything there – even at 60% off, their stuff is pricey!).

    I understand why some people are upset about the consumerism of Black Friday, and that some people hate that their loved ones work on Thanksgiving (though one year when I was at CVS, the cashier said she was happy to be working at time-and-a-half pay).

    Personally, I wouldn’t brave the crowds or stand in long lines alone. But I’ll do anything with my girlfriends . . . and that’s why I’ll be out there again this year!

    Image via by David Castillo Dominici.