First Person: The Truth About 'Extended' Black Friday Sales

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I've never been a huge fan of shopping during the Black Friday rush. The bargains hardly ever seem worth the hassle of dealing with the pushy crowds. I have ventured out a few times, but I always go straight to what I'm looking for, and get out a fast as possible. This year, however, a lot of stores have extended some of their best Black Friday deals long after they were due to expire, and I have taken advantage of some of those sales. Here are three ways I saved because of extended Black Friday sales.

Bed pillows

I have always been very picky about my pillows, and I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for where they are concerned. It isn't uncommon for me to spend $20 per pillow when it's time to replace the old ones; however, because I'm budget conscious I'm always looking for a way to get the best item for the perfect price. When I learned a local store was extending some of their Black Friday deals, I decided to check it out. I found bed pillows that sale for $29.99 on sale for $9.99. That is a total savings of $20 per pillow, or $80 for four pillows.

Blu-ray player

In early 2012 my husband and I moved into our first home, and for the first time ever we have a basement den. This extra space gave us the room we needed to have a second television seating area, which we were excited about. We already owned a second TV for the area, but wanted a Blu-ray player down there as well. There were a lot of deals available for early-birds on Black Friday, but didn't seem to be any real savings in the normal sales. Luckily, I found a $59.99 Blu-ray player on sale for $29.99, which was a $30 savings.

Bath mats

Bath mats are one of those things that wear out so quickly that it seems silly to pay a lot for them. I rarely buy them as a part of a matching set because they are even more expensive that way. So, when I see nice, neutral colored bath mats on sale I like to stock up. This year I found bath mats that retail for $11.99 on sale for $4.99 and decided to buy six. I saved a total of $42 on the six mats.

In all, I spent $99.89 on $251.89 worth of items. That is an overall savings of $152, or about 61.5%.

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