Black Friday And Cyber Monday Deals On Must-Have Furniture And Decor

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The season of spending is officially upon us. According to a report from Mastercard SpendingPulse, retail sales are predicted to hit their highest rate and that E-commerce sales will be up 104%, compared to five years ago. Part of the reason for this increase is that it’s one of the best times of the year to save on those expensive items for the home like large appliances, mattresses, furniture, and décor. So if you’re still debating one of these purchases—don’t. Former Saks Fifth Avenue CEO and Mastercard senior advisor Steve Sadove explained to me why it’s time to take out the credit cards. “It’s the day that gets shoppers in the emotional frame of mind to search for deals and make purchases, and that continues through December. In fact, Mastercard SpendingPulse anticipates that 4 out of the 10 biggest shopping days will be in December. Black Friday weekend is an important weekend for furniture with some of the best deals of the year. I would say the same for mattresses as well.”

Here are some of the most stylish home goods on sale to kick off holidays.

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9 Things To Buy On Black Friday That Will Save You Money

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Most of us are pretty irrational when it comes to our spending habits. We don’t think twice about small daily purchases — but if a price tag crosses a certain threshold, we start to feel uncomfortable about our buying decision.

This mindset is not good for your bank account. Small purchases are usually low-value and have a very short gratification period. Larger purchases, while a bigger investment, usually pay for themselves and continue to improve our lives over time.

With all of the holiday sales starting, now is a great time to start thinking harder about the things you buy.

This Black Friday I challenge you to rate purchases in terms of value and long-term return. Avoid picking up a bunch of cheap things just because they’re a “great deal” and go for items that will improve your life and save you money next year. Here are nine examples of purchases that check both boxes and are even better buys on Black Friday.

1) Restaurant Gift Cards

You probably don’t have every weekend planned out for 2019 but one thing I can guarantee you’ll do is eat at your favorite restaurant.

On Black Friday, many restaurants offer a bonus gift card when you purchase a certain denomination (you’ll see deals like buy a $100 gift card and get an extra $20). This is a great way to lower your food spend in 2019 without changing your eating habits. Just check the fine print as some “bonus” gift cards will need to be spent by a certain date.

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2) Fitness Equipment with Live Classes

Fitness classes are a great way to stay in shape. But they can get expensive. A spin class costs $20 on average, and that price can be even higher at some studios. Attending class three times per week means you’re likely spending at least $250 per month or $3,000 per year on spin class.

If attending classes in person isn’t a priority for you, then purchasing an at-home solution can help you meet both your fitness and financial goals.

Fitness equipment with live classes, like a Peloton bike, are often viewed as fancy and expensive but when you break down the costs, they are usually much cheaper. Peloton’s 0% financing options currently allow you to pay $58 per month for their equipment and $39 per month for their membership. That means your all-in cost is about $100 per month — or less than half of what you’d pay at a studio.

3) Blender

That post-workout smoothie from the shop next to your gym might be great for your health but it’s destroying your food budget. Splurge on a fancy blender instead and make your own at home to seriously cut costs.

Even a top of the line blender like a Vitamix (starting at $289.95) will pay for itself in a few months if a smoothie stop is part of your regular routine. As a bonus, owning this new appliance may also inspire you to make your own almond milk or soups and further reduce your food spend in 2019.

4) Cooking Equipment and Meal Kits

Millennials are known for our love of dining out but while fast casual restaurants and delivery services are extremely convenient, they’re often not great for our health or wallets.

Learning how to cook a few of your favorite dishes well can save you tons of money and calories. Plus it’s a pretty useful life skill to have.

A great way to get started on your cooking journey is to opt into a meal-kit delivery service like Sunbasket or Blue Apron, both of which are currently offering $60 off. Their easy-to-follow recipes and home delivery make cooking a breeze for even the most novice of chefs. And if you need basic cooking equipment to get started, there are countless Black Friday deals you can take advantage of.

5) Wardrobe Staples

The avalanche of promotional Black Friday emails from retailers have already started. Most people open those emails, spot a few things they like, and make an impulse purchase. When the item arrives, they maybe wear it once or twice and then forget about it because it wasn’t practical or something that they even really wanted.

Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you should buy it. (Repeat that three times.) Instead, take advantage of low prices by buying high quality wardrobe staples that will constantly be in rotation and can handle the wear.

An easy way to determine if an item is worth buying is its cost per use. Divide the cost by the number of times you think you’ll wear the outfit in a year.

6) Coffee or Espresso Machine

If you love your morning Starbucks run, this is not for you. But if you get annoyed every time you see a $5 latte listed on your credit card statement, then investing in a top quality coffee or espresso machine can save you a ton of money.

You can replicate exactly what the barista is doing at your favorite coffee shop, but for a fraction of the cost. And since you control the inputs, you can even get your daily brew to the point where it tastes exactly how you want it to.

7) Sports Equipment

Repeatedly renting sports equipment like a paddleboard or ice skates can get expensive. If there’s a hobby you enjoy that involves equipment rental, tally up how much you’ve spent on your rentals this year. Chances are that if you rent often, it may be cheaper to buy. And owning may incentivize you to indulge in your hobby even more than you already do which should make you happier.

8) Annual Park Passes

Paying an admission fee every time you want to visit one of your favorite places can add up. Getting a discounted annual pass to your local national park or theme park means you’ll always have a fun place to go and your cost per visit will go down

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Fashion Friday: Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma and other divas are making boyfriend trend their go-to style

We love raiding our boyfriend’s closets and how. Those comfy tee-shirts, baggy denim and cosy sweaters are the one thing girls can spend their lives in. While earlier, wearing boyfriend’s clothes was something only a brave-hearted woman would do, today the trend has caught an eye of Bollywood divas and they are rocking it the way we like. Making comfort the new trend, these A-listers have time and again given some major boyfriend trend goals by their style and panache.

The oversized fashion trend has gained a lot of momentum and not just the Bollywood stars but even the designers on the international ramps are following the style rigorously and we don’t blame them, after all, it has got the best of both worlds- comfort and style.

The trend is vast and covers baggy outfits apart from boyfriend’s jeans, like oversized sweaters, blazers, shirts and a lot more. Stars like Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma are sporting the look like a diva they are and are proudly owning to it. Take a look at the style files of these stars and take some major cues from their look.

Alia’s super comfy tee is a steal, while Deepika Padukone is totally stealing a pair or two from her husband Ranveer Singh’s wardrobe. Priyanka Chopra too decided to step-up her fashion game by opting for a comfortable outfit.

 

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Pre-Black Friday Deals To Help Decorate Your Living Room

Redesign your living room with this season’s hottest home decor selections all for a great price. Between Zara Home’s Mid Season Sale, to West Elm’s price slashing on furniture and Crate and Barrel’s Get Cozy Sale they’ve got everything you need to upgrade your living room this fall and at the right price. From stylish and functional coffee tables to chic accent tables, and comfy poufs and ottomans, you can instantly transform your space with just a few pieces that all happen to be on sale right now. Don’t waste any time and shop these savings today.

Coffee Tables

West Elm

West Elm Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table

This multi-tasking coffee table is perfect for a small space storage solution. To the naked eye this coffee table is just a chic mix of dark wood and marble and is purely decorative, but it can do so much more. The dark stained eucalyptus wood table top pops open to reveal storage space to conceal everything from remotes to magazines. The pop-up also doubles as a table top so your couch can transform into a workstation or counter in seconds. The marble slab on the opposite side is the perfect surface for testing out your coffee table decorating skills, and the open shelf underneath is great for showing off your latest reads.

Shop Now: Originally on sale for $699, now on sale for $559


West Elm

West Elm Drum Storage Coffee Table

For the perfect balance of functional and fabulous look no further than this coffee table. The metal basin’s antique brass and bronze finish instantly create a glamorous centerpiece for your living room. Its contrast with the mango wood top makes it perfect for any design style whether it be formal or casual. The drum’s metallic finish can inform your tabletop decor choices. Brass candle holders and vases will pop on the wood top. Beyond being a visual point in the room, this coffee table is full of storage space. Using the finger cutouts, remove the tabletop to reveal storage for all your throws and pillows.

Shop Now: Originally on sale for $599, now on sale for $479


West Elm

West Elm Box Frame Storage Coffee Table

Keep all of your favorite items on display with this coffee table. Use the glass top as a display case to show off your expert-level coffee table styling skills. You can create a story with different books and trinkets all under the tabletop while keeping the surface free and clear to use. The contrast of the glass top, raw mango wood, and metal frame is a perfect combination for a contemporary living room. This table also allows you to have all the glamour on top, and some functionality at the bottom as the wood base has two drawers for storage.

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