Here are 9 retailers with Black Friday deals you probably haven’t considered:
Need to stock up on essentials? Chain drugstores have killer sales on Black Friday.
Judging from last year’s ads, you’ll find plenty of buy one, get one (BOGO) offers on everything from candles to vitamins.
2. Wine Stores
Whether or not you’re an oenophile, you’ll probably go through more wine than usual during the holiday season.
If your local store isn’t offering any specials, check online. In past years, the biggest wine websites have offered as much as 20% off your total purchase.
3. Craft Stores
Want be creative while saving money? Try making your holiday decorations or gifts this year.
Grab supplies while the prices are low (sometimes 50-75% off!) — and don’t forget to use coupons, which are almost always available.
Books are the perfect gift for yourself or loved ones. They’re affordable, educational, easy-to-wrap and provide hours of free entertainment.
Please try your local bookseller first. If you don’t have one or it’s not offering discounts, check online. Depending on the title, you might be able to get 20% off the publisher’s price.
5. Discount Stores and Sites
Just because a store is cheap year-round, doesn’t mean it can’t get cheaper on Black Friday. In years past, you could find household supplies and other necessities for just a few bucks.
Online deal sites also offer steep discounts on services and products around the country.
Don’t want to shop on Black Friday? You can still score great deals.
Many museums have discounted admission on Black Friday, an awesome family activity. Some even offer reduced prices on memberships — so you can enjoy the savings all year long.
To see what’s available near you, check the websites of your favorite museums.
7. Subscription Retailers
Want a gift that keeps on giving? Order a subscription to a magazine, newspaper or one of those monthly boxes everyone raves about (at up to 20% off!).
In past years, even the Wall Street Journal and New York Times have gotten in on the Black Friday action.
8. Pet Stores
Don’t forget about your furry family members this holiday season! Pets are expensive, so stock up on supplies while prices are cheap.
Last year, pet stores offered 50% discounts on essentials like treats, kitty litter and beds.
9. Hobby Stores
Have a unique hobby? Whether it’s home brewing or stamp collecting, it’s a good idea to check specialty stores — locally or online.
Last year, model railroad store Walther’s offered 10% off all orders, plus free shipping on purchases over $75.
To find deals, Google your hobby plus “Black Friday.”
Whatever you’re looking for this Black Friday, remember to think outside the big box — we bet you’ll find some exceptional deals!
Your Turn: Which unconventional Black Friday stores did we forget?
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Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.