Those are good investments if you find a great deal and really need the product.
But what about spending your Black Friday money on a skill that’ll help you earn more cash in the future?
Self-Study and Save
Unfortunately, we haven’t found many colleges offering Black Friday tuition waivers.
But the Internet has made education widely available — and much less expensive.
Plus, with digital learning platforms like Udemy and edX, there are no required filler classes or minimum credits. You choose and take only the specific courses you want — ones that will give you the best professional boost.
Better yet: Many of these learning platforms are running sweet deals this Black Friday.
Invest in optimizing your professional development in the new year — or give the gift of learning to a loved one.
You can even use your shiny new laptop!
Great Black Friday Deals
Put on your thinking cap, and check out these awesome opportunities:
One of our favorite online course marketplaces is Udemy, and it’s running a massive sale this Black Friday.
Over 17,000 courses are available at a steep discount — just $11 at the time this article was written!
And with titles like “Become a Web Developer from Scratch” and “How I Wrote a Best Selling Ebook in 72 Hours,” you’re sure to pick up a few lucrative tips.
But hurry — like Cinderella’s carriage, this deal could turn into a pumpkin if you’re late! The prices inflate every two days until midnight on Black Friday, and then return to full price.
Want to start a career in one of the best-paid fields out there?
You’ll save 43% off the original price.
Another great option for aspiring techies, Codeacademy has a powerful free version. And, although it’s not specific to Black Friday, the digital school just dropped their “pro” price to $19.99.
So if you want access to their exclusive pro content, personalized learning plans and real-life projects, you still won’t break the bank.
Want one-on-one mentorship to kickstart your new development career? Check out Thinkful!
Black Friday through Cyber Monday, you’ll get 25% off the first month of any course.
Follow General Assembly’s advice and “gift yourself some me-time” this holiday season.
Depending on your location, you might be able to attend one of their Holiday Bootcamps — some are priced as low as $35.
A leading MOOC source (that’s “massive online open course” — I didn’t know, either!), edX can get you an education from Harvard, MIT or Berkeley… for free.
And not just on Black Friday! Most edX courses are available for free all year — some just require a minimal fee, and others have optional paid credentialing.
Looking to level up your penny-hoarding skills? Check out free courses like Purdue’s Personal Finance Planning or Finance for Everyone from the University of Michigan.
It’s never too early to get a brain boost — or a quick review.
Khan Academy is a nonprofit whose mission is to brings world-class education to the world — cost-free.
It’s a great resource to share with your kids. It includes math tutorials broken down by grade level and test prep for the MCAT, SAT and more.
With higher-level subjects like organic chemistry available, you could even use it to help you through your tough college courses — or just to refresh knowledge that may have faded.
Invest in Your Future
There are lots of opportunities to learn for less this Black Friday — invest in increasing your earning potential in 2016!
Your Turn: Will you snatch up any of these online course deals this Black Friday?
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Jamie Cattanach is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and a native Floridian. She’s passionate about learning, literature, chocolate and finding ways to live the good life as cost-effectively as possible. You can wave hi to @jamiecattanach on Twitter.