Black Friday Deals 2011

November 23, 2011 by  
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Black Friday 2011 is right around the corner. Or as I’m starting to call it: The Day of the Dread. I find Black Friday rather overwhelming but HEY! It’s a great day to save money!

Black Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, when many people start their Christmas shopping.  Others (not naming any names) start their Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. But it’s smart to shop early, as on Black Friday ( November 25, 2011 ) you can expect deals you won’t find any other time of the year. A little work may however be required, especially as some of the stores open at ridiculous times and you might need to camp out to save dollars 😉  And some stores aren’t even waiting till Friday, they’re starting on Thanksgiving Day or even today.

Many official Black Friday ads have been released in advance, so we don’t have to wait till Thanksgiving morning to find the Doorbuster deals for electronics and computers, apparel, appliances and household goods, and a whole lot more:

Some of these Black Friday ads are via the site which is a great resource on all shopping deals on Black Friday, to find the ads for your fave store and deal listings in exhaustive detail.

Also don’t forget about Small Business Saturday on November 26, and the deal for American Express card holders to get a free $25 Amex credit on their statement when shopping at small businesses on Saturday. You need to register your card in advance, deets at the link.

Among smaller businesses, Albuquerque Black Friday or Small Business Saturday deals include:

Alamosa Books is offering 25% off “almost everything” – most books, toys and stationery – from November 25 – 27 at 8810 Holly Avenue NE.

The first 300 customers at Thrift Town on November 25 receive a $5 off $15 coupon, according to an email received from Thrift Town. They open at 8 am on Friday.

Routes Rentals & Tours deals on November 25 and 26 include 50% off boutique gifts and stocking stuffers, 15% off certificates for bicycle or snowshoes rentals, 20% off bike and snow tour certificates, plus discounts on bike and bike accessories.

Black Friday Albuquerque Botox and Juvederm deals at the ABQ Health Partners Plastic Surgery Center

If you know of an Albuquerque Black Friday deal with a local retailer, please let us know in the comment box below!

–Tania FYI – I’ve given my Amazon, Sears, and Sam’s Club affiliate links on those specific deals. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!


Best Buy Free Buy Back Deal on Phones & Tablets

February 19, 2011 by  
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Save $69.99 on Best Buy’s Buy Back program for smart phones and tablets – it’s free through February 26, 2011, says our student writer Joshua…

While I’m not slaving away in a classroom, I spend most of my time working at Best Buy where I happened to stumble upon an impressive deal. Best Buy is offering their Buy Back program free to customers who purchase a smart phone or tablet , including the Apple iPad, until February 26.

Who hasn’t purchased a technological device, only to find that you’re tired of it after 6 months? Or discovered that you want to trade it up for the latest new gadget instead ?  The Buy Back program allows you to sell your technology back to Best Buy for up to 24 months. The plan normally costs $69.99, so if you’re shopping now for a new phone or a tablet, it’s worth checking out the freebie, available till February 26.

Best Buy offers a depreciated value for your technology. They will give you up to:

  • 50% of the purchase price if you sell it back in the first 6 months
  • 40% in the first year
  • 30% up to 18 months
  • 20% for up to two years.

For example, if you purchase an iPhone for $200, and decide within six months that you no longer want it, Best Buy will buy it back for $100.  The payment is in the form of a Best Buy gift card, and the device has to include all original parts, and be in good working order.

The Best Buy Buy Back free offer on phones is at all Best Buy stores, and although the deal details say the offer on tablets is only at Best Buy Mobile standalone stores (and there are no stand-alone stores in New Mexico), the Albuquerque Best Buy store at 55 Hotel Circle NE is definitely running the tablet offer too.



Black Friday Deals

November 24, 2010 by  
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Sears Black FridayBlack Friday 2010 is right around the corner. Our resident Black Friday expert Joshua shares the word on the street from the big box stores.

For years Black Friday has been the largest shopping day of the year, when many people start their Christmas shopping. On Black Friday ( November 26, 2010 ) you can expect deals you won’t find any other time of the year, but a little work is required. Grab your boots, mittens, and stocking caps, because for many of these deals you might need to camp out in the freezing cold, but it’s worth it to save hundreds of dollars.

The official Black Friday ads are not released until Thanksgiving morning, but ads are often leaked in advance at sites including Here are some of the biggest deals we’ve spotted.

Best Buy

Best buy has a strong ad this year, with plenty of door buster items. If you’re shopping for a Wii video game console, Best Buy’s price is $169.99 – a $40 dollar savings. Video game consoles normally do not go on sale for Black Friday, so this is a don’t-miss-it deal. There will be a minimum of 15 per store. Readers can pick up a Barnes and Noble Nook for only $99.99, a $50 dollar savings. Save $300 on a 50” Panasonic iVera, 1080p television. The best savings at Best Buy this year is the LG washer and dryer combo for only $999.98 (regular price $1,999.98). Show up early because they will likely be sold fast. Some families begin camping out every year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving…


Walmart is quickly becoming one of the strongest competitors in the Black Friday deal competition. Pick up a Magnavox Blu-Ray disc player with Wi-Fi for only $69. If you’re looking for a laptop, Walmart offers an Emachines laptop computer for $198. Those in the market for a new flat screen TV should hit Walmart bright and early to grap a 42” 1080p LCD television for $398. They also have a 32” 720p TV for $198. If you plan on purchasing an iPod Touch this holiday season, check out Walmart, because you ‘ll also receive a $50 Walmart gift card. The 8gb iPod Touch is $225.


Target stores around the country are competing very strongly this year. Target is offering the cheapest television of anyone we’ve seen so far. A 40” 1080p Westinghouse is only $298, an amazingly low price for a television this size. Wii owners can also pick up the Wii Fit Plus Bundle for only $67, over $30 dollars in savings. Grown Ups and Toy Story 3 are both available on DVD for $13, over 30% in savings. Target is also offering a $79 GPS, an amazing deal considering this is over $110 in savings. If your New Year’s resolution is to take more pictures, than be sure to pick up a Nikon S205 Coolpix digital camera for only $79, $60 less than the normal price. Target opens at 4 am.


Sears is offering a Kenmore washer and dryer for $599.98, that a 57% saving, and another for $199.99, a 54% savings. Clothes, tools, and electronics are highly discounted, and Sears online offers some exclusive web deals for people who don’t want to line up at the stores for bargains:

JC Penney

Look for a variety of kitchen electronics priced at $9.88, including a waffle maker, coffeemaker, slow cooker, griddle, or toaster.  JC Penney has many great deals on fine jewelry, sometimes up to 85% off. So husbands looking to get out of the dog house or just searching for a gift for that special someone, head over to JC Penney at 4 am. (We mean for the jewelry, not the kitchen equipment!)


Gamestop has many offers on video game consoles and video games. Purchase an Xbox 360 for $199.99 and receive a free copy of Madden 11 or Medal of Honor, a $60 value absolutely free. Purchase a Wii console for $199.99 and get three free games including Just Dance, Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, a $90 value. Purchase a PS3 video game system for $299.99 and get God of War collection and God of War III for free, an $80 value. Many games at Gamestop are discounted 50% or more, so be sure to see the ad for more details.

For more information go to or look at the official advertisements Thanksgiving morning.  So grab your winter coats, finish your Thanksgiving dinner early and head over to your store of choice to take advantage of the spectacular savings. As mentioned before, these deals are still rumors based on leaked ads, so double check before heading out.


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