Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year as millions of dollars are spent on holiday gifts for friends and family.
Did you know that shopping at locally owned stores keeps more of that money in your neighborhood? It’s true! Read up on the many benefits of shopping local at the 3/50 project website. You can learn how to make your dollars go further in Farmington and Farmington Hills by checking out the offers and ideas featured in this week’s Frugal Family:
Deal: You can’t get more local than shopping ACO Hardware. This Farmington Hills-based chain has two stores in our area: 29615 Orchard Lake Road and 31580 Grand River Ave. Visit their 5-hour late night sale and get $10 in Aco Bucks for every $50 you spend. Get a Proctor-Silex programmable coffee maker for $14.99, a Hamilton-Beach 3-qt slow cooker for $4.99 a 19” flat screen TV for only $149.99, plus many more deals. Aco even sells toys!
When: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Deal: Use this printable coupon for 20 percent off of one item (some exclusions apply). Dunham’s is a Michigan-based chain, headquartered in Waterford.
When: Coupon good through Dec. 10, 2011
Deal: Shop this Pontiac based company for all your home appliance and electronics needs! Check out the Sony Blu-ray player for$79.99 with two months of Hulu Plus!
When: Through Nov. 25
Hallmark Cards and Gifts
Deal: Wrap up your day of shopping with a visit to your independently owned Hallmark store! Get wrapping paper, buy one, get one for 99 cents and Hallmark tape for 99 cents with any gift wrap purchase. Visit Bonnie’s Hallmark at 22072 Farmington Road or Jeanne’s Hallmark at 33310 W. 12 Mile Road.
When: Through Dec. 24
Bonus shop local ideas
- Looking for a gift for the coffee lover in your life? Consider a gift from Biggby Coffee, this Michigan chain has dozens of locations in the Detroit area – including one in Farmington Hills on Northwestern Hwy.
- Shopping for a gift basket? Look no further than Farmington Hills own Nibbles and Nuts. They offer a wide variety of delicious options for all prices, and they ship nationwide.
- For the bookworms on your list, Off the Beaten Path Books & Cafe on Orchard Lake Rd. plans its own Black Friday sale, with tables of hardcovers, new marked down to $10 and used to $5. Buy two new paperbacks, get a third free. And from noon to 2 p.m., all used paperbacks are just $1. Store hours on Friday are 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
- Through December, Merle Norman in downtown Farmington is collecting new or gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves, and will reward you with a $3 coupon for store merchandise.