It’s that time of year again- the sweet whisper of a sale is in your ear and you can hardly control the urge to spend, spend, spend! While it can be hard to ignore, it’s important to go into Holiday sale season with a bit of ammo to avoid blowing all your savings on things you (or your loved ones) don’t need. Here are my tips for shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday like a pro, as well as a list of sales happening at some of my fave stores.

Plan Ahead | Whenever I shop, it’s rarely an impulse buy.  I always keep a list of things I need and things I want, so when sales roll around, I do my best to take advantage of lower prices on the wants, since those are more often the higher ticket items I don’t necessarily need, so why pay full price?! Bottom line: if you go into sale season with a solid plan of action to buy the things you need or want, you’re less likely to overspend or deal with returns.

Purchase Quality | Taking advantage of deep discounts is the smartest way to shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, especially electronics and designer goods! Sure, you can pay full price for that Kate Spade bag you’ve been eyeing, but it might be on sale in your second favorite color, and the savings may be worth the sacrifice of not having your first choice color. Take advantage of crossing luxury goods and high priced electronics off your shopping list during the sales- your wallet will thank you.

Brush up on Return Policies | Electronics and higher priced items often come with a final sale disclaimer, while smaller brands only offer store credit and exchanges, so make sure you’re aware of return/exchange policies before committing to a purchase.


Eloquii | 50% off your entire purchase with code BASH (must haves: stripe midi dress, sequin skirt, lace skirt & peplum sweater)

Old Navy | up to 60% off (must haves: plaid poncho cape, my go to skinny jeans, lace-up flats)

Lane Bryant | 40-50% off sitewide (must haves: fringe heelssequin midi skirttutu skirt)

Hey Gorgeous | 25% off with code GWCHOLIDAY25

Macy’s | Up to 70% off

Talbots | 40% off sitewide (must haves: this skirt & this clutch)

Torrid | 40% off sitewide (must have: floral tulle skirt)

Neiman Marcus | up to 40% off

Nordstrom | up to 60% off

Charlotte Russe | everything less than $20, sitewide


Sam Edelman | 30% off sitewide with code SAMSGIVING (must have: suede pumps)

Nordstrom | up to 40% off (must have: leopard flats, control top leggings)

Nine West | up to 50% off

Eloquii (wide width) – 50% off sitewide with code BASH (must have: lace-up heels)


Net-a-Porter | up to 50% off

Bauble Bar | 30% off with code THX

Kate Spade | up to 75% off (must haves: cedar street crossbody bag, tote bagbow sweater)


Sephora | up to 30% off (must haves: Lash Food, Rosebud Lip Balm)

Sally Beauty | up to 40% off

DermStore | 20% off with code THANKS20


Restoration Hardware | $100 off every $500 spent with code SAVE100

West Elm | up to 25% off

Target | up to 30% off

A few must haves, currently on sale: