Happy holiday season! This year, my Black Friday shopping has begun a bit earlier since so many stores are offering their sales a bit earlier. It’s very easy to want to buy everything in sight, but in my opinion, it is best to be mindful of what you’re adding to cart and if you’re not using cash back sites for the bulk of your purchases while you’re at it, you’re truly, truly missing out.
**BEFORE YOU SHOP**
***Please read here: Before we dive into some Black Friday sales that should be on your radar, do yourself a favor and sign up for Rakuten if you don’t already have an account. I’ve been a member of Rakuten (formerly Ebates) a couple of years now, and it’s thanks to my cash back from my purchases this year, that I’m able to buy the things I want during this holiday season. I have Rakuten linked to my Paypal account and just let the cash back pile up!
You can use my referral link if you want to sign up, and you’ll get $40 once you make your first online purchase at a participating retailer. (be sure to add the Rakuten plugin to your desktop and click the plugin to activate your cash back BEFORE checking out, or shop your favorite retailers directly from the Rakuten mobile app.)
Now let’s get into these sales and deals:
+ Neiman Marcus Use code: THANKFUL to receive a discount off your purchase. For me, personally, this is a good time to get those designer perfumes and investment gifts that have been on my wishlist! Treated myself to this Creed Perfume that I have been wanting after smelling it on a woman at the mall a few months ago.
Cash back: Up to 15% cash back when you link Rakuten to your purchase
***Update: Black Friday sale is over but the Gift Card event is now happening for Cyber Monday. See details here
+ AdornMonde If you’re into dainty jewelry pieces like myself, don’t miss out on this sale. This brand doesn’t ever go on sale throughout the year but when they have a Black Friday sale, it’s really good. I found myself falling down a rabbit hole spoiled for choice but I ended up sticking with something I needed to add to my jewelry collection that I felt that was also giving me bang for my buck. I bought this set of Aspen huggie earrings in gold.
Cash back: 5% cash back when you link Rakuten to your purchase
+ Korres I owe you guys a fragrance review. Last month I teased on my stories a perfume that I was trying out and if you’re reading this, you heard it here first: I bought Black Sugar by Korres as a blind buy in October and have been wearing it non-stop. It’s a good day time perfume that can be layered. I feel it is ideal for the girl that appreciates sweet scents but it also has an admirable fresh powdery vibe. What’s more: For an eau de toilette, I am pretty shocked by the staying power! The brand is offering 40% off sitewide. I took advantage of this sale and stocked up on some new perfumes and their Pure Greek Olive Oil that I have been dying to try.
Cash back: 10% cash back when you link Rakuten to your purchase
+ H&M Black Friday early access is open now for members. This means, if you are a signed up for their loyalty program you can enjoy 30% off. Now I’m putting my two cents in here: This sale can be very dangerous so stick to what you NEED. Don’t forget to peruse their home section as this is a great time to get seasonal or even timeless and affordable goodies for your home.
Cash back: 3% cash back when you link Rakuten to your purchase
**Update: H&M 30% off is through Cyber Monday!
+ Vanity Planet I have been meaning to buy a steamer from Vanity Planet for a while now. I took advantage of their Black Friday sale and bought this Aira Facial Steamer which helped me cross off one Christmas item for family off my list.
Cash back: 10% cash back when you link Rakuten to your purchase (I forgot to link my Rakuten on this purchase and beating myself up about it so don’t end up like me) 😉
**Update: Sale is still currently on
+ Amazon There are tons of early Black Friday + Cyber Monday deals available on Amazon right now.
Cash back: Amazon purchases are not eligible for cashback via Rakuten
+ Nemat Perfumes If you follow me on IG, you already know that Amber by Nemat is my jam. The brand is offering a sitewide 25% off sale and you can use my code: ALYSSA5 for an additional discount off your purchase.
Cash back: Nemat purchases are not eligible for cashback via Rakuten
**Update: Sale has ended but you can still use my code ALYSSA5 at checkout!
+ Shopbop 15 – 30% off sitewide with code: HOLIDAY through November 28th. So many goodies here. I would advise really making a list (if you don’t already have this) of things you absolutely need. Think: Quality denim, a good coat, a good pair of quality boots etc.
Cash back: 2% cash back when you link Rakuten to your purchase
As I come across more deals that I am enjoying, I will refresh this page!
Until then, happy shopping and don’t forget to link your Rakuten where applicable.