Where to start? The discounts and deals being offered this weekend are unprecedented. Remember when there was no such thing as a discount on "department store cosmetics and fragrances"? If there has been any upside to this brutal recession, it has been retail's special offers.
If you are inclined to spend money on yourself or others this weekend (and beyond in some cases), here are some ways to save money while you spend money.
As I published yesterday, Giorgio Armani Beauty is having a Friends & Family sale from now through November 30. Just enter code FAMILY at checkout for a 20% discount and complimentary standard shipping.
Lancome is also having a Friends & Family sale online. Just enter code HOLIDAYJOY2 at checkout to receive a 20% discount and free shipping through November 30.
Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, Maryland has two beauty offers. Spend $200 or more and get a 10% discount through the weekend. On Friday morning from 8:00 to noon, you can get a $25 gift card if you spend $100. Saks has free shipping online too. Use code HOLIDAY9 at checkout.
Nordstrom promises to roll out some special offers on Black Friday. I'm waiting to find out what they are - it's still hush hush. Update 11/27: Go to this link for a look at the national specials.
Neiman Marcus is offering free shipping online with the code NMNOV.
KORRES is offering 20% off all products with code GIVEKORRES. They also have a gift for you with any purchase over $50. Enter code FREEGIFT at checkout, and you will receive a cherry oil lip gloss trio ($48 value) and free shipping with any purchase over $50.
Perricone MD has extended Friends & Family through November 28. Enter code FRIENDS at checkout.
Sephora has a free Kat Von D tote with any $25 purchase. Enter code TOTE09 at checkout. While supplies last. You may have to register as a Beauty Insider.
WestCoastSkin has announced that there will be a Black Friday sale. Keep checking their site for the announcement.
COVERGIRL is offering a $5 discount and free shipping online through December 5.
Beautyhabit has a nice In Fiore gift with any In Fiore purchase of $85 or more. You will receive a travel-sized jar of Creme de Fleur through December 4, or while supplies last. Use code LUXURYBH.
Urban Decay's Skull Shadow Box is only $19 with code NLDK.
The Body Shop has a BOGO offer on seasonal bath and body products and free shipping over $50.
Darphin is offering a free three-product deluxe sampler and free shipping with code HOLIDAY2.
La Mer is offering a free deluxe sample of Creme de la Mer, two samples of your choice, and complimentary shipping with code LMBEST at checkout through November 29.
LORAC has free shipping and a free three-piece gift with any purchase of $50 or more - while supplies last. There doesn't seem to be a code.
Ramy Beauty has free ground shipping on any order through December 1. They excluded Alaska and Hawaii. Makes me wonder if that has anything to do with Sarah Palin!
Malie Organics has free shipping with any $50 purchase through December 10. While supplies last, you will receive Malie's luxurious mango butter in-shower moisture treatment as a gift with purchase!
My "habit," BeautyTicket, has some great new arrivals. Use code DAILYMAKEOVER for a 15% discount on your total purchase (thanks to fellow bloggers for that offer!).
Ulta has a great offer for Thanksgiving Day only. You can get a free full-sized Cargo Blue-Ray High-Definition Lip Gloss quad with any $25 online purchase. Add it to your bag with this link. Free shipping on orders of $25 or more with code 33069.
Remember to join the sites that have member-only offers. Just click on this link to sign up at The Fairest. They have Juara and butter LONDON at steep discounts right now. To join The Skinny and get in on the current offer for 100% Pure, click here and register.
Arbonne has half-price offers on gift sets from November 23 through December 7. The best way to find out about them is to call Jaime at 301-490-5757 or 301-520-2425. Jaime has gifts for her first three Black Friday purchasers. Additionally, if you spend $125, you get $125 worth of product for free on Friday only. Through December 14, NutriminC RE9 sets are BOGO.
Kate Somerville Friends & Family starts November 27 and runs through November 30th. During this special event, you will save 30% when you shop online at and enter code KATE2009 at checkout.
Upurea has discounts galore in two-hour blocks starting Friday at 4:00 am. Check out this link.
Are you a BareEscentuals fan? This weekend only, enjoy $20 off a future purchase when you spend %50 or more. Use code MERRY at checkout.
From November 27 through December 1, Shu Uemura is offering free shipping and 20% off purchases of $50 or more with code WISH09 at checkout. On Monday, November 30, you can get seven deluxe samples if you spend $125 or more plus the free shipping and 20% discount.
SkinStore is offering 20% off store-wide through Monday - even on brands not normally discounted. Use code HOL20.
Bobbi Brown is having a three-day Friends & Family event with a 20% discount from Monday, November 30 through December 2. You will not need a code; the discount will be applied at checkout. Great deal!
Laura Mercier is offering a free full-sized blush lip glace with any $25 purchase Friday only - no code required. Free shipping with any purchase, and a secret four-hour sale Monday at 10:00 am (when everyone is back at work!).
Philosophy's Black Friday deal is a $24 Coconut Set for $10 while supplies last. Free shipping on all orders through November 29. There are other discounts too.
Jo Malone is offering a nice little fragrance combining collection and standard shipping free with a purchase of $150 or more. Enter code VANILLA09 at checkout through November 29.
Bath & Body Works is offering their $107 VIP Bag for $15 with any $40 purchase. You may have to go into the store because you have to click through the e-mail, and I already ordered. This is the Black Friday special in stores - possibly Saturday too.
Stila is offering free shipping (no minimum purchase) through November 30. Use code THANKS.
Laura Geller has a 20% discount through November 30. Use code TURKEY at checkout.
I'll throw a nice clothing offer in the mix here (of course there are fragrances too). Ralph Lauren is offering a 25% discount and free shipping during the Friends & Family event. Click on the link here to see the ad. This discount is good in Ralph Lauren stores!
That's not all! As more offers roll in, I will continue to add to this list. Make sure to check out your favorite online sites for special offers. They are popping into my inbox every few minutes! I have not included all of them - only the best ones.
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