This post is sponsored by Cricket Wireless, but all opinions are mine.

Well, I say that every year, and then what do you know, I never make any of the big sales. We drive by a couple of stores and then decide they are too crowded and we probably won’t find anything all that awesome anyway… and we keep driving. We stop at The Galleria (Houston’s biggest mall, if you’re not familiar) and buy one or two very basic items, and then decide it’s too crowded there also before making a mad dash back to the car.

We drive away, pick up a hot chocolate or something and call it a day.

Waiting overnight or risking the possibility of getting into a fist-fight over a TV or something at a big box store just doesn’t appeal to me. I do love browsing for great deals though.

Those are almost as much fun too. Almost! 🙂

Which reminds me, some thrift stores offer pretty great discounts on Black Friday too. Actually, a lot of them do. I know in Houston, for example, The Salvation Army has offered discounts of up to 50 percent on most of their merchandise. Some segundas open as early as 6 or 7 a.m. to give you plenty of time to shop their best items. Although, in some cases, the sales can end around noon too. It depends on the store. You should also know if you want a better chance at finding something really nice, you should shop early.

Yes, even at thrift stores, the early bird catches the worm.

Black Friday Ready!

If it’s a new prepaid phone you’re in the market for – whether it’s for your child, a parent, or yourself – you should know that Cricket Wireless recently announced a bunch of huge discounts on their latest smartphones too. These deals are good through January 8 and don’t require a contract. Cricket is even offering a $100 credit per line when you switch to one of their plans from your current wireless company. These are some of the phones that are on sale:

  • HTC Desire 510 (LTE) – Free after $75 main-in rebate at Cricket and GameStop stores
  • Motorola Moto G (LTE) – $25 after $75 mail-in rebate at Cricket stores
  • ZTE Sonata 4G (4G) – $40 at Cricket and GameStop stores
  • Motorola Moto E (4G) – $50 at select Walmart stores
  • LG Optimus L70 (4G) – $60 at Cricket stores
  • Samsung Galaxy Express (LTE) – $100 at select Walmart stores
  • ZTE Grand X (4G) – $100 after $50 mail-in rebate at Cricket stores