Black Friday in July Starts Now at Target

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Shop Target’s Bonus Black Friday in July Sale! Only 7/20 & 7/21!

It’s here!  Black Friday in July starts today, July 20th and is running through Saturday, July 21st.

You have the opportunity to grab Black Friday deals at Target way ahead of the usual November Black Friday.

Because these deals are Black Friday good in July, expect great deals to sell out fast, especially online.

Click through the links below to see the great Black Friday deals and to discover even more at Target.

Black Friday in July Sale! Buy 2 Select Burts Bees Items, Get a Free $5 Target Gift Card – Ends 7/21

Black Friday in July Sale! Get a $25 Fandango Gift Card for $20 – Ends 7/21

Black Friday in July Sale! Save 30% on Mens Activewear! Ends 7/21

Save 25% on Dyson DC25 Multi Floor Vacuum for Bonus Black Friday! Ends 7/21!

Black Friday in July Sale! Buy InGenuity Cradle & Sway Swing, Get InGenuity by Bright Starts Automatic Bouncer Free! Ends 7/21

Black Friday in July Sale! Save Up to 40% on Select Jewelry! Ends 7/21

Black Friday in July Sale! Save Up to 40% on Select Patio Collections + Spend $50 Get Free Shipping on Select – Ends 7/21

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Here are a few Savvy Sleuth picks for great deals at Target during the Black Friday Sale.

Prices will be up to 64% Off on the Target site.

LEGO® Star Wars Naboo Starfighter 7877

LEGO® Creator Maersk Train 10219

Barbie Glam Vacation House

Target Home™ Rolston 4-Piece Wicker Patio Conversation Furniture Set

Target Home™ Rolston Wicker Patio Chaise Lounge

Nolan Bonded Leather Club Chair 2 pack

Hello Kitty Sewing Machine – Green 

Kraftware 11-pc. Bar Set

Gardenia Photo Real Comforter Set

Xhilaration® Pixilated Butterfly Bed in a Bag

Black Twin Metal Bunk Bed

Dolce 4-Shelf Folding Bookcase – Dark Walnut

Apple iPod touch 4th Generation 64GB MP3 Player with JBL OnStage Micro II Portable Speaker MC547LL/A

Apex 32″ Class 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV – Black (LD3288T)

Polaroid 32″ Class 720p 60hz LCD HDTV – Black (TLAC-03212)

TomTom XL Portable GPS Navigation System with 4.3″ Touch Screen, Lifetime Traffic & Map Updates 335T

TomTom XXL 550M Portable GPS Navigation System with 5″ Touch Screen

Airblown Inflatable Widescreen Deluxe Outdoor Movie Screen – 12′

War Horse (2 Discs) (DVD/Blu-ray) (Widescreen)

Eddie Bauer Trailmaker Travel System – Sinclair

Graco Alano Travel System – Meadow Menagerie

Graco Newborn Napper Pack ‘n Play Playard – Meadow Menagerie

Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yard – Sinclair

Philips Sonicare HX5751/12 Essence Power Toothbrush – Target Exclusive

Oral-B Professional Care 1000 Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bonus Crest 3D Whitestrips

Philips Norelco Powertouch with Aquatec Rechargeable Cordless Razor Target Exclusive AT920/41

Silk’n SensEpil Home Hair Removal Device

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How To Find the Best Textbook Deal Online

How To Find the Best Textbook Deal Online

It’s time to start getting ready for Fall term at many colleges and universities.  Class schedules are out, and now you’re experiencing the sticker shock of buying textbooks, perhaps for the first time.

Not to worry.  Finding the best deals on new and used textbooks takes a bit of research, but it’s time well spent finding big savings.

How To Find the Best Textbook Deal Online

When beginning your search for discounts on textbooks you’ll want to have your syllabus in hand, or better yet,  access to it online.

Most universities have their student’s syllabus uploaded as early as two months in advance of the start of classes.  This is done in part so you can order your textbooks ahead of your arrival on campus, and also in hopes that you’ll purchase your textbooks from their campus bookstore.

Campus bookstores obviously carry the books you need for classes, but are not always the best place to find a textbook deal.  Online textbook shopping can be a great way to get all your shopping done in a flash, shipped for free to your door and for much less than you imagined.

For example,  Oregon State University’s OSU Beaver Store has a way for you to look up your classes, and find which textbooks are needed for those classes.

OSU Bookstore Online

OSU’s Beaver Store: Textbook Look-Up


They’ve also added a comparison shopper view which theoretically should show you the best comparable prices online, but based upon my informal testing of a few books, may be skewed a tad in OSU’s favor.

OSU price compare

OSU Beaver Store: Pricing Options

If you want to save money shopping for textbooks online, I suggest opening up several windows within your browser to compare prices from several sources.  Two sources the Savvy Sleuth has consistently found great deals on textbooks are Amazon and, both of which also have textbook buy back programs.


Amazon offers an outstanding textbook option for deal shoppers.  With the option to buy or rent e-textbooks for your Kindle at up to 60% Off, and used textbooks at up to 90% Off, Amazon could end up saving you a ton of cash!

Amazon Kindle e-Textbooks – Save Up to 60% Off!

You can also sell back your textbooks, no matter where you purchased them, to Amazon for credit or sell them yourself as a member of the Amazon Marketplace.

Amazon textbooks

Amazon: Find New & Used Textbooks – Save Up to 90%!

Sell or Trade Your Textbooks on Amazon

Get an Amazon VISA which earns points that can be used to purchase textbooks off Amazon.  I have one and use it for everything on and off Amazon, and when points accumulate I can either get a gift card, check or use the points immediately towards an Amazon purchase.  Very handy, with 3 points earned for every dollar on Amazon purchases and 1 point for all other purchases.

Join Amazon Student for Free!

Another cool Amazon perk is Amazon Student, which is FREE to students with valid school (edu) email addresses.  You get FREE Amazon Prime, which means access to free Kindle best sellers, magazines, Amazon Instant Video service and free 2-Day shipping for 6 months!  I’d advise getting in on the Amazon Student deal whether you buy textbooks at Amazon or not, as it’s FREE and the Amazon video streaming to your PC is too once you’re a member.

Textbook Deals at Amazon: Save Up to 90% Off

Definitely worth checking to see if your textbooks are available at Amazon and comparing prices.  If you’re looking at used books, be sure to read Amazon Marketplace seller’s descriptions of the books carefully, and their shipping policy to make sure you get your textbooks in the condition and time frame that works for you. has the most used textbooks in stock and ready to ship. Free shipping over $25.

Another fantastic resource for textbooks is for new and used textbooks, as well as textbook rentals and e-reader options. also has a buy back program and a 30-day hassle free return policy, which works in your favor if for some reason you decide to drop out of a class or the instructor switches things around on you at the last minute and changes textbooks.

You can also download textbooks for your e-reader, which is sometimes a less expensive (depending upon the textbook), more portable option.  Certainly makes your backpack lighter!

eBooks for Instant Download

If you are a returning customer you also get a 10% returning customer bonus, dropping your textbook costs yet again!

Save up to 90% Off at and see price comparisons and conditions of used books for sale from other sites when you look up your books.


Textbooks Algebra pg Textbook Pricing Options



Informal Testing & Recommendations

When I randomly chose three textbooks from the OSU’s syllabus in the class categories of Math, Science and English, and searched for those books at the OSU Beaver Store, Amazon and Textbooks, I found the best pricing for 2 of the 3 used books were at Textbooks.

Amazon came in second for the used textbooks I searched for in print, but first for e-reader textbooks.

When doing your own search for textbook deals online, I recommend opening up your favorite browser and windows from each site you wish to check. Then compare each book directly.  Yes, there are comparison shopper tools that will do this for you, but it’s been my experience that they are not always accurate.

Choose at least 3 books from your syllabus and check the pricing on all of them at each store, noting conditions of books, as they affect the pricing.

You should see a pattern that will make your choice of where to purchase your textbook deals much easier.

Also take into consideration shipping costs.

Some marketplace sellers will charge for shipping, which are additional costs that may negate any savings you received on the book’s price.

Consider the e-reader option or renting your textbooks.  It’s nice to have options and depending upon your budget, renting or e-reader options may be the best textbook deals for you.

Kindle Textbook Rentals – Amazon

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