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Cornucopia of Shopping Ideas


While some people like the rush of getting a deal on black Friday, I tend to come close to a panic attack if the line at the grocery store is too long.  With that being the case, my wife and I have taken to doing the majority of our shopping online.  Apparently great minds think alike, as many major retailers have taken to creating online-only Black Friday events as well as those on Cyber Monday. These types of deals have been a major lifesaver to me, as it allows me to shop and get great deals, albeit not as good as the in-store deals available at Wal-Mart and BestBuy , without the hassle of dealing with throngs of people all clamoring for this year’s new “hot items.”

I wanted to give you guys and gals a few of my personal favorite shopping sites, both online and brick and mortar stores, that will allow you to get those great presents for everyone in your family, all while staying safely out of the crowds.

I do realize that many of you may still not be comfortable shopping online, but it is a risk that I am willing to take with trusted online entities. This is why I am also listing a few selections of physical stores that may help you save a little cash over the holidays.

As many of you probably already know, I am a huge fan of Amazon.  I bought an Amazon Prime account and use it for everything from jewelry to toilet paper.   Amazon has created a massive marketplace that allows you to have almost anything delivered directly to your doorstep.

Click here to check out their Black Friday deals (Amazon has decided to make an entire week of deals as opposed to just one day).  This link will send you to the main page that also lists their “lightning deals,” which are daily deals that have a limited availability and only stay on the site for a few hours.  If it is anything like last year, the lightning deals this holiday season are going to be insane!

If you’re on the lookout for something that’s perfect for a fellow prepper, or even yourself, be sure to check out the Sports and Outdoors section as well


Another great site that is often overlooked is  I initially dismissed Newegg for Christmas shopping, simply because I thought it was only for computer parts and video games.  While this may be the majority of their inventory they also have a searchable home and outdoors section.  They also have a “shell shocker” section and much like amazon they do a 25 daily deals section.  In honor of the holidays they have actually created a page that allows you to view all of the deals they currently have.

Click here to check out the deals at

The holidays are also a great time for the DIY’er, as many retailers that don’t get much foot traffic will try their best to get in on the shopping craze.

Harbor Freight has a ton of tools and knick knacks on sale this Friday.  Some of these include a 6.5hp gas engine that can be used to create a generator for $99.00 and a solar panel kit that is normally $300.00 for only $179.00.  I know that Harbor Freight changes its ads based on location so be sure to check your mailbox for an insert in the paper, but be sure to check  and see what last minute deals they come up with.

For stocking stuffers, I have found that stores like OfficeMax, Staples and other office supply stores are a treasure trove after black Friday.  Last year alone, I was able to snag five Starbucks gift sets from Office Max.  These gift sets were normally marked at $20.00 a piece but as it was after the rush of Black Friday, I was able to get them at half off and they were buy one get one free.

However you choose to do your holiday shopping, I hope that you get everything you need, but even more, I hope that you get home safely and spend plenty of time with your loved ones.

Do you have any sites or stores that you would like to add to this list? Please feel free to leave a comment to help your fellow survivalists out (myself included).




  • stormydave says:

    My favorate sites are and The hardest thing for me to find are large glass and nonplastic containers. Not so much into holidays. We just buy as needs. We will eat good !! Happy Turkey day. To early for Christmas.

  • David Cook says:

    I am in the market for a good gas mask now that the Palestinians are using and developing serin gas and chemical weapons. Can anyone suggest a good Gas mask and filter that won’t break the bank since I’m on a fixed retirement budget. There are hundreds of them out there and I’ve seen so many that my head is spinning. However, I would feel safer if I had something that will do the job in a variety of biological air born substances.

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