We are in the final quarter of the year 2020!
And dare I say this is the best time of the year!
So many special occasions to celebrate — Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
The arrival of the holiday season means parties, food, and family gatherings.
Not to mention the need for shopping!
Make a wishlist, plan your budget, do your research, and let’s get to saving money even as we spend!
It’s time to be prepared for the craziest weekend of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday!
The Best Black Friday 2019 Amazon Deals For Busy Moms
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For the mom who works from home
A good laptop is important since almost everything is done online these days.
Of course, a high-quality tablet can also get all your tasks done.
At the end of the day, you need to know what your priorities are.
What’s your budget for a laptop?
What kind of work do you do on the laptop? Is it just regular surfing, using Office software, or serious video editing and Photoshop designing work?
Do you need to bring your laptop around? If you do, then you probably need a lightweight laptop for ease of traveling.
I’m not going to say that I am a tech expert. But from a budget-conscious mom who spends hours working on the laptop every day, I do have some relevant advice for you.
For a laptop under $200, the Lenovo 130S is a perfect choice. It comes with Windows 10 and 1-year Office 365. It also has 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC.
To be honest, this is a really basic laptop. But if you are looking for a laptop instead of a tablet with full Windows and Office specifications and is less than $200, then you don’t really have many options.
After all, Lenovo is known for its durability and the Lenovo 130S has many good reviews on Amazon.
It weighs 2.54 lbs. and measures 0.7″ thin which is makes it very portable.
So if you are on a tight budget, and only need a laptop for pretty basic functions with portability, the Lenovo 130S is definitely your best option.
For a $500 budget, I would recommend the Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop.
It boasts an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U processor.
Yes, the lastest laptops would come with the i7 processor which is, of course, faster than the i5 processor.
But unless you stream videos heavily, do some serious video editing and Photoshop designing, the i5 would actually suffice.
After all, the i5-8265U processor is one of the fastest i5 processors that you can get.
The number that comes after”i5″ refers to the generation of the processor.
In other words, the i5-8xxxx would be newer and better than the i5-5xxx processor.
Once you decide that you are looking for a laptop with the i7 processor, then your budget would have to be spend closer to $1000.
This is why I honestly think that the Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop gives you great value for your money.
It also gives you 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage, which is much better than the eMMC storage in the Lenovo 130S. (Ref: Difference between eMMC and SSD storage)
For an $800 budget, you can get the Acer Spin 3 Convertible Laptop. I love how you can flip it over and that it has touch screen functions as a tablet.
It boasts the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U and comes with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage. There is also a rechargeable active stylus to go with it!
To be honest, I am looking for a new laptop myself. My current one has only 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD storage. I have been using Photoshop to design my printables and I find that the laptop is getting slow and sluggish so I really want an upgrade.
I had my eyes on the Microsoft Surface Pro 6. It looks gorgeous, boasts an i7 processor and is only 1.7 pounds.
Of course, if you truly want something light, handy, and fit nicely into your handbag, then having a tablet is the way to go.
But tablets can be very expensive. This is also why if you are looking to buy the latest Apple iPad Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, or the Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet, the best time to shop is during the Black Friday Amazon Sale!
For the mom who loves music
Buying a set of BlueTooth wireless earbuds is one of my best purchases this year.
I love how the earbuds are small enough to be hidden by my hair and that I can just listen to music literally any time and anywhere without my kids realizing!
At times like these, I only use one earbud so that I can still pay attention to my children.
I don’t just listen to music, I also love listening to audiobooks. (Enjoy 30 days of FREE unlimited music streaming here.)
And because I invest quite a lot in blogging courses to help me with my business, having these wireless earbuds are great because I can listen to the online courses anywhere. That really saves me lots of time!
If you like to listen to music while you jog, then the sports earbuds with the hoops to secure them to your ears would be a much better option.
For the mom who cooks
The air fryer was my best kitchen appliance investment this year!
I thought for a long time before buying the air fryer because I already had an oven and I thought the functions were pretty similar.
Then I came across a sale and I got my air fryer for less than $50!
I love using the air fryer to cook steak, garlic bread, sausages, salmon, meatballs, wings, fries and more!
I love how easy to clean the air fryer is and how the whole kitchen doesn’t smell smokey even after cooking a steak!
With the air fryer, I could just set the timer and leave the steak in to cook and continue with other chores without worrying about overdoing my steak.
I also love how fast pre-heating the air fryer is as compared to the oven.
Not to mention how little oil is required even for making the occasional treats like french fries!
It really saves you time in cooking and cleaning with the air fryer.
Both air fryers have a capacity of 5.8 quarts. The GoWise Air Fryer includes 50 recipes while the COSORI includes 100 recipes.
One thing to note is that the COSORI 5.8 Quart Air Fryer comes with a square basket which I do believe can fit more food each round as compared to a round basket.
I love using my air fryer but I also know that it is good for making small meals because of its limited capacity. The square basket would probably be a better option over the round one.
I have been thinking about getting the Instant Pot for some time now.
To be honest, I was inspired after looking at many awesome instant pot recipes. With the instant pot, I could really cut down on the time preparing meals for my entire family, not to mention save money on getting takeouts too.
I am definitely eyeing the Instant Pot DUO60 for this Black Friday Sale!
I love seeing my family enjoy the meals that I have prepared for them. But honestly, I am not a fan of cooking.
So anything that can help me save time, save trouble, and save money is definitely on my to-buy list!
The 6-quart Instant Pot will be able to cook for meals up to 6 pax. So if your family is bigger, then you most certainly need to get one with a bigger capacity.
The last thing you want is getting an Instant Pot only to realize you have to cook two rounds to have sufficient quantity to feed the entire family!
This may sound silly. But one thing I enjoy about watching cooking programs is how beautiful and useful the kitchen appliances and utensils are.
This is also why I am thinking of upgrading my kitchen knife set this holiday season!
After all, a set of high-quality knives does help to make food preparation easier and faster.
Not to forget how a classic set of dinnerware can instantly improve the look of your meal presentation!
If you are hosting parties during the holiday season, now is probably a good time to get a new set of beautiful and practical dinnerware!
For the mom who is health-conscious
After I stopped nursing my third child, my weight came creeping back up.
So I started to take meal replacement shakes and making my own high fiber, low-fat shakes.
Having a high-quality blender is a great way to make these shakes and also delicious juices for kids who aren’t eating enough greens.
If you want a blender that is portable then you should use the Ninja Personal Blender. It comes with 16-ounce cups with spout lids making it quick and easy for you to make your drinks and bring them out.
If you want something with greater capacity to make healthy shakes and juices for your whole family, the Ninja Professional Countertop Blender will be a better option.
Make a wish list for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales
Now that you know what are the best Black Friday 2019 Amazon deals to look out for, it’s time to make a wish list!
Get the most bang out of your buck by checking out a few merchants and planning your budget.
Here’s a FREE printable shopping list to help you!
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