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Survivor Philippines (Season 25) : The Winner Is…

Obviously, you’re here because you want to know who won in Survivor Philippines, season 25 of my favorite reality show. I was rooting for Lisa Whelchecl all the way, but as it turns out, Denise Stapley is the winner of Survivor Philippines.

Survivor Philippines Season 25

Boohoo! I never liked Denise, though I admire her agility in the challenges. She’s a bad ass!! However, I believe that strategy-wise, Lisa deserved to win. But, it’s another season where you have bitter jury members.

Denise Stapley - winner of Survivor Philippines

I’ve been a big fan of Survivor since its first season, and I’ve waited for too long for them to finally pick my home country, the Philippines, as their location. After 25 seasons, finally, it happened! And I was so amused by how Jeff Probst says “Matsing” (Tagalog/Filipino for monkey), “Tandang” (rooster) and “Kalabaw” (carabao). πŸ˜€

Survivor Philippines castaways
I think the show has gained many new fans this season because there were a lot of Filipinos who were too excited to see our country featured in such a big show such as Survivor. πŸ™‚

Michael Skupin of Survivor Philippines
Anyway, going back to the series, there are many other reasons why I love Survivor Philippines. Though I’m not a fan of bringing back old castaways, I was glad to see Michael Skupin and Jonathan Penner back. I love them both in their seasons, especially Skupin. However, this season, he diminished into a clumsy, old castaway. I’m surprised he got into the final 3. Well, thanks to Lisa.

I wished Penner went a li’l further, but he really missed an opportunity when he didn’t align with Lisa. I think he could’ve gone to the final 3 actually β€˜cause Lisa knows she can win against him and Skupin. πŸ˜€

Jonathan Penner in Survivor Philippines

Lisa Whelchecl of Survivor PhilippinesFor me, the most strategic player in the game was Lisa. She played us all along – yes US, the viewers. If you noticed how Lisa talks to the viewers during her confessions, telling us how we should look at her ‘character’ in the show, you’ll realize that she’s trying to make us continue to like her even after all the mischievous things she’s doing. Well played, Lisa. πŸ™‚

I wanted Lisa to win because I believe she’s the only one who actually had a strategy from the very beginning. She might not have realized that ’til the later part of the series when there were only a few of them left, but she played the game real well.

Denise and Malcolm really just used their strength and the immunity idol in their hands to stay in the game. Lisa, without any of that, still made it to the final 3 and was in the running for the million dollars, and no one seemed to have thought of getting rid of her ’cause she’s just too nice. There’s one flaw in her strategy though – she’s inconsistent and came to a point when she was too upfront than I would’ve wanted.

Malcolm Freberg of Survivor Philippines

Another character I loved in Survivor Season 25 is Abi Maria Gomes. Okay, most of us hate her, but she seriously amused me with how she handled her last few days, pretending to have gotten a clue to the hidden immunity idol and then making everyone believe, with some doubt, that she already found it. And remember how she found the HII that she was supposed to share with RC Saint-Amor in the very beginning? πŸ˜€ Oh, I’m glad RC got voted out. I was rooting for her and Skupin at first, but after watching Ponderosa on YouTube, she started to irritate me quite quickly. Imagine being around her and Abi – I’ve yet to watch the Ponderosa videos of them together. LOL

Abi Maria Gomes of Survivor Philippines

Anyway, Denise is the Survivor Philippines winner, and there’s nothing else I can do. I would’ve loved Malcolm Freberg to win ’cause next to Lisa, he had the better strategy. But, he’s too much of a threat and I knew he won’t make it past final 4. Another Survivor season where I didn’t like the outcome – that the better player didn’t win. *sigh* Can’t wait for the next season!!

Target Black Friday 2012 Ad, Doorbuster Deals and Store Hours

Target’s Black Friday 2012 ad has finally been revealed! It’s 33 pages full of Doorbuster deals, huge discounts on Apple products, gadgets, toys and more!

Target Black Friday 2012 ad revealed!

Target Store Hours on Black Friday 2012

Target stores will be opening for their 2012 Black Friday shopping deals starting at 9pm on Thanksgiving day, November 22, 2012.

Target’s Black Friday sale will end on Saturday, November 24th. Take note that quantities are limited.

Target 2012 Doorbuster Deals

Here are some of Target Doorbuster Deals for 2012. Watch out for their surprise doorbuster promos too!

  • Westinghouse 50″ 1080p LCD HDTV – $349
  • Beats Solo HD Headphones – $179.99
  • Playstation 3 250GB Game System – $199.99

Target Black Friday 2012 ad - Doorbuster and gadget deals

  • $4 DVDs and Blu-rays
  • $7 classic board games
  • $49.99 Disney Princess Ultimate Fairytale Kitchen (save $50!)

Target Black Friday 2012 ad - Doorbuster deal on Disney Princess Ultimate Fairytale Kitchen

  • $39.99 Farberware 18-pc Nonstick Cookset
  • $19 kitchen appliances – Mr. Coffee 12-cup coffeemaker, Crock-Pot 6-qt slow cooker, etc

Best Target Black Friday 2012 Deals

Below are just some of the best deals Target is offering this year. Make sure you check online too to see if these are offered when you buy online.

  • Free $40 Target gift card with a purchase of Apple 16GB iPod Touch

Target Black Friday 2012 ad - Apple product deals

  • Canon T3 DSLR bundle – $499.99
  • Nook Simple Touch – $49.00
  • 4GB XBox 360 Kinect Bundle – $199.99 (save $100!)
  • Polaroid 19″ LED/DVD TV – $109.99
  • Nikon L310 digital camera – $99.99 (save $100!)
  • Sodastream Genesis Soda maker with Free $20 Target giftcard – $99.99

Target Black Friday 2012 deals on kitchen appliances

PLUS, if you spend $50 or more in apparel, accessories and home sections at Target, you get a FREE $10 giftcard! This is offered only on Black Friday, 4am to 12 noon.

Target Black Friday 2012 deal - FREE giftcard on minimum purchase
Enjoy shopping!! πŸ™‚

See the full Target Black Friday ad here.

Walmart Black Friday 2012 Ad, Deals and Store Hours

Finally, the Walmart Black Friday 2012 Ad has been released and its 45 pages are full of deals and big discounts spread out to 3 sections for each shopping event starting on Thanksgiving night. Let me share with you some of the best Walmart Black Friday deals I’ve found:

Walmart Black Friday 2012 Ad and Deals
The front page of the Walmart Black Friday Ad pictured above features the top shopping deals they’re offering this year. Exciting news for gadget shoppers, eh?

Walmart Shopping Events

Walmart’s Black Friday 2012 shopping bonanza is divided into 3 events, with the first one starting on Thanksgiving day. This may give you a chance to catch the deals you’ve been awaiting, plus, I think this will lessen the stress and commotion come Black Friday.

Event 1 : Family Deals

  • 8pm on November 22, 2012, Thanksgiving
  • Discounts and specials on toys, bikes, DVDs, etc.

Walmart Black Friday 2012 29th page ad
Event 2 : Gadget Deals

  • 10pm on November 22, 2012, Thanksgiving – right after Event 1
  • One-hour in-stock guarantee for these very popular items:
    • Apple iPad 2 for with Wi-Fi plus a $75 Walmart gift card for $399
    • Emerson 32-inch LCD TV for $148
    • LG Blu-ray player for $38

Event 3 : Black Friday deals on electronics, clothes, jewelry, etc)

  • 5am on November 23, 2012, Black Friday

They also released their Walmart Toyland Wish Book 2012 with big discounts on toys and gaming systems too, including Barbie, LEGO, Play-Doh, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii and board games.

Most of the Walmart Black Friday 2012 deals this year are offered online, so you might want to check at their online store first before heading out to save you the hassle.

Walmart 2012 Black Friday Best Deals

I’ve scoured their Black Friday 2012 ad and here are some of the best Walmart Black Friday 2012 deals I’ve found:

  • Gadgets / Electronics:
    • Vizio 60” LED Smart TV with WiFi – $688 (savings of $310!)
    • Nintendo DSi XL Console – $99.96
    • Nintendo Wii Console – $89 (special buy)
    • XBOX 360 games – from $10 to $25
    • Mobile and smartphones – from $39 to $129 (Apple, Samsung, etc)
    • Samsung 50” 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV – $698 (save $300!)
    • HP 15.6” Laptop with 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive – $279
    • Compaq 15.6” Presario Laptop with AMD C-80 processor, 2GB RAM, 320gb – $179

Walmart Black Friday 2012 20th page ad

  • Home and Living:
    • Paula Deen 23-piece Non-stick Cookware Set – $99
  • Toys / Entertainment:
    • Bikes – from $25 to $69
    • Blu-ray DVDs – from $1.96 to $9.96

View the full Walmart 2012 Black Friday ad.

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10 Black Friday Shopping Tips : How to Get the Best Deals!

Black Friday Shopping
November 23, 2012 is Black Friday – the much-awaited and the busiest shopping day of the year is coming up in a few days. It’s the day after Thanksgiving in the US and this is when thousands of retail stores open early and later to welcome the many shoppers ready to spend for the upcoming holidays.

Because of the high demand from shoppers on Black Friday, you can only expect the stores will be offering eye-popping discounts for various products ranging from gadgets like laptops, smartphones and tablets, fashion for men and women, to toys for kids.

Black Friday Shopping Tips

With the overwhelming number of choices, how can you be sure that you’re getting the best deal for your money? How can you avoid those shopping woes during and after? Here are a few Black Friday shopping tips that should help:

1. Do your research on the best deals online. Do it early.

Oh the wonders of the internet. You can find all the information you need to know online, but what I would recommend are the following:

  • Subscribe to the store’s newsletters.

    This is the best way to get the newest deals they have to offer. And I know for a fact that there are retail stores who send exclusive Black Friday deals to their newsletter subscribers, so make sure you’re receiving those deal announcements through email!

  • Follow the stores on Facebook and/or Twitter.

    Retail stores will surely make announcements on their Facebook pages or Twitter accounts, so make sure you’re following them in all their social media channels, including YouTube.

    These stores also entice customers to follow them in social media by offering to reveal their Black Friday deals. Just like Target – they have a game app where those playing can earn points which will enable them to reveal Target Black Friday deals. Cool, huh?

  • Bookmark and/or subscribe to blogs and websites that offer Black Friday deal updates.

    There are thousands of websites and blogs out there that focus on providing the latest and the best Black Friday deals you can find, so make sure you’ve got them bookmarked. If they have an email newsletter, subscribe!

  • Is it worth the trip?

    After you’ve scoured for the lowest prices you can find, think if it’s worth all the hassle. If staying up late or waking up early and going out on Black Friday, lining up behind hundreds of people are nothing compared to the huge discount you’d get off the product you want, then go ahead.

2. Compare prices!

It’s crucial to know which store is offering the best or the lowest price for the items you’re planning to buy. This doesn’t only save you money, but it can also help you determine if it’s even worth the hassle of going out on the busiest shopping day of the year. Why? Because some items might actually be offered at one store at the same Black Friday price as another store is offering. It happens, trust me.

IMPORTANT TIP: I’ve read from other shoppers complaining about stores not offering the prices they advertised online. What you can do is print out the ad you saw and present it to give you, somehow, that much-needed bargaining power. πŸ™‚

3. Make sure you know the Black Friday store hours.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, there are many stores that open as early as 12 midnight. BUT, you have to expect hundreds of people lined up already by that time, so it pays to be there as early as you can. Also, I know stores like Target give out tickets to the shoppers a couple of hours earlier than their actual store opening for Black Friday, so make sure you know all this before heading out. You might be disappointed to learn that you’d have to wait more than 2 hours just to get in – worse, the item you’re aiming to buy might be out of stock by the time you get in. Boohoo. πŸ™

With that said, however, note that some stores really stock up on highly in demand items, so even when you’re not there by their opening hours, you can still get pretty awesome discounts hours after. See the complete list of Black Friday 2012 store hours on my other post.

4. Scope or walk-through the store and plan your shopping.

I know, this might sound funny, but I’ve heard and read about people actually doing this before Black Friday. It’s a very good tip because some stores, especially when it’s less than a month before Black Friday, they are already busy preparing and you can already see where the sections are for the products that will be on sale for Black Friday. This is where most shoppers will be heading, so browse the shelves or the whole store to give you an idea where the items you like are located on a regular day. That way, you can go straight to that section instead of racing against those mad dashers on the actual day. πŸ˜‰

5. Know the store policies ahead of time!

It’s just as important to know the store policies for Black Friday shopping to avoid getting frustrated once you’re on the checkout counter or when you’re dealing with after-sales customer service.

If you have discount gift cards or planning on buying and using them, find out if you can use them on items that are already on sale. Most stores might not allow you to use certain discount coupons if the item’s price has already marked down significantly.

Know the store’s return policies. Some offer shorter return deadlines and others are charging restocking fees. Keep that in mind, and this might also help you choose where the best store to go to first. πŸ™‚

6. Shop online!

For me, this is the best thing to do because you get to save on gas and the frustrations of bracing the crowd of Black Friday shoppers. You can sit back, find the best deals online and buy the items you like and have them shipped to you. It might be a little more costly, but considering the hassle you won’t be going through, for me, it’s all worth it.

Also, take note that there are stores who offer internet shoppers with Night Owl discounts as early as the eve of Thanksgiving (November 21, 2012 this year). Stores do this early bird promotions to beat the competitors. Keep your eye out for them. πŸ™‚

7. Bring friends and comfort with you.

If you’re going to wait at the store for hours, it is best to team up with friends who are also up for some Black Friday shopping. This way, you can take breaks, or one of you can line up at the checkout counter early while the rest of you are shopping.

Be ready with water or coffee, energy bars or snacks to keep you pumped up before the store officially opens.

For comfort, bring sleeping bags or blankets, or even a pull-up chair. Just make sure you know where to stash them right before the store opens. Again, another reason why it’s best to have someone else with you there. πŸ™‚

8. Avoid financial woes after Black Friday.

When shopping at sale events like this, I’ve observed and studies have shown that people’s tendencies to buy unnecessary items also increases. That’s why you have to make sure you stick with your game plan or your shopping list.

Some credit card companies offer perks during this shopping day, so be careful. Don’t overspend and only spend money or go on credits that you can confidently pay off afterwards.

Make sure that you’re only buying items that are on sale. There are some people who don’t verify this or even look before buying something at the store. Not all items are on sale, so keep that in mind and be sure to take a quick look at the price tags.

It’s important to have a set budget beforehand and keep in mind while you’re shopping. Read my article on my finance blog for more money-saving tips for Black Friday.

9. Avoid long lines by doing a research on what other stores offer the same product.

Most people will go to popular stores like Target, Walmart, Best Buy, etc., with that thinking that they’re the only ones with the best deals out there. That’s why you need to do your research. Avoid the long lines by going to other stores who, most probably, are offering the same products at the same discounted prices.

Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday – don’t forget this shopping day too! In the past, retail stores have been known to still offer the same deals or even better online. Waiting might just pay off. πŸ™‚

10. Have fun shopping!

Relax and just have fun shopping. I know it can really get frustrating, especially when you know there are many people who are eyeing for the same product you’ve been dying to purchase. Just stay calm ’cause most probably, there’s enough stock for all of you. πŸ™‚

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I hope these shopping tips help you spend your money wisely and avoid the stress of holiday shopping this year. Tell me, what are you planning to buy this Black Friday 2012?

Complete Black Friday 2012 Store Hours + Early Bird Discounts

Black Friday Store Opening HoursAs I’ve mentioned in my 10 Black Friday Shopping tips post, it is important to know the Black Friday store hours so you can be there early and avail of the retail stores exclusive early bird offers. Below is the complete list of Black Friday 2012 store hours for your reference:

(This post will be updated as I find out about more store opening hours in the next coming days. Keep posted!)

Black Friday 2012 Store Hours

(Stores are arranged alphabetically)

  • AJ Wright – 6 am
  • American Eagle – 4 am
  • Apple – 8 am
  • Babies ‘R Us – 5 am
  • Best Buy – 12 midnight 
  • Cabela’s – 5 am
  • Childrens Place – 4 am
  • CompUSA – 5 am 
  • Cost Plus World Market – 7 am
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – 5 am
  • Disney Stores – 12:01 am
  • Eddie Bauer – 7 am
  • Fry’s Electronics – 12 midnight
  • GameStop – 12:01 am
  • Gap – 7 am
  • Gap Kids – 7 am
  • Gymboree – 6 am
  • Home Depot – 6 am
  • JC Penney – 4 am
  • Jos. A. Bank – 6 am

  • Justice – 6 am
  • Kmart – 6am to 4pm for Thanksgiving, 5 am on Black Friday
  • Kohl’s – 12 midnight
  • LL Bean – 6 am
  • Lowe’s – 6 am
  • Macy’s – 12 midnight
  • Meijer – 4 am
  • Michaels – 5 am
  • Office Depot – 6 am
  • Office Max – 6 am
  • Old Navy – 12:01 am
  • Old Time World Pottery – 7 am
  • Radio Shack – 5:30 am
  • Sears – 4 am
  • Sports Authority – 5 am
  • Staples – 6 am
  • Target – 12 midnight
  • Toys R Us – 8 pm on Thanksgiving for those doorbusters!
  • Walgreens – 7 am
  • Walmart – 5 am (Black Friday discounts begin at 8pm on Thanksgiving, then 10pm same day. They open at 5am on Black Friday)

Black Friday Early Bird Discounts

There are many retail stores that are offering big early bird discounts. Here are just some of them:

Walmart starts their first Black Friday Sale at 8pm on Thanksgiving, 2 hours earlier than last year. They also announced a 10pm sale on electronics and another sale by 5am by Friday.

Walmart also announced that those who are in line by 10pm and 11pm on Thanksgiving Day will get their most popular items:

  • Apple iPad 2 for with Wi-Fi plus a $75 Walmart gift card for $399
  • Emerson 32-inch LCD TV for $148
  • LG Blu-ray player for $38

Sears stores will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving and will stay open until 10pm on Black Friday. Additionally, those who are members of Sears loyalty club Shop Your Way can avail of the early bird specials online as early as November 18, 2012!

Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Best Buy will open at 12 midnight after Thanksgiving – technically, midnight of Black Friday.

Lord & Taylor will be opening at 10am on Thanksgiving.

Kohl’s announced that online shoppers will be able to buy all early morning specials on November 21, 2012 and all day on Thanksgiving.

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I hope you enjoy shopping! And make sure you read my tips on Black Friday shopping. πŸ™‚