Save BIG this holiday without waiting in line with ShopVT


7 days from now 136 million Americans will be bracing themselves as they head out on the biggest shopping day of the year: Black Friday.

If this is you… keep reading (and hey, even if not, we have some sweet deals still waiting for you through ShopVT).



I have always feared Black Friday. It’s not that I don’t love a good deal, in fact I looooooove a good deal. But the idea of waking up at 4am and standing in lines for hours and then fighting over the last big deal is terrifying. It’s makes my extrovert self turn into the biggest introvert I know.

I always feel a tinge of regret from “missing out” but I also think about my family, most importantly my mom. Growing up in New Jersey my family had a small retail chain called RJ Mars. Over the years I have watched as the stores slowly closed from 4 to now 1 and how difficult it has been to maintain a local business while our economy has grown. Her little store still stands, and Black Friday continues to be both a great day and a stressful day for my mom and many other small business owners in our country. Of course, there is still small business Saturday, but we all need to do more, to support our neighbors. Though shopping local is sometimes way more expensive which makes it harder to afford during the holidays. 

In 2015, $67.6 billion was spent on Black Friday.

Now imagine what the impact would be if we spent even 1% of that on our local businesses. That would be $676 million dollars! That’s why for the fourth year in a row, BurlingtonVT Moms Blog and Try Vermont First have teamed up to bring you ShopVT, a site dedicated to promoting local businesses in Vermont. Our goal is not to just generate awareness, but to also incentive and promote our local economy through a series of amazing giveaways (you know how we love those)!

Through ShopVT, we have come up with several ways you can save BIG this holiday season!

1} Coupon Codes

Seriously, this is the best kept secret in Vermont. Each year we list out some amazing coupon codes that you can’t find anywhere else. These include discounts for massage therapy from EarthySoul, passes to some of our favorite indoor play spaces like Wildflowers and the Wiggle Room, and so much more.

Get My Coupon Codes

If you have your own coupon code and would like to be listed in ShopVT reach out to us. We would love to include you and help support your business through the holidays (and beyond)!

2} Be on the Lookout for Flash Giveaways

Over the next 3 days we have 3 amazing flash giveaways that we will be promoting through our ShopVT Facebook page. These include a massage from EarthySoul (because we ALL need a massage during the holiday season), Family ski tickets to Bolton Valley, and a FREE coupon book from Local First Vermont (which includes over $3,000 in savings)! You won’t want to miss these. All you need to do is Like the ShopVT Facebook page and keep an eye out starting today.

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3} Win some FREE stuff through ShopVT

We LOVE giving away swag. In fact, promoting local businesses and giving the BVTMB community the chance to try new products or check out local shops is one of our favorite things to do. The best part of ShopVT (aside from building local awareness) is the hundreds of dollars of free stuff that we giveaway each year! This year we are trying something a little different and grouping most of our giveaways into grand prize baskets. Each giveaway is valued at a couple hundred dollars and includes some amazing stuff. You can keep them for yourself, or give them to a friend or family member. It’s up to you. What’s best, you don’t have to live in Vermont to win (so please share these with your friends and family).

There are 5 amazing giveaways to win, which you can enter for by visiting this link or filling out the rafflecopters below!


Featured Giveaway:

We have also included a featured giveaway in this post (a pair of AMAZING pearl earrings from Perrywinkles). Enter your details below or visit ShopVT to learn more:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don’t forget to check out all of the amazing giveaways on ShopVT here. The winners will be chosen Monday at midnight, so don’t wait to visit ShopVT where you can save big and win big this holiday season!

Happy Shopping!

P.S. You won’t find these coupon codes anywhere else and they are available for a limited time. 

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Originally from New Jersey my family would frequent VT for ski vacations and always saw the green mountains as a second home. When my husband Jake and I were ready to settle down we quickly found Burlington to be the perfect home for us both. We have been in VT since 2008 and now have 2 wonderful, spirited, and busy boys (Wyatt - 4, Zayne - 2) and an absolutely insane puppy, Ike. I telecommute from my home in Williston and am on a constant quest to balance being a full time executive with the demands of being mommy. Thankfully I also carry some form of super power productivity gene that forces me to multi-task at an absurd level (also known as the mommy gene)! When I'm not working or saving the world one band-aid at a time I love trying my hand at gardening, pretending to workout, and exploring. My family loves Burlington and all the area has to offer through community, health, fun, and local and sustainable living. I am so honored to be a part of this amazing team!


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