Giveaway: Check out these Black Friday/Cyber Monday Nescafe Dolce Gusto deals (and win a Melody 2!)

dolceugstoThis weekend, I was on a press trip, and one night at dinner, a conversation arose about divisive foods.

My friends and I were discussing items like cilantro, beets, mushrooms – generally, you either love them or hate them — and there’s very seldom middle ground.

When it comes to holiday shopping, I think the same may be said for Black Friday. Whether you’re hitting the stores at 4 am on Black Friday (I don’t recommend it) or logging on from your couch – there’s great deals to be had.

Check out this preview of the deals Nescafé Dolce Gusto is offering.

  • Save 50% off of Melody 2
  •  Only $50 for Piccolo + Travel Mug +1 box of coffee bundle (this is CRAZY PANTS)
  • Save 20% on three or more boxes of coffee

As you may recall, I’m a huge Dolce Gusto fan. Also a fan of: Not going out on Black Friday, and doing all my shopping from home. In my yoga pants. While drinking coffee. In fact, I wrote an article about my shop-at-home Black Friday plans this week for Huffington Post!

(See how this all came full circle?)

And in celebration of that — I’m giving away a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody 2 Coffee Maker to one reader! My Dolce Gusto is one of the very best things in my life. It has a professional-level 15 bar pressure system (similar to coffee houses), and a patented custom control lever that is specifically designed to optimize the extraction pressure. This is a great gift idea, but honestly, if I were you and won it – I’d keep it for myself!

To enter to win:

1 – Make sure you are following @AlyWalansky on Twitter and RT this giveaway

2 – Tell me your own holiday shopping survival tip. Can be anything!

3 – EXTRA CREDIT: Pick any OTHER blog post here from the last month and comment on it. (Please refrain from commenting with the word “comment” — doesn’t count!)

Deadline to enter is December 1. Good luck!



  1. Evelyn S

    Retweeted the giveaway… @iamevie

    I do two things… (1) I shop in the summer when the crowds are thin and other holiday sales are taking place, and (2) online shopping is the way to go!!

    • olga fiore

      Dinnertime. during the week…from 5 -7pm… the best times..

  2. Colleen C

    I retweeted twice! Cause I LOVE my Dolce Piccolo, but am droooling over the Melody 2.

    My tip:
    At this time of the year, I stock up on some good quality meats, cheeses, olives, roasted red peppers and sundried tomatoes, also, some really good crackers (like Rainforest) and I store some of that bake at home bread. That way when someone drops in, or I have a short notice visit, I can put out an amazing spread and look like a genius! (and there is no stress or cooking involved, which can be a blessing at times).

  3. apple

    My best holiday tip is practice saying “NO” ahead of time and say no to bad/too much booze, crummy food, stupid favors, spending beyond your budget . . . thinking you have to be everything to everyone.

  4. apple

    I follow you and I retweeted

  5. CR Williams

    My survival tip is to shop early.

  6. jsouth1@tampabay.rr.com

    shop online

  7. Doris Calvert

    Follow & RT tweet @dewinner

  8. Doris Calvert

    I start shopping in Sept and pick up things I know people want so I don’t have to rush, of course there is always a rush at the end.

  9. Joanna

    Holiday Shopping Survival Tip:

    Always be one step ahead. To avoid the rush of Christmas shopping I always shop before hand like mid-November. I also make discount code my best friend.

  10. Deborah Curran

    I do most shopping online – best prices and I don’t have to deal with the crowds

  11. Karla Sceviour

    I follow you on twitter & retweeted

  12. Karla Sceviour

    My holiday shopping survival tip is to shop online! No crowds to deal with,and can shop at your own pace,,in your pjs :-)

  13. Carol B

    My holiday shopping survival tip is to treat yourself too! Whether it’s a facial, a little alone time unplugging all the communication devices & just listening to music, a long, hot bath or taking a coffee break with my fave coffee…I find I need some time to de-stress, recharge myself & then I can deal with all the craziness with a smile on my face, a good attitude & enjoy the holiday shopping!

  14. Tammy Dalley

    My tip is too start shopping early, you’ll get sales all through the year,less hectic then trying to get everything done the last minute!

  15. aubrei

    I follow you and I retweeted

  16. aubrie

    I shop all year. I have my master list of people I need to get gifts for and keep an eye out starting the day after Christmas.
    I cross the name off when I find the perfect gift. And I ALWAYS keep my budget.

  17. Tracy L Davis


    Survival Tip: Start your holiday shopping early

  18. eileen

    I retweeted! and I follow you on twitter

  19. eileen

    survival tip 1: wine
    survival tip 2: go to as many wine tastings at the wine shoppe as possible.
    survival tip 3: taxis after said wine

  20. Jules

    My holiday survival shopping tip is to start early and do as much of it as possible online! I hate trying to fight the crazy holiday crowds! I follow and rt’d @jules792000 :)

  21. sharon
  22. sharon

    my best survival tip is to …..ruuunn! and hide too! shop online in your pj’s …..wait for the postman :)

    wild horses could not drag me out on black friday …..

  23. savvi

    retweeted @savvyscheel

  24. savvi

    follow you @savvyscheel

  25. savvi

    I do my best to get all my shopping done by the time school starts in the fall. If I forget something or someone I try to shop off hours.

  26. Meghan Finley

    I volunteer to stay home and babysit Black Friday. It’s nice and quiet at home with sleeping kids. No crowds, lines or cold!

    • Meghan Finley

      And I followed and rt’d @immoralb4

  27. Joanne Gregory

    I follow you @jednc2 & retweeted the giveaway. My shopping survival tip is to shop online!

  28. heidi

    retweeted a couple time @heidiolala

  29. heidi

    follow you

  30. heidi

    My holiday shopping survival tip is to make a list and go online. Much better deals, no hassles and crowds

  31. heidi

    My holiday sanity shopping tip is make a list, hit the web. better deals, no hassles

  32. Patricia A Herbert

    My survival tip is to not take on everything myself..I divvy out things to Hubby and kids so I don’t get overwhelmed

  33. Patricia A Herbert

    Follow on twitter and retweeted @peggysue753

  34. I’m a big fan of lists, and of realising that the time together is more important than the gifts or the food.

  35. Linda Kubala

    https://twitter.com/freeway49/status/404698639324282881 . I follow you @freeway49 . I am also subscribed.

  36. Linda Kubala

    My survival tip, always make a list, do every bit of shopping online, and save yourself from the lines and crowds.

  37. Nancy Reid

    Follow as @eyewonit
    Tweeted giveaway https://twitter.com/alywalansky/status/404645008537837569

    My survival shopping TIP is to shop year round as you see sales and add coupons to your purchase along with comparison shopping and asking vendors to match prices to save running around!

  38. Evelyn S

    I commented on your Julie Benz interview post… love her!!

  39. HS

    My tip is to do online shopping, avoid crowds and stay at home with loved ones.

  40. HS
  41. (already follow – retweeted today)

    My survival tip for shopping is to bring a refillable water bottle. The air in the shops seems to be very drying in the winter.

  42. Elena

    Follow you on Twitter @ElenaIstomina and retweeted

  43. Elena

    My tip is to shop online to avoid the crowds

  44. Rosanne
  45. Rosanne

    I survive shopping by doing it online and not going to the stores.

  46. summer

    I survive shopping by writing checks for everyone. The size that always fits and the color that always flatters.

  47. summer

    commented on katy

  48. summer

    follow you on twitter

  49. summer

    retweeted several times :) @summersandie

  50. MC Chau

    I retweeted here: https://twitter.com/alywalansky/status/405750809314349056

    I like to shop online and during non-holiday seasons to minimize the stress! I also pre-make cookie dough and cakes for cake balls ahead of time to cut down on prep work!

  51. Teresa

    Following on Twitter as @tssk10
    tweeted – https://twitter.com/alywalansky/status/405750809314349056

    My holiday trip is to shop throughout the year so you have time to enjoy the holiday and stay stressfree.

  52. maddy

    Ha – I am not in any lines tonight nor will I go out tomorrow. I spend the summer thrifting for cool gifts

  53. maddy


  54. maddy

    follow you on twitter as @madrockclimbr

  55. My holiday shopping survival tip is to shop online! Hate the madness. People act like wild animals – no thank you! I also prefer to shop local and avoid the big box stores.

  56. carol

    My holiday shopping survival tip is toa avoid malls and the strip stores around malls. I scope out potential boutiquey shopping areas all year, you know those areas with cute, independent shops and then do my shopping there. On weekday afternoons.

  57. carol

    follow you @mudrunnersmom

  58. carol


  59. carol

    commented about Katy Perry

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