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35 Useful Things You'll Want To Buy At The Big Lots Friends And Family Sale

Supreme deals on memory foam mattresses, waffle makers, makeup organizers, and more!

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Get your credit cards ready, because discount retailer Big Lots is having its Friends and Family sale this weekend (1/20-1/21)! It's 20% off your entire purchase, so that means you can get already discounted home goods, small appliances, and furniture at even lower prices.

The first day of the sale (1/20) is reserved for BIG Rewards Members, but you can register for free here to gain access. The second day (1/21) = deals for everyone!

Here are some of the cool and useful things you can pick up in the sale:


1. A cushioned rug pad to prevent that beautiful but slippery rug from shifting under your feet.

This rug pad measures 1'8" x 3'4". Check out larger sizes here and here.

Promising review: "This carpet pad was reasonably priced and does a great job. No slips or bunches yet. I am very satisfied with my purchase. I have hardwood and tile floors, so I am not sure if it works well on any other surfaces." —Suzyq

Price: $4 (originally $5)

2. A luxuriously soft cotton sheet set so you can feel like you're staying at a five-star hotel every night.

This set is made of 100% cotton! Each set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.

Price: $18.40+ (originally $23+, available in three sizes and five colors)

3. A sheer voile curtain that'll create a lovely glow in any room while the light breaks through.

Promising review:

 "I bought one in the dark brown to see if I'd like it. It's nice; I'm going to pair it with a light brown one. Cheap and easy decor." —Tonya

Price: $4+ (originally $5+, available in two sizes and seven colors)


5. A gel memory foam mattress topper for turning the hardest of beds into a soft and cuddly cloud.

This topper is three inches thick. Check out a four-inch one here!

Promising review:

 "Purchased ours four years ago, prior to my back surgery, and still sleeping on it. I was finally comfortable and able to sleep prior to surgery and was comfortable post-op. Kids wouldn't stay off the bed until we purchased their own for their beds. We find it does hold heat, so it's nice in winter and hot in summer but not enough for me to not use it. I just turn on the A/C. Best purchase we ever made. Has lasted longer than expected and is still in like-new condition." —Shelley

Price: $55.99+ (originally $69.99+, available in four sizes)

7. An adorable pillowcase to hold you over until you get your roommate to agree to a real pet hedgehog.

Promising review:

 "Purchased for my teenage daughter, and she absolutely loved them! So glad I bought them!" —Cecyqs

Price: $3.2 (originally $4)

8. A mesh six-pocket organizer for a clever way to maximize storage in your bathroom.

Promising review:

 "We've had this product for several months and use it in our main bath. It is sturdy, holds large shampoo and conditioner bottles, and easy to maneuver even with the shower curtain. I would buy another if I had a need to." —BigLots Shopper

Price: $5.6 (originally $7)


9. A programmable slow cooker so you can come home to a warm and hearty dinner.

This six-quart slow cooker automatically switches to its warm setting once it finishes cooking. The insert is dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: "What a great slow cooker. It's the perfect size and offers true to temperature cooking. I use it all the time as I am a busy mom of three. The ability to program times is a big help!" —Lolo

Price: $23.99 (originally $29.99)

11. An under-bed storage bag perfect for hiding away blankets, comforters, seasonal clothing, or shoes.

It features zipper closure and a clear plastic window that lets you see what's inside. It can be collapsed when not in use!

Promising review: "Strong material, beautiful design, and fits well in my small closet." —IngridC

Price: $6.40 (originally $8)

12. A lightweight yet powerful vacuum that'll make cleaning the house ~suck~ a little less.

This vacuum allows for swivel steering so you can easily maneuver around furniture and obstacles. It's also equipped with anti-allergen technology to trap over 99.99% of dust and allergens. It comes with two crevice tools!

Promising review: "This was a great buy for me. I use it almost every day and the suction is powerful. The tools are an added plus. The vacuum is lightweight so it makes steps easier to clean. The wand makes it easier to reach high areas in my home. My only issue is that dirt gets caught, making it harder to empty completely." —EIC

Price: $119.99 (originally $149.99)


14. A bamboo roll-up blind for a cheap and attractive alternative to drapes.

This blind measures 24" x 72". Check out two longer versions here and here.

Promising review:

 "Eighteen purchased from local Big Lots and Big Lots online. I will be getting more, as they are beautiful and have a great look about them. Also saves a fortune by not buying drapes. Easy to hang, lightweight to use — there is nothing bad to say about this product." —Chewbacca

Price: $6.4 (originally $8)

15. A rotating Belgian waffle iron so you can make a tasty and photogenic breakfast in 10 minutes.

The non-stick ceramic cooking plates make for easy clean-up!

Promising review:

 "Most Belgian waffle makers you buy, you must spray first. Not this one. Made three in a row and they just slid off. They cooked in five minutes so that was great. It was a great buy! Definitely worth it since they tasted great, and it's way easy to clean." —RichNShan

Price: $23.99 (originally $29.99)


17. A six-speed electric hand mixer to make whipping up mashed potatoes and cookie batters that much easier.

This mixer comes with a set of beaters and a whisk!

Promising review: "Great product, easy to use. Lightweight. Came with storage for the whisks. Quiet and effective." —Krustaay

Price: $16 (originally $20)

18. A set of color-coded storage containers for packing up leftovers or bringing lunch to work.

This set includes five plastic storage containers and five vented locking lids with silicone seals. They're microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe!

Promising review: "These are great for our lunches and easy to clean. Sturdier than expected." —Sassypants

Price: $6.80 (originally $8.50)

19. A ladder bookcase that'll take your home office decor to a new height (literally).

Promising review:

 "I priced these shelves several places before buying here, and this was the best deal. I put it together myself. It was very easy to put together, and I have received so many compliments on it. It's my favorite piece of furniture now, and it has 20 pictures of my family on it. Love it!" —Always looking for a deal

Price: $47.99 (originally $59.99)

20. A jumbo-size pillow designed to accommodate all sleep positions: stomach, back, or side.

The cover is made of 100% cotton!

Promising review: "This is the best pillow I've had in many years! Sleeping at night has been wonderful. I'm sleeping and not tossing at night!" —Ranger

Price: $6.40 (originally $8)


21. A set of nesting wall cubes perfect for displaying mementos or a few succulents.

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Promising review:

 "They make a nice grouping, especially for a smaller wall space. They are probably not suitable on their own for a large wall. I will use them on a large wall but next to the TV, so I think it works." —redecorating again

Price: $16 (originally $20)

22. An elegant accent chair your guests will think you got from some super fancy home decor store.

This chair is also available in orange.

Promising review:

 "This chair was just what I'd hoped it would be! I took a chance and ordered it before trying it out, but I wasn't disappointed. It's comfortable and firm instead of squishy. Great wide seat and I'm in love with the deep blue/green color. The perfect accent chair." —Ashbash63

Price: $159.99 (originally $199.99)

23. A roll-away folding bed to keep on hand for overnight guests (or your friend who needs a place to stay for... a while). It's more comfortable than a sleeping bag or an air mattress!

This bed measures 31"L x 4"W x 74"H.

Promising review:

 "I was very impressed with this product. It came with almost no setup required. The bed is very lightweight but sturdy, being able to hold a max weight of 250 pounds. When laying on the mattress, I didn't feel like I was going to fall through nor could I feel the metal structure beneath me." —After A Deal

Price: $103.99 (originally $129.99)

24. A reversible sofa protector so you can go crazy with the binge-watching snacks and cuddle up with your furry friend without worrying about stains, crumbs, or pet hair.

One side is brown and the other is tan!

Promising review:

 "Well done design. I put it on my sofa so the hair of my cat won't ruin my sofa. Cleans very easily. Not a problem to set it up. Doesn't slip from its place. Very well pleased." —Amy

Price: $16 (originally $20)


25. A six-piece bamboo utensil set that won't scratch up your good pans.

Promising review: "I bought this set when I first moved into my apartment just to have something to cook with for the meantime and four months later, they're still working perfectly with minimal wear and tear! (I cook one to three times a week.) It's not hard to clean at all, and the bamboo isn't stringing off like some wooden utensils. Very pleased. I couldn't have gotten a better bang for my buck!" —Mei

Price: $3.2 (originally $4)

28. A blue velvet throw pillow so you can get that champagne aesthetic on a beer budget. (Though it's really a soda budget if we're being honest.)

This throw pillow also comes in a champagne color.

Promising review:

 "Soft blue. They look more expensive than they are." —kim

Price: $8 (originally $10)


29. A rope hanging mirror that can pass for something you found at a charming vintage shop.

This mirror measures 19" in diameter.

Promising review: "Compared to other products, this is a great buy for the price. The mirror is clear, and I like that it's not too heavy so it can be hung easily." —Michelle

Price: $16 (originally $20)

30. A gel-infused memory foam mattress to give you the best sleep of your life.

The gel-infused design will help keep you cool throughout the night! This mattress also comes in full, queen, and king size.

Promising review: "I'm very picky about my mattresses and prefer soft. This has a soft feel but with strong support which is good for my back. It's very comfortable." —Grumpy Old Guy

Price: $191.99 (originally $239.99)

31. A personal blender for an easy and mess-free way to make post-workout smoothies. The blending container doubles as a travel mug, so you'll have one less thing to clean!

Promising review:

 "I have had mine for about two years now, no kidding, and I just love the thing! It has held up well and is still going great. I use it at least four times a week or more — that should say something about it. I crush ice in it for my smoothies with fresh fruit and other things. It blends them all up just great, and being able to drink from the one cup makes it easier in the morning. I would definitely recommend this to others." —Rsvlkate

Price: $11.99 (originally $14.99)


33. An iron that'll automatically shut off if left face down, on its side, or upright. You can also adjust steam levels for different fabrics!

Promising review:

 "Love this iron! Controls are convenient, does a great job! Tackles wrinkles well." —Penny

Price: $15.99 (originally $19.99)

34. A Bluetooth speaker in a retro shape for jamming out to your fave '90s playlists.

Promising review:

 "I am cheer coach and use this speaker daily to practice our routine. Loud enough for everyone to hear! Phone does have to be within 20 feet, but I have no complaints." —Coach Emily

Price: $12 (originally $15)

35. And a quesadilla maker you should probably buy with caution because it'll only encourage your cheese addiction.

Promising review:

 "I bought this today and used it for dinner tonight. It was easy to make a chicken and spinach quesadilla. It was awesome and quick; whole meal took less than 15 minutes for two." —Kayekaye

Price: $15.99 (originally $19.99)