Best Black Friday Fitbit Deals, 2014

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Whether you want to count your steps, monitor your sleep patterns or calculate how many calories you’re burning, fitness tracking devices from Fitbit offer a great way to keep track of your health. If you’ve been eyeing these handy devices for yourself or a friend, Black Friday is the perfect time to snag a bargain.

Here are the best deals you’ll find on the Fitbit Zip, One, Flex and Charge:

Fitbit Zip

The original and simplest of the series, the Fitbit Zip uses a three-axis accelerometer to measure your steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. It then syncs with your computer or smartphone to compile and analyze your data. Although the clip-on device doesn’t include sleep monitoring, it can track your diet, water intake, weight and other fitness-related information.

Regular price: $59.95

Black Friday offers:

  • Staples: $59.99 plus free $25 Visa card
  • Walgreens: $49.99 (requires membership in free rewards program)

If you’re looking for instant savings, Walgreens has the best bet, offering the device for just under $50. Make sure to sign up for the free Walgreen Balance rewards program to access the discount. Otherwise, you’ll get a lower price by purchasing the Zip at Staples, where all fitness trackers come with a free $25 Visa card, bringing the Zip’s price down to $34.99.

Fitbit One

On top of the Zip’s features, the Fitbit One lets you count stairs and monitor your sleep quality. The small, lightweight device clips onto your clothes for easy access.

Regular price: $99.95

Black Friday offers:

  • Staples: $99.99 plus free $25 Visa card

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of options this season for shoppers in search of Fitbit One.

Staples’ offers of a free $25 Visa card with purchase of any fitness device brings the One’s price down to $74.99. Although it wasn’t featured in the store’s ad, you might also find the One at Best Buy, where all fitness devices will be marked down for Black Friday.

Finally, keep an eye out for possible discounts at Amazon and other online retailers during Cyber Monday sales.

Fitbit Flex

In a bracelet-like design, the Fitbit Flex counts your steps taken, calories burned and distance traveled. Additional features include monitoring hours slept, quality of sleep and active minutes.

Regular price: $99.95

Black Friday offers:

  • AAFES: $79.95
  • Kohl’s: $74.99 (after $25 rebate, available in stores and online)
  • Overstock: $84.99
  • RadioShack: $99.99 with $25 gift card (in-store only)
  • Sam’s Club: $79.98 (starter kit, includes black band plus extra charger and lime green bands in two sizes)
  • Sports Authority: $99.95 plus $25 Sports Authority cash card
  • Staples: $99.99 plus free $25 Visa card
  • Walmart: $69

The clear favorite of this year’s Black Friday sales, the Flex is available at a discount at more than half a dozen stores. You’ll find the lowest price at Walmart, where the device is going for a mere $69 (that’s about $30 off), with Kohl’s $74.99 a close second at about $5 more.

Fitbit Charge

Released Nov. 17, the Fitbit Charge offers the most impressive capabilities in a Fitbit device so far. Along with the time of day and daily stats, the wristwatch-like device measures your all-day activity, including steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed and minutes active. The Charge stays active while you rest, automatically monitoring your sleep and waking you with a silent alarm.

Regular price: $129.95

2014 Black Friday offers:

  • Best Buy: $99.99
  • Target: $99.99
  • Fred Meyer: $129.99 plus free $25 Fred Meyer gift card (requires in-store coupon, limit one)
  • Sports Authority: $129.95 plus free $25 Sports Authority cash card (requires in-store coupon)

At nearly $30 less than retail price, Best Buy and Target are offering the best deals on the Charge. But if you’re willing to pay full price for the device at Fred Meyer and Sports Authority, you’ll be rewarded with a $25 in-store coupon, bringing the price down to just under $105.

Written by Melinda Szell

 




 

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