Black Friday is notably the biggest shopping day of the year. It is THE day to score doorbusters and deals for a variety of items. I’ve spent my fair share of time scouring the internet to prepare for my shopping trip and waiting in Black Friday lines over the years. For some, it may be a stressful excursion that they prefer to avoid but as for me, I love it! It’s never stressful and always a fun way to usher in the Christmas holiday season. I’ve learned how to make the experience easy, fun, and worthwhile and today I’m spilling all of the details!
Use coupons & store rewards cards
Many stores will allow you to use coupons and there are even coupons in the Black Friday newspaper ads! Use them! Also, don’t forget to use your store rewards cards. You might as well rack up those bonus points on your purchases.
Join email lists
Keep an eye on your inbox. Some stores will be sending out emails with special coupons, extra rewards points, and even free gifts for purchases made on Black Friday. You don’t want to miss out if you plan to shop at those stores so make sure that you sign up to receive emails from the stores that you know you will be shopping at.
Make your shopping list
It’s probably the most important part of the entire Black Friday process. I’ve been shopping Black Friday for years and I’ve developed a pretty solid process to ensure that I get most of the items on my list. I always use BFAds.net. They have ad scans for each of the stores as they are released. After you create an account, you are able to look through each store’s ads and favorite specific products. This adds these products to a list that allows you to print out and take with you to shop. It’s so easy!
Check store opening times and come up with a plan
Many stores open up for Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving afternoon. We always have our Thanksgiving meal at lunchtime so it’s never a conflict with family time. If you are going with a group it may be beneficial to split up if you are trying to score deals at different stores that are opening at the same time. I always prioritize the store that has the most items on my list. Also, keep in mind that the popular doorbuster items may not be in the same section of the store as it usually is. TV’s, for example, may be in the grocery section at Walmart and that Nintendo Switch may be in the clothing section at Target. Most of the bigger stores will have maps available to you when you enter the store showing where everything is located. You can also check online as some of the maps have been released there already. You will have a much more pleasant shopping experience if you go into it with a plan.
After you have your shopping list complete hop online and check out the deals that are already going on. You may even score a better deal before Black Friday and skip having to hunt down certain items. You can also use coupon codes online and Ebates! I’ve gotten over $200 back from Ebates so far and all you have to do is sign up and shop. Might as well make money if you’re already shopping online anyway. You can sign up HERE.
Don’t stress out over items that you don’t get and have a backup plan
There will always be items on your list that you aren’t able to get whether it’s sold out before you get there or it’s not the correct size/color that you need. Don’t stress out about it. When your waiting in those long lines get out your cell phone and see if you can score the deal on the store’s website. Many stores will be putting their Black Friday sales online so if the item is sold out in the store it may still be available for purchase online. Have backup gift ideas for those popular items that you may not get. It’s always a good idea to have multiple gift ideas for each person just in case your first one doesn’t work out. Also, keep in mind that you may be able to score some of the items on your list on Cyber Monday.
Black Friday has always been so much fun in my family because it’s something that we do together. It’s always a day when I’m thinking about my family and friends and finding the perfect gifts for them which is one of my favorite things to do. Take some time to grab a coffee or hot chocolate before the stores open, wear a festive shirt, crank up the Christmas music in the car and enjoy the spirit of the season!