Basic Black Friday Shopping Tips

Black Friday 2006

Greg and I are no Black Friday experts, but from the two times we’ve shopped during that busy time of the year, we’ve learned a few things. I picked Greg’s brain a bit because I was all, “OMG we’ve only done Black Friday twice, what do I know??” He helped me brainstorm. He had me cracking up at The “BF Travel Pack”. Seriously? Yes.

The Planning Stage

  • Check out the holiday ads and make sure the deals advertised are truly deals before adding them to you shopping list. Collect any coupons available for your items.
  • If you’re familar with the store, plan your route through the store so you can be in, out, and on to the next store. Some stores, like Walmart, may even offer in-store maps for their doorbuster items.
  • Make room in your vehicle for your purchases.
  • Plan your driving route, factoring in time that the stores open, distance, etc.
  • Leave home early and gas up the car, so you don’t have to replenish in the middle of shopping. If you’re camping out before the doorbusters, you’ll need gas for sufficient heat!

The “BF Travel Pack”

  • Don’t forget your ads and notes!
  • Pack snacks and drinks. You don’t want to have to waste time or money stopping for fast food.
  • Wear warm comfortable clothes and SHOES. You absolutely must be comfortable shopping especially if you’re going to be out for a while.
  • Leave behind anything that will hinder your shopping. This includes heavy purses, and anything that can snag on racks and carts such as jewelry and coats.
  • If you plan on paying with debit/credit cards, bring a backup card. You don’t want lose out on your precious finds because your card was declined! *snort*

And lastly, if you don’t want to bother with the crowd, opt for Cyber Monday from the comfort of your home instead! Do you have any Black Friday shopping tips? Do share!

Black Friday 2006

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Sheena November 24, 2010 at 2:36 AM

    Oh Definitely! If you don’t catch a sale, it’s not the end of the world!

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  • Jessica November 19, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    I love Black Friday shopping! Not taking the shopping so seriously is definitely a good tip that too many people forget.

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  • Some Lucky Dog November 19, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    The best tip I can give for Black Friday shopping is…don’t take it too seriously and have fun!

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