What is Black Friday?
Make a Plan
Get a Head Start
Timing is Everything
Your Black Friday Survival Kit
- Plan on bringing your significant other or a friend with you. It's important that you work as a team to get what you want.
- Bring only the basics with you. Don't carry a purse. You will need your arms free to carry everything through the store since you won't be using a shopping cart. So make sure your pants have good pockets for your debit card, ID, cell phone, shopping list, any coupons, and folded up store ad. (Notice I say debit card- NOT credit card. BF shopping has amazing deals, but only if you can afford it)
- Bring food in the car to snack on as you drive from store to store. ( A leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich is a great snack!) Don't waste time stopping to go out to eat. Also bring whatever drink wakes you up- coffee or an energy drink. Just don't drink too much, because only amateurs take bathroom breaks! ;)
- Wear clothes that are comfortable. Dress in layers. You'll be freezing when you're camped outside of Best Buy at 4am, but you'll soon be sweating as you run around a few stores. And this is not the day to show off your beautiful 4" heels. You're going to be on your feet for hours- possibly getting your feet stepped on. So wear comfortable walking shoes.
My husband and I have a great system we've been using. The second the stampede swarms into the store, we split up. One of us immediately gets in line to hold a spot at the checkout while the other person runs around the store grabbing all the items we plan on buying. Don't bother using a shopping cart. There are so many people in the store that you will just get caught in a shopping cart traffic jam. And people try to steal things out of other carts anyway. If you are not completely decided on purchasing an item, now is not the time to sit and think about it. Just go ahead and buy it. But save your receipt in case you want to return it. If you don't buy it now, you will end up paying more for it down the road. It is almost a guarantee that the Black Friday price is the best all year.
At checkout, make sure to use any coupons from the ads or that you printed online. Make sure they ring everything up at the correct price. As long as you have the store ad in your pocket, you can correct any mistakes.
For those of you who don't want to brave the crowds, you won't lose out on all the deals. The Biggest Online Shopping Day of Year is Cyber Monday. Look out for deals with huge discounts and free shipping deals. To make the most of your deals there are websites that offer cash back rebates on your online shopping by clicking through the store website links on their websites. Sign up for free with Shop At Home and also sign up with Ebates. By clicking directly through my links, you will get a $5 free credit on Shop At Home, and from Ebates you will get your choice of a free $10 gift card from Home Depot, Target, or Barnes & Noble. You're welcome :)
Once you sign up for any of these websites, you will get cash back in the form of a check from every online purchase you make from almost any website. These websites also give you coupon codes for free shipping and discounts on your orders.
Because we love it! It really has become a holiday tradition in our home. We save our money all year and we get one day to go on a shopping spree. We have so much fun running around each of the stores finding things like a treasure hunt. And we take our fun very seriously. :) I hope you got some good tips to help you save some money this year!
If you are local to Ventura County, I will be teaching a class on How to Save Money During the Holidays on Dec 3rd at 4pm. Black Friday is just the beginning of my money saving secrets. I am passionate about finding ways to save and sharing my secrets with you. Click here to sign up for my holiday class. Happy early Black Friday!