You may find this hard to believe, but I have never stepped foot in a store on Black Friday. I am just not a big fan of the drama surrounding Black Friday in store deals. I personally prefer to stay in my PJs (so to speak) and order some of these great deals online (and get the cash back for them too). And in the past 5 years, the 6-7 days BEFORE Black Friday have actually seen the best deals.
But I realize that Black Friday sales can be amazing and can help to stretch your giving budget during the holidays. Plus I know of several families (like loyal reader Karen W.) who have really fun family traditions with this marathon day of shopping.
So have no fear, I will be posting some of the best Black Friday deals out there. Along my side bar you will (soon) see a Holiday Deals button. Click that to find the current Black Friday and Cyber Monday posts. I will also be adding a category at the top of my “Ways to Save” drop down in the navigation bar called “Black Friday” Please note, I will not be able to cover all the stores but will do my best.
One thing that bargain hunters often struggle with is, did I get the absolute rock bottom price? And Black Friday’s frenzy can play into this stress. I would just encourage you to let it go! (speaking to myself too). Sure you may be able to get a better deal, but what is the time and cost to your family? (again speaking to the choir here). Let’s try to keep everything in perspective this holiday season.
Here are just a few Black Friday tips to consider if you plan on braving the stores:
- If you are trying to get a door buster item, be sure to read the fine print on quantity limits. Bring the ad if possible just in case.
- Price matching is your friend. This can save you from running to all the stores. Although it can be tricky on Black Friday, some stores will still price match on Black Friday. For instance read about Walmart’s Christmas price match (2013)
- Make a game plan: what stores will you be going to, in what order and looking for what item in each store (that’s where my posts will com in handy).
- Wear comfortable shoes/clothing.
- Consider bringing your own large reusable bags (pack more in and “green” friendly)
- Pack water and a few snacks if you are in for the long haul.
- Remember to show kindness! That hot toy is not worth putting someone’s eye out or using hurtful words. Especially toward the diligent employees that are having to work on this crazy day. It is all about the Joy of Giving, right?!
What are your thoughts on Black Friday? Once again this year many stores will be opening their doors on Thursday. Will you be in line? Do you have Black Friday traditions and/or tips? I always love to hear your perspective, so leave a comment!