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Black Friday Shopping Tips!!

posted in Shopping
11/21/2013
  • If you are planning to brave the stores, here are some tips to get you thinking about your strategy and that will increase your chances of survival.
    If you are planning to brave the stores, here are some tips to get you thinking about your strategy and that will increase your chances of survival.
  • (1) Be prepared. Before you head out to the store, research the Black Friday ads and outline exactly what you would like to purchase. And to be extra prepared, you can even research the layout of your store, so you’ll know exactly where to head to grab the items on your list.
    (1) Be prepared. Before you head out to the store, research the Black Friday ads and outline exactly what you would like to purchase. And to be extra prepared, you can even research the layout of your store, so you’ll know exactly where to head to grab the items on your list.
  • (2) Be ready to stand in line for quite a long time. Wear comfy shoes and appropriate outerwear and consider leaving the kiddos at home (if this is not possible, bring toys or other items to keep them entertained while shopping).
    (2) Be ready to stand in line for quite a long time. Wear comfy shoes and appropriate outerwear and consider leaving the kiddos at home (if this is not possible, bring toys or other items to keep them entertained while shopping).
  • (3) Know your store’s hours (some stores are opening on Thanksgiving night while others are waiting until the wee hours of Friday morning).
    (3) Know your store’s hours (some stores are opening on Thanksgiving night while others are waiting until the wee hours of Friday morning).
  • (4) Familiarize yourself with each store’s price matching and/or coupon policy. Keep in mind that many stores have created special price matching policies specific for Black Friday.
    (4) Familiarize yourself with each store’s price matching and/or coupon policy. Keep in mind that many stores have created special price matching policies specific for Black Friday.
  • (5) Make a list! This will keep you focused and will definitely help to prevent you from being tempted to purchase additional items that are not on the list. I make these shopping maps with cut outs from the ad itself, that way I can quickly ask for assistance from a sales associate when needed!
    (5) Make a list! This will keep you focused and will definitely help to prevent you from being tempted to purchase additional items that are not on the list. I make these shopping maps with cut outs from the ad itself, that way I can quickly ask for assistance from a sales associate when needed!
  • In fact, one year I walked into Radio Shack with a map of all my intended purchases. I was greeted by the usual greeter, who looked into my hand and saw the map. He and another employee brought everything on my list up to the register and I was in and out of in less than 10 minutes on BLACK FRIDAY!!

  • (6) Remember to ask yourself whether the great deal you see is actually a great deal for you. You may also want to research online prices versus in-store prices, as you can often snag better deals online even when you factor in shipping costs. Check out amazons price checker app!!
    (6) Remember to ask yourself whether the great deal you see is actually a great deal for you. You may also want to research online prices versus in-store prices, as you can often snag better deals online even when you factor in shipping costs. Check out amazons price checker app!!
  • (7) Keep those receipts! After the adrenaline rush is over, you may realize that you got caught up in the Black Friday craziness and purchased items that you really do not want. As long as you have the receipt, you should be able to return them and get a full refund.
    (7) Keep those receipts! After the adrenaline rush is over, you may realize that you got caught up in the Black Friday craziness and purchased items that you really do not want. As long as you have the receipt, you should be able to return them and get a full refund.
  • (8) Go with your mom, sister, or a friend. Plan ahead and plan to split up so you can snag items for each other. It’s the only way I’ve figured out to help you be in two places at once! If you don’t want to go to separate stores, you can each start out on separate ends of the same store!
    (8) Go with your mom, sister, or a friend. Plan ahead and plan to split up so you can snag items for each other. It’s the only way I’ve figured out to help you be in two places at once! If you don’t want to go to separate stores, you can each start out on separate ends of the same store!
  • (9) Gas up the night before so you don’t waste precious sleep OR shopping time at the pump.  Also, map out your route based on store opening times to minimize backtracking and missing out on doorbuster items you’re planning to purchase.
    (9) Gas up the night before so you don’t waste precious sleep OR shopping time at the pump. Also, map out your route based on store opening times to minimize backtracking and missing out on doorbuster items you’re planning to purchase.
  • (10) Don’t give up! If the item you are looking for is not on the shelf or display, check the front of the store where other shoppers may have left items they weren’t sure about before checking out. Or, check with your cashier to see if someone happened to change their mind at the register!
    (10) Don’t give up! If the item you are looking for is not on the shelf or display, check the front of the store where other shoppers may have left items they weren’t sure about before checking out. Or, check with your cashier to see if someone happened to change their mind at the register!
  • (11) Be friendly.  You will be amazed at how people will help each other, even in the craziness, if they are approached with kindness.
    (11) Be friendly. You will be amazed at how people will help each other, even in the craziness, if they are approached with kindness.
  • (12 ) And my favorite tip of all… skip Black Friday and wait for Cyber Monday instead! There is nothing better than snagging *HOT* deals from the comfort of your own home in your favorite PJ’s!
    (12 ) And my favorite tip of all… skip Black Friday and wait for Cyber Monday instead! There is nothing better than snagging *HOT* deals from the comfort of your own home in your favorite PJ’s!
  • I hope you enjoyed this Tip!! Good luck on Black Friday and share some of your favorite deals or tips in the comments! Thank you!! 💖😄✌️

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