Tips for Shopping on Black Friday

by - 11/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

I love black Friday and look forward to snagging the amazing deals that come with it each year. I still remember my first black Friday shopping experience over 16 years ago at Walmart. The lines were crazy, and it was such a huge crowd. From that day forward it was our tradition to look at the sales ads and to see which stores we were going to check out. Through trial and error, I've learned some very important lessons shopping on Black Friday. Below, I'm sharing some of my favorite black Friday tips.

Tips for Shopping on Black Friday

Price Matching Policy
A lot of stores do not price match on Black Friday. No there policy beforehand to save you time and money.

There are a ton of stores that have Black Friday sales, which stores do you plan on visiting online, and in-person? I’ve found it so helpful to create a list of the stores in which I plan on visiting in person, and virtually, and what item I want from each store.

Back-Up Plan
The possibilities are endless but have a backup plan. If you're at a store and the item you're looking for is out of stock. What is your plan "B"? Know beforehand what stores are going to have what.

Know When the sales start
It’s important to know when the sale actually starts. I think so many people have the misconception that most sales start on Thanksgiving, and Black Friday. However, I’ve learned that all stores are different some stores have sales that start on Wednesday online, and I’ve even gone to stores at the outlet who opened at around 12 am, and whose doors didn’t open until 6 am on Black Friday. Search the website for the stores in which you plan on visiting to make sure that you have the correct information on hand

Shopping List
Know who you’re shopping for and what stores you would like to shop at for that person. It’s so easy to see all of the sales and add everything into your cart. Creating a shopping list makes it so much easier to have a strategic plan.

Signup for their emails beforehand for your favorite stores. You'll be the first to know about sales and Earlybird opportunities.

I’m all for budgets, it’s so easy to overspend on Black Friday on items that you don’t even need or want. Create a budget for each person on your shopping list. If you’re purchasing items for yourself or Home. Create a budget for the store in which you plan on shopping.

Shop with a Friend
If you have a friend/family member that wants to go with you. Let them, the more the merrier. Help each other out. Split up and go to different stores. Have a plan!

As the saying goes, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. “ Of course nothing is glowing to be perfect. Stores will sell out of items, some stores might not even have the item in stock in which you’re looking for. I highly suggest purchasing the items that are on sale for the same price online. That you purchase the item online to avoid having to search around the stores looking for it.

Do you have any Black Friday Tips?

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  1. Some years I am adventurous enough to go and when I do I really save some money. I love the idea of going with a friend.

  2. I usually shop it online. I can't deal with all the people. You can find most of the deals online at least--some are doorbusters though, so I might head to the store in the afternoon to see if anything is left. But I can't do the early morning shopping! And yes, I budget!

  3. I've never done the Black Friday shopping, but this year I'm determined to get all of my shopping done on that day. (Rena)

  4. I used to go out for the sales with my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law, but it seems like most of the sales you can get from home, now. So now I stay home, and can shop multiple stores at the same time.

  5. I like the idea of having a plan for Black Friday. I don't know if I'll just shop online this year to avoid the crowds, but if you do go out, these are good tips.

  6. Honestly, I never really shop Black Friday - Cyber Monday I am ALL about because I ain't leaving my house LOL!

  7. So excited for the coming Black Friday sale! Thank you for sharing these useful tips. I will keep them in mind.

  8. THe price matching policy is one of the best and most overlooked tips. Stroll into one store with an ad, the other store is mobbed, and you can pick up your item with no issues.

  9. I used to go out when my girls were little and we'd snap up the toys and electronics. Now, I just stay home and put up Christmas decorations, then do a little online shopping while eating leftovers still in my pajamas.

  10. These are helpful tips! It's better to be prepared for the sale!

  11. I am so looking forward to checking all the sales on Black Friday, but we don't go to the stores because there are also a lot of great deals online. :)


  12. These are some really good tips. I love shopping on Black Friday. I like to go out and physically do the shopping, but I do some online shopping too.

  13. These are some wonderful tips for Black Friday shopping. My real struggle last year was to find a parking at Best Buy. It took me around 45 minutes to find a!

  14. I can't wait for Black Friday! My shopping list is ready! Thanks for these tips!

  15. It scares me! Not so much as when the stores sold limited items of an item, remember a lady getting killed??? However, the deals are amazing.

  16. Great tips! I love Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales! I can't wait to check them out!

  17. Thank you for such great tips. I love shopping on Black Friday but prefer to do all my shopping online, it feels safer LOL.


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