Must-Know Tips for Shopping on Black Friday

by - 11/09/2021 12:00:00 AM

I think I attended my first Black Friday event when I was about 17, my aunt was super excited about attending and had been attending the event of this sale for years. It sounded like so much fun, wake up early a day after Thanksgiving, and shop until you were pretty much tired?! Count me in, over the years, after Thanksgiving dinner it was a tradition that my aunt would pick up a newspaper, and after dinner, we would go through the sales fliers and create a plan. It was so much fun, and I created so many Black Friday memories throughout the years. Below, I'm sharing my Must-Know Tips for Shopping Black Friday.

Must-Know Tips for Shopping on Black Friday

Shop Now
As weird as this may sound if you prefer shopping online, shop now. Most stores offer amazing deals prior to Black Friday, and the cashback offer is typically more before the holidays. 
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 that 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. Also, note I've already started receiving mailers with Black Friday sales going on now.

Shopping List
Know who you’re shopping for and what stores you would like to shop 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.

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 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.

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. These are great tips for your budget and sanity! lol I have not shopped on black friday in probably close to 4 years now lol I always shop the presales and I'm usually done gift shopping by then, I do look incase something pops up that I might need, but mostly I avoid as much as possible! Kelli A

  2. I will keep these tips in mind. I usually shop online where it's safe and warm!

  3. Ha, great post. It is important to be well prepared if you need things.

  4. I have not done this shopping day for a while. I may have to join in this year.

  5. I need to make my lists early this year so I'm prepared for the amazing sales. I always miss out on black friday because I wait till the last minute to shop.

  6. These are some really great tips! I will surely gonna keep this in my mind.

  7. I haven't tried this kind of shopping before. I normally do shopping online. These are some great tips!

  8. Oh wow! Great post!
    Thanks for these very helpful shopping tips!

  9. Love getting a good deal on Black Friday. These are awesome tips for maximizing savings.

  10. I love black friday shopping but it is a lot harder now that I am an amputee and have to worry about people knocking me over. I take several people with me so I can establish a wall of support as we move through the stores.

  11. We haven't been shopping on black friday in many years. I would definitely want to be as prepared as possible!

  12. This is great post. I will keep this tips in mind. Black Friday shopping I always done through online.


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