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Shopping Tips for Surviving Black Friday

posted 11/23/2009 8:37:03 PM |
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Well guys and's almost that time of year again and I'm not talkin' turkeys or men in big red suits. I'm talkin' about the biggest shopping day of the year. Now if you're brave enough to venture out on this day, here are a few of my tips for surviving all the madness.

1. Strategize, Strategize: Get the Thanksgiving Day newspaper in your area and flip through all of those ads. A lot of the ads are time-sensitive so you will miss out if you're not there before 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. in the morning. As well, some stores will open as early as 4:00 a.m. so you will need to decide which stores to hit first, and which stores can be hit later in the day. Also, bring your ads along to avoid any disputes over how much an item is supposed to cost on Friday. Having the ads will come in handy at stores promising “lowest-price” guarantees – especially if you find lower prices elsewhere.

2. Dress Comfortably and Bring Snacks: If you're determined to brave the crowds then dress comfortably. Dress in layers so that you can adjust accordingly, as some of those stores can get pretty toasty with all those shoppers. Comfortable shoes are also a must, and so are portable snacks and drinks. They’ll prevent you from having to endure low blood-sugar levels, dehydration or congested food courts. Yours truly has not waited in a food court line in 5 years. What a waste of time.

3. Make Friends with People in Line: A spirit of camaraderie will not only make the long, dark wait more pleasant — it also could prove to be a godsend if you must give up your place in line so you can run to the bathroom. Trust me...this little gem of advice has saved me hours in waiting because some truly lovely people become quite vicious on this day and would not even hold their own grandmother's place in line. Sad but very true.

4. Pick the Right Shopping Buddy: Unless you want to bicker and feel frustrated all day, think hard (I'm talkin' really hard) about who would get into the spirit of a shopping day like this. Taking your boyfriend, lover or husband is like taking a walking just don’t work. It's also wise to leave your kids at home. Trust me when I say I have witnessed countless arguments and temper tantrums in the wee hours on this day and it ain't pretty.

5. Shop with a List: You'll accomplish so much more if you shop with a list. You'll also know who you've already bought for and who you still need to buy for. Trust me when I tell you how you can spend way too much time and money if you don't have a shopping list to guide you through this nightmare. It doesn't have to be a fancy just needs to help keep you on track so you can accomplish what you set out to do.

Good luck and I hope you find all the bargains your hunting for.

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Nov 23 @ 8:43PM  
Dress Comfortably and Bring Snacks:
Oh yeah, this can be a rough sport.

Very good tips on this blog, Kat!

Nov 23 @ 8:48PM  
good tips BUT.....

<<< DOESN'T do crowds or lines.......

tho for the right amount of money i'll let someone use me as a battering ram ...but we're talking COLD HARD CASH YANO

Nov 23 @ 8:51PM  
Dang! To me, that is the worst day to shop!! People can be awful!! But now, if I had a shitload of money to spend, I would go shopping and fight the crowds for sure! But I'm going to work my PT all day Friday... Next payday will be my big shopping time! And I CAN wait! LOL

good blog Kat!!


Nov 23 @ 8:52PM  
Good tips.

One I like.......

Nov 23 @ 9:03PM  
I think I can, I think I can.

I haven't done Black Friday in over 10 years, I'm gonna do it this year. $$ is tight and there's some great deals out there!

Nov 23 @ 9:20PM  
Straddle: Black Friday shopping IS a sport and not for the faint of heart.

ynot: Maybe I should bring you along as a body guard when I go to Wal-Mart. Now that store can be downright dangerous on this day.

Sugar: Good tip. I do some of my shopping online as well and it's definitely easier and stress-free.

PTN: Thanks!

Sunshine: You can do can do can do it!

I know it's hellacious to shop on this day but you can really find some amazing bargains, and save tons of money.

Nov 23 @ 9:25PM  

But they don't have Black Friday at the Dollar store.

Nov 23 @ 9:29PM  
Sunshine: You can do can do can do it!
And we can help...

oh wait, I was thinking of that damn Home Depot slogan.


Nov 23 @ 9:34PM  
@ ^^^

If I had any money, I would be shopping Friday.............

Nov 23 @ 9:35PM  
There is not enough guns in the world to point at me to make me go shopping on Black Friday, again.

Nov 23 @ 9:41PM  
Night: You're in luck. Some of the dollar stores in the local malls particpate in black friday madness.

Straddle: Watch yourself...I can delete your comments if I want to.

earthquake501: Did you pick the wrong buddy to go shopping with?

Nov 23 @ 9:49PM  
Wal-Mart. Now that store can be downright dangerous

Especially if a fat woman's spandex tube top breaks

Nov 23 @ 10:07PM  
I'm with earthquake on this one....I hate to shop and hubby is trying to talk me into going this year!! I don't do crowds, they make me claustrophobic, and I just generally hate shopping!! I don't go unless I have to!!

Nov 23 @ 10:16PM  
LMAO @ Doc

girlcountry: If you go with someone fun, it can be fun. Get in and get out...and then go for a late breakfast. That's what I always do and it seems to work well.

Nov 23 @ 11:20PM  
Black Friday shopping is the only time of year I can let my bitch out and its expected

Nov 24 @ 3:28AM  
After working in retail for 12 years I will let you in on a little secret. There are only one or two items per store that you are going to save more money on by shopping on Black Friday. There are usually better sales before and after that day. I have found people usually save more money if they shop early and have a better selection. Seeing that it is too late for that now, I might suggest shopping Wednesday because a lot of the stores have everything on sale anyway unless you intend to get a doorbuster on Friday. Just know there will be a limited amount of those items and of course once they are gone there will be plenty of the more expensive items they expect people to buy. Black Friday has always been a sales strategy to lure people into the stores with promises of big savings on certain products because they know if those are gone they will buy something else at a greater cost. There is a reason they only have a limited number of the "bargains"

If you are shopping on that day be early, be prepared to stand in line for a couple of hours in the middle of the night as some stores are opening at 4am and good luck. I will be sound asleep in my bed at that time.

Nov 24 @ 4:24AM  
I try to go every year!!!
I dont I will get there 15 mins after the doors open....
I go for the entertainment.... You should see some of the Women..and Men !!!!
The way some of them Dress most of the Time will crack me up...some still have on their PJ's, slippers, and Over 1/2 of the Women will not have their makeup on....
The Looks in some of the PPL's faces.....Screams...."Leave me the Fuck alone!!!"
I cant wait!!!!

Nov 24 @ 5:56AM  
I don't like crowd's

I have to be at work on Black Friday at 5:00am. We normally open at 7:00 but because of it being Black Friday we are going to open at 5:00.

I work at a restraunt and it is right next to a wal-mart..I can't wait.

Nov 24 @ 6:28AM  
Log on. Point. Click. Order. Ship.

Shopping completed at home, wearing only boxer shorts. Priceless.

Nov 24 @ 7:26AM  
Yeesh, all that hullabaloo and Shewolf finally divulges a trade secret,

it's all just another greedy, fraudulent scheme!

All I want for Christmas is a credit default swap and a

mortgage backed security!

Nov 24 @ 2:16PM  
Great tips!!!...mine is....don't go!

Nov 24 @ 5:39PM  
Unless I am buying beer or bait, there is no shopping for this guy on black Friday!!!

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Shopping Tips for Surviving Black Friday