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Shopping Tips for Surviving Black Friday

posted 11/25/2010 8:04:23 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.

Although this is a repost from last year...I felt it outlined the strategies really well...and gave some wonderful tips on making your Black Friday Shopping Day a big success.

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

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Nov 25 @ 8:15PM  
Here's my tip for Black Friday survival.................................

don't go shopping!!

Not gonna do it here!! It's crazy! They said on the news that people were already camped out at best buy......................... do what!?! And I heard that yesterday! I guess they had a loved one bring them a plate of food out there?

Nov 25 @ 8:23PM  
Pink...don't be such a scaredy cat!

Of course...I don't got to the electronic stores in the early morning hours because I find the geeks to be really aggressive and hateful...which is kind of odd...since they're normally so laid back and quiet.

I save those stores for after 10:00 a.m.

Nov 25 @ 8:30PM  

My Christmas shoping was done weeks ago. All I need do is put up the tree.

Nov 25 @ 8:37PM  
i'm going to stay home, it gets crazy out there

Nov 25 @ 9:34PM  
I worked Black Friday for 13 straight years in the children's department of JC Penney. You could not get me to that mall tomorrow even if you made it a law I had to go. Nothing like having to seperate two women from knock down drag out cat fight over the last 3T pink coat while their children are watching from their strollers. Or catching a teenage girl trying to make off with a bunch of jewelry in the rush at 4am. People go a little crazy at the thought of saving a couple of dollars and I intend to stay out of their way.

Nov 25 @ 9:44PM  
is that Cross Creek Mall RJ??!?!?

Nov 25 @ 10:02PM  
I stay away from stores on Black Friday. Those people are insane!!

Nov 25 @ 10:50PM  
Last year I actually went to Walmart about 5am on Thansgiving morning just to avoid the crowds the next morning on black Friday. So, I paid $100 more on something than I would have if I had wait to get caught in all that mess.

Nov 25 @ 10:54PM  
Here's my tip for Black Friday survival.................................

don't go shopping!!

Or don't celebrate Xmas. I dont think Christ was all for consumerism or camping out in front of Best Buy all week. JMHO.

Nov 26 @ 4:21AM  

they say its the thought that counts... so i thought about it and thats as far as its gonna get

Nov 26 @ 4:30AM  
If I had the money...I would at my closest Wally World.....30 mins to an Hour after they let the fools in!!!!
Its so much easier that way!!! (as stated in a blog this past week!)
Last year they were so took the fun out of watching the Mad shoppers!
Plus they had a plenty of everything!
I still have time....I may just go to people watch!!!!

Nov 26 @ 7:06AM  
Or don't celebrate Xmas. I dont think Christ was all for consumerism or camping out in front of Best Buy all week. JMHO

Well I didn't say I was camping out for it! Fuck that!

I hate when Christ is taken out of Christmas... JMO...!!!

Nov 26 @ 10:08AM  
I don't worry about all that because it's not my thing to chance dodging two ton bullets in the streets and wild people pushing carts in the stores! I'd rather take a chance on ice and snow than shop on Black Friday- and I consider myself a semi-pro driver!


Nov 26 @ 11:23AM  
is that Cross Creek Mall

Sure is. Those military wives on Black Friday let me know they are sending the wrong spouse to fight wars. Just tell them something is 75% off in enemy territory and let them go.

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Shopping Tips for Surviving Black Friday