In my family, Black Friday shipping has become somewhat of a tradition. When I was younger, I distinctly remember waking up super early in the AM to catch sales with my mom. Now, the landscape of Black Friday has almost entirely changed, and the times of the sales are very different! Many stores have moved their sales online, and most in-person ones start on Thanksgiving Day. I’m personally not a fan of disrupting dinner for a deal, but I do still enjoy going late on Thursday evening or Friday. After years of Black Friday shopping, I’ve developed a few tips & tricks to manage the madness.
I am one of those crazy people who actually enjoys going out into the madness of Black Friday, but I will admit that many of the best deals have moved online. Last year, I shopped Black Friday deals online for the first year, and I was shocked at how easy it was. I was able to avoid the crowds and score a great deal from the comfort of my parents’ couch.
Plan it Out
The easiest way to manage the craziness of Black Friday is to plan out your shopping. Look at the circulars for your favorite stores before heading out to shop. Also be mindful of lines! Sometimes a Black Friday line can make your shopping experience 2-3 times longer, so it’s important to look at the line before picking out items to buy.
Let’s be honest, you probably aren’t going to be able to walk into Walmart on Friday morning and snag 5 discounted flat screen TVs. If you’re really set on trying to purchase a big ticket item, look at how many a store has on sale and plan accordingly. If you go into the shopping experience with realistic expectations, you’ll have a better time!
My Black Friday Wish List
Here are a few of the deals I am eyeing at this weekend: (disclaimer: affiliate links below!)
- JBL Charge 3 Speaker from Target ($89.99) – I just picked up the JBL Flip 4 Speaker, but this one is an even better deal if you’re in the market for a new speaker!
- 32GB iPad from Target or Walmart ($249.99)
- Pyrex 20 piece glass storage containers from Target ($16.99)
- Black Friday is also a great time to pick up housewares and small appliances, I am in the market for a knife set, mixing bowls, and a Crock Pot. Many stores have these items as doorbusters.
Black Friday shopping can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! If you plan out your trip with realistic expectations, the shopping experience will be much easier. Most of all, enjoy shopping, but more importantly enjoy spending time with your loved ones & friends this holiday season! Best of luck on your Black Friday endeavors!