After working in retail for 10+ years, I still wake up in cold sweats thinking about the dreaded day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday. (Fun Fact: Contrary to popular belief, that’s actually not the biggest shopping day of the year… the Saturday before Christmas is. As a last minute shopper, I can’t say that I’m surprised.) But if you are a glutton for punishment and willing to battle the crowds for some great deals, you can save yourself a little hassle by being prepared.
Make a list. Fighting the crowds will be much easier if you have a game plan. Know where you are going and what you are looking for. And hopefully you won’t have to tackle someone for the last Cabbage Patch Doll. (My mom still tells me this story 25 years later…)
Do your research. Check out Black-Friday.net for leaked copies of store ads. You can sign up for their email updates and be notified when new store ads become available. Walgreens ad was released today, and while there aren’t many items on my gift giving list, there are some great household deals. Although, I could get my brother-in-law toilet paper… I’m sure he would appreciate it.
Start early, if you can. Yes, Walmart usually opens their doors around 5a, which is ridiculous in my opinion, but I can tell you, by the time 11a rolls around, parking lots are going to be jam packed and your patience is going to be wearing thin. So, if there is something that you have on your “must buy” list, it might be worth finding someone to stay at home with the kids while you run to the store. Then you can bring donuts home for breakfast!
Happy (Deal) Hunting!