Black Friday Shopping Strategy

Best Buy #281 - The Night Before 'Black Friday'

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Are you ready for the holiday shopping season?  Probably not, if you are anything like me, but we don’t have a choice.  The holidays are here, so it’s time to start preparing a holiday shopping strategy. Yes, I said “strategy,” and I mean it.

Black Friday is not just the day after Thanksgiving anymore.  Some stores open on Thanksgiving Day proper, while some stores have deals online.  I am a veteran observer (not participant, if possible) in the Black Friday festivities.  I’d like to share some ways that mapping out a strategy can save you some pretty serious cash this holiday season.

Black Friday Tips

  • Prepare, prepare, prepare:  know what you want, and where you want to get it
  • Think about distance, traffic, store opening times, and general logistics
  • Be prepared to cross things off your list due to unavailability, impossible lines, traffic, etc.
  • Have a “gift importance” ranking system
  • Have on-the-ground and online searching in process simultaneously
  • Be aware:  Lots of deals go online at midnight EST Thanksgiving Day, and they come and go all day Thursday and Friday
  • Have the proper “scape” in your car:  don’t buy one toy that takes up the whole trunk, making it necessary for you to return home out after your first stop
  • Have the necessities:  wear comfortable shoe, charge the cell phone, and hit lots of Starbucks

Rumored deals are starting to appear online already.  Here are some of my favorite online resources for getting ready for Black Friday.

Good luck, and happy hunting – wherever your shopping takes you.  Leave a comment if you find a great deal that you’d like to share.

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