Tomorrow is Thanksgiving which means lots of family, delicious food, and turkey induced comas. The day after that is Friday though, which means very early mornings, crazy crowds, and the best deals of the year. It also means we’re already thinking about Christmas gifts around here. Ever since college I’ve been braving the crowds on Black Friday even if there isn’t anything specific on my list.
Our first year married we took advantage of Black Friday sales to get our first camera, Daniel (yes, we name our cameras). Another memorable year we shut off the early morning alarm completely and meandered out of the apartment and to the mall sometime around 1 pm. Turns out, there were still plenty of sales going on and not very many people. Our best Black Friday deal has to be our $1 DVDs (I think they constitute at least half our meager movie collection…and Harry Potter for $1? that was worth the sleep deprivation on its own). We always like looking through the ads together, even if we have no intention of buying any of the big ticket items 🙂
According to this infographic, I’m the newbie, because this year I’m not even sure if we’re doing much Black Friday shopping at all (the whole being in another state with an airplane between us and home puts a slight damper on the shopping prospects). But in the past, these are a few things that have made quite a big difference in the enjoyment of Black Friday shopping:
- Have an itinerary: We don’t always have a specific shopping list but we do always know the stores we want to go to.
- Have people in mind: Yes, you can stand in line for one of the twenty super cheap flat screens they’re giving away or try and get one of the limited edition speakers for your brother, but I’ve found it’s a lot more fun to have the people I want to get gifts for on a list rather than the things. It means I enjoy looking through the options and don’t get stressed if I don’t get a certain deal.
- Break for food: I don’t survive to well with no nutrients and I’ve found I’m a much happier shopper if I take a break a few hours in for a bagel and hot chocolate (or something).
- Don’t spend all day: As much as we like Black Friday shopping, it isn’t enough to give up a full day of a short vacation.
- Consider Cyber Monday: When they’re brands I already know and love (and I don’t have to worry about sizing) Cyber Monday means I can skip all the craziness and shop from the comfort of my couch.
- Check out early Black Friday sales: Some stores are getting a jump on the deals and dropping their prices earlier than usual. For example, you can check out Office Depot’s lowest prices ever here.
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