The mere term invokes both feelings of dread as well as feelings of elation in Moms everywhere. As for this Mom, any opportunity to save $$ is a plus. And if you’re like me, you probably don’t sleep much anyway, so what’s another evening without sleep? If you are going to attempt to shop in the next 48 hours, I’m here to help! These are my time-tested, no fail tips for shopping Thursday night and Friday morning. Follow along in real time by checking out the hash tag #JMBBF2014 and our Instagram page!
DOWNLOAD A BLACK FRIDAY APP
My favorite this year so far has been Fat Wallet’s Black Friday app for the iPhone. It allows you to add an item from any ad on the app to your favorites and you can compare prices from different stores for the same item. Digital Trends rated the top ten Black Friday apps, you can check it out here!
REVIEW THE ADS IN ADVANCE
I cannot stress this enough. Know what you are going to buy and where it is located in the store. Walmart has perfected this in years past with downloadable pdf maps of each individual store with deal locations are clearly marked.
DO NOT GRAB A SHOPPING CART
Shopping carts just slow you down. Bring the biggest reuasable shopping bag(s) you own. I have a few IKEA bags that are perfect for this. If you are after a big item such as a TV, bring someone with you. That person’s one job is to obtain the TV.
DO NOT SHOP IN A GROUP
There is no time for chit-chat at Black Friday sales. This is serious business. It is ok (and probably safer) to shop with a buddy (especially if they are grabbing a shopping cart to buy the TV). If you are with a friend, both of you change your ringers to that very annoying Alarm sound (on iPhones). It is loud, obvious, and you are guaranteed to hear it over all the commotion.
DO NOT BRING YOUR HUSBAND
He will just try and talk you out of buying things. (Hey, you can always return it or sell it on eBay!)
I must say, in all my years Black Friday shopping, I have never witnessed any rudeness, and I have been everywhere from Walmart on Normandy to Toys ‘R’ Us at the Town Center. I like to think our southern manners have something to do with that.
Remember, Thanksgiving begins the Holiday season, arguably every Mom’s favorite time of year. I guarantee that while we are hunting for the perfect gift for our sugarplums, the gift they give us everyday in the form of wet kisses and tight hugs are better than anything on the shelves this Black Friday.