Nov 25, 2014

Sallie & Perkins {Guide to Black Friday}


Hi, everyone! We'll cut right to the chase today-- we know everyone's got Thanksgiving and short work weeks on their minds and we can't blame you. The holiday season is here and we're pumped! But as a couple of nerds who love talking about money, we couldn't let Black Friday come and pass without passing along our oh-so-helpful tips ;)

Plus, Sallie got some new glasses courtesy of GlassesShop and couldn't wait to show you her new look. Aren't they perfect for the holidays?? Lightweight, stylish and fun! You can find her frames here, or shop anywhere on their site for great deals and tons of options.


Without further adieu, Sallie & Perkins's Helpful Black Friday information:

1. If there are multiple store options in your area- try to choose the less convenient one. If there's a Best Buy right off an exit, and a Best Buy 8 miles off an exit go to the one further away. Less crowds (even though yes, it will still be crowded) and you have less competition for some of those limited number items.

2. Park far away! Honestly, it'll save you time getting in and out of the stores and shopping malls. Besides, you need to burn off some Thanksgiving dinner calories anyway ;)

3. Carry a small purse/bag/wristlet. If you're like me, my purses are large and in-charge at all times. But not on Black Friday. I try to manage with just a wristlet to put my cards, ID and even a list if necessary in. That way your hands are free to push a cart or carry items. Also, remember how it's going to be crowded? You don't need a purse acting as an additional human! There will be plenty shoulder bumping as-is.

4. This might be a no-brainer, but check out your store's map ahead of time. Most big stores will show you the store layout online and let you know where the big items will be set up. If you're on the hunt for a TV or that one specific "hot" toy, you better know where to head first. Once you get the "must buy" you can backtrack and scope out other smaller deals, but get the goods first! You don't want to find yourself in a Jingle All the Way scenario without a Turbo Man.

5. Once you know what stores you'll be hitting up, download their mobile app if you don't have it already. You can access those stores maps we were talking about, and often there will be additional coupons available too! Another great app to have? ShopSavvy will let you know if you're getting the best deal or not. Just scan a barcode and it'll pull up any prices from nearby stores! I do this with Amazon too sometimes, to check that I can't get it cheaper that way.

6. Leave kiddos at home. Seriously people--- I'm sorry, but why on earth would you drag your 5 year old at midnight, or 4am, or whatever time you might get in line?! They might seem excited at first to be out past bedtime, having a good time with mom or dad- but let's face it. They aren't going to last long on their feet and in a crowded store, you don't want to have to stress about keeping track of them. 

7. Load up on the caffeine beforehand. You're going to be shopping amidst the crazies, so you need to keep your energy up. Grab that soda pop or dark roast coffee and get pumped up! Shopping counts as cardio today.

And if you just don't want to brave the chaos and the crowds? Cyber Monday is just as good ;) So let's hear it- who will be out shopping and who will be hiding safely in their house? What's the best Black Friday deal you've ever snagged?

21 comments:

  1. I will be shopping at my kitchen table in my pajamas...unless there is an amazing deal. It has been a few years since I have gone out on Black Friday.

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  2. I will be staying home!! I worked retail for 12 years that as enough for me,however Brad may go out and get a few things...Walmart is going to have iPad minis for $199

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  3. No shopping for us! Those that are venturing out --- good luck!
    Happy Thanksgiving

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  4. I have never gone out on a black friday since I have lived here, but this year my husband wants a playstation 4, so .... I'm sure it won't be that bad, right? haha. I'm all about the online shopping.

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  5. I'll be shopping online Thursday as most of those deals are just as good AND live before Black Friday... although I may head out to Staple because they're having $99 laptops and my son really wants one for Christmas. As much as I hate to go out, I can't resist at that price!

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  6. Black Friday is slowly coming to the UK but I think mostly online at present. I would rather pass on a deal than go crazy like some people do.

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  7. These are great tips! I probably won't be going out super early or anything, although it is fun to go out later in the afternoon and just enjoy shopping for Christmas!

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  8. I'm just reallllllllllllly hoping there are some amazing cyber Monday deals because we are going to Eric's parents for the weekend... and they have zero shopping in their tiny, po dunk town. Seriously!!

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  9. Sallies new glasses are HAWT!!!!!! ;) I have no idea what our plan is for Black Friday. I assume Caleb and I will go out, per usual...but I'm hoping I can REALLY score on Cyber Monday from work/home! That should be a holiday too ;)

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  10. I typically peruse online. I'm upstate so we aren't really near any big stores up there, but we do hit up small local shops!

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  11. I'm definitely not venturing out this year. I have the last few Black Fridays and I always regret it. Too crazy for me. Cyber Monday, on the other hand, is something I can handle. The bad news? I always seem to buy things for myself. Oops.

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  12. I will be out shopping! It is mine and my mom's thing...every year we get out with the crazies and shop for like 18 hours straight! We usually look at the ads after Thanksgiving dinner and map out our plan. I hate that stores are opening during our dinner this year, we will miss out on most of the doorbusters because family first! I use retailmenot to look up deals too! Sometimes they have some that others don't.

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  13. My mom and I started a tradition a couple of years ago of going out at midnight to the Target and Kohls right across the highway from her. The only reason we keep it up is because the stores rarely get crowded, there are no lines to get in (though the Kohls check-out line was a little nutty one year) and we have yet to sustain any injuries :) also I'm only down to go at midnight because I'm a night-owl and would be up anyway — no waking up for 5 a.m. shopping for me, thanks. Great tips!

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  14. I had my first Black Friday experience 2 years ago- never again! Any shopping I do from here on out will be from the comfort of my couch!

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  15. black friday. . . I can't even. I would rather pay full price than deal with all of the people. Have fun and score some great deals. I'll be home making lefse with the family.

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  16. aaaaaaha, black friday. every year i go, and every year it is nuts. i do not venture out until friday though because whyyyy are places open on thanksgiving?!?! i am boycotting that. also, i mainly came here to say: TURBO MANNN. most underrated holiday movie ever.

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  17. I have never black Friday shopped...I just don't want to deal with the people.

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  18. I used to ALWAYS do Black Friday. I think those days are over. Sleep is too valuable as an old person, and escp as a mom! Cyber Monday is still definitely on the table though. CAN'T WAIT, and I don't even need anything haha.

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  19. I never understand people Black Friday shopping with their children. I always think why???? And it's so cold, and they hate shopping anyway!

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