Black Friday 2012 Shopping Tips

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Black Friday is really creeping up on me early this year. In a few years, Black Friday Deals will start the day after Christmas. That is just how ridiculously early they will start.  Regardless of which winter holidays you celebrate, there are some great upcoming retail and restaurant deals to take advantage of in-stores and online.

Over the past few years, I have written posts on Black Friday Savings Tips, Black Friday Apps, and Black Friday Preparation. My theme remains the same as I don’t usually go in-stores on Black Friday. It’s not worth the risk and stress for me when I can get most of the same deals online from the comfort of my own home.

If you do go in-stores on Black Friday, prepare, prepare, prepare. I can’t stress this enough.

Preparation is the key. Do not go out without a plan of attack. My first Black Friday, I had no plan, no idea what to expect, and thought I could just browse. Uh, big fat wrong. I was seriously walking in circles in some sort of haze trying to figure out what I even wanted to buy.

If you don’t know what you want to buy, just stay home. The people who come out on Black Friday are the shopping ninjas. They will eat you alive. I joke about this but it really isn’t funny when you consider some of the injuries and deaths that have occurred on Black Friday.

Prepare

Preparation is the key. Do not go out without a plan of attack. My first Black Friday, I had no plan, no idea what to expect, and thought I could just browse. Uh, big fat wrong. I was seriously walking in circles in some sort of haze trying to figure out what I even wanted to buy.

If you don’t know what you want to buy, just stay home. The people who come out on Black Friday are the shopping ninjas. They will eat you alive. I joke about this but it really isn’t funny when you consider some of the injuries and deaths that have occurred on Black Friday.

After all my Black Friday shopping negativity, if you still want to brave the waters, I do have some tips that can help you before you head out. Or you can just be like me this year and shop the Black Friday online sales!

Scour the ads before you shop. I have several ad previews with coupon match ups list on my Black Friday Deals Page.

Be sure to price check all the items you want to buy against prices online. I recommend using the Savings Lifestyle Black Friday database.

You may find the online price is not much different than the advertised Black Friday “deal”. Only you can determine if the savings is worth braving the madness!

:: Other Tips

  • If you have a smart phone, you will want to check out my recommended Apps for Black Friday.
  • Prioritize the items on your list. Start at the store where you are going to maximize the most savings.
  • Factor in drive time, finding a parking space, and additional crowds and traffic.

The Morning of Black Friday

Hopefully, you have heeded my advice above about a plan of attack. You need to take that part extremely seriously. I have had two Black Friday #fails because I was too indecisive about what I wanted to purchase or the items I really wanted to buy were out of stock by the time I reached that particular store.

Black Friday morning is starting at midnight at many stores. You will want to dress comfortably with comfortable shoes. Layers work well depending on your weather as it gets hot in the crowded stores but you don’t want to worry about a bulky jacket when you are getting the last Pillow Pet as it will just slow you down.

Keep the kids at home. They will slow you down and you will really lose your sanity. However, you will want to bring a shopping buddy. This is key as you will need someone who can keep you on track, keep your place in line, and have a few laughs.

  • Carry your ads with you in case of a dispute.
  • Stick to your budget. Shop with cash or a prepaid card so you don’t go into the red on Black Friday.
  • Carry a smaller purse with only the necessities.
  • Recharge, refuel, and relax with the free restaurant offers after you have completed your shopping.

In the past, we’ve browsed other smaller stores in the mall after our main shopping and found many unadvertised deals at these stores.

Stay Home

If you don’t want to head out on Black Friday, that’s okay too. Really. You can find some great deals from the comfort of your own home. Many retailers are offering hot online deals all week long, which I have posted on my Black Friday Deals Page and my Cyber Monday Page. Amazon has again already begun their Black Friday deals early and so have many other retailers.

Don’t forgot about all the Daily Deal sites too. Many of these flash event sites will be offering additional discounts on top of their great deals.

If you are planning on doing online shopping, be sure to use a cash back program like Ebates to earn cash back on all your online purchases. This can add up at this time of the year. Plus, you get a $10 bonus when you make your first $25 purchase.

Also, you can search my online coupon code database to find the best coupons for your holiday shopping.

Are you planning on doing Black Friday Shopping in stores or online?

For More Holiday Bargains Bookmark the Hot Holiday Deals Page

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