Black Friday Shopping Tips


Bargain shoppers, if you are getting ready for the annual  “Midnight Madness” shopping or the 3 am Kohl’s Black Friday sale, I salute you.  For those of you gearing up this week’s shopping sale and doorbuster specials, here are a few tips.

  • Check the Store circulars, The Recessionista’s  real time posts  and www.theblackfriday.com website for the best deals. Make your list from the circulars and websites. Do the Doorbusters first (4 am to 5 am) then move on to the rest.
  • Check your email before heading to the store, or from the store on your “crackberry” or other device. The stores are still e-mailing discount codes and posting to their Facebook groups with special deals.
  • Have a look at the news on Twitter using the hashtag #blackfriday. Many of the retailers will be tweeting.
  • Form your own team Recessionista. In the past, my sister-in-law and I have traded off various sections in the stores to get the Doorbusters. She goes for toys, I go for fashion/clothing.

Then next challenge is what to wear on the journey. Here are some things to think about. Some of the challenges a Black Friday shopper faces include:

  • Going from cold temperatures outside to warm temperatures inside
  • Trying on clothing efficiently
  • Weaving your way through an overcrowded store
  • Comfort for long hours

To help you survive, here are a few suggestions:

  • Dressing in layers is the key to holiday shopping success. Get ready to wear take off sweaters and jackets in store. This will make it easy to stay cool in the store and warm in the parking lot.
  • Wearing a puffy vest frees up your arms – easier to push the cart, reach for deals. You’re also not trying to fight your way through a crowd in an oversized jacket.
  • A slim fitting tank is a great piece to wear when out shopping. It layers well and is great for trying on blouses, jackets, blazers and more….just in case you spot that perfect holiday gift for yourself.
  • Shoes are the key to staying comfortable for the entire shopping day. (Tip: check out the shoes at Kohl’s for numerous options from slip-ons to flats.) My niece wears her Sketchers and I have been known to wear my PJ Clarks.
Pictured: Sketcher’s comfy Mary Janes, available at Kohl’s on sale.

  • Just because you’re up early, it doesn’t mean you have to look like it – some foundation, mascara and lip gloss goes a long way.
  • Don’t let bedhead rule you! Wear a cute hat or scarf around the head. H&M, Kohl’s Simply Vera and Kmart’s Jaclyn Smith (even a French Beret) offer chic n’ cheap chapeaus.

Remember, float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. Swarm in early for the savings, get in, be safe and get home to go back to bed. Don’t spend all day at the mall buying stuff you don’t need, that wasn’t on the list.

P. S.: Try not to waste precious time in the mall lot looking for parking close to the storefront. This eats up doorbuster time. Just park it and go!

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4 Comments

  1. Pearls&PoliticsNovember 23, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    ah, such great tips!
    I will definitely not be getting up nor going shopping for Black Friday!

  2. Pearls&PoliticsNovember 23, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    ah, such great tips!
    I will definitely not be getting up nor going shopping for Black Friday!

  3. ~Tropi-Ties SwimwearNovember 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    Great tips. May I add a couple more?

    Check the store's website before you go out and brave the crowds. A lot of times they will offer “online only” deals and fast delivery.

    Also, be sure to check for the online store's coupon codes. they usually post them somewhere on the site. If not, just do a quick serch for them. These codes can save you big money!

    Just my 2 cents. :)

    ~ C.

  4. wholesaleDecember 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Wearing a puffy vest frees up your arms – easier to push the cart, reach for deals.