Continuing on with my collaboration with Kmart we’re going to talk about a ton of ways to make the most of Black Friday. Black Friday is the Friday that follows Thanksgiving, and it’s also the official start of the holiday shopping season. Black Friday is all about deals, bargains, and sales, and that’s something I can fully get behind because, as you know, saving money is my thing.
I had a chance to ask Heather, someone who has been shopping on Black Friday for the last 7 years, what advice she would give to new Black Friday shoppers. She says, “Be prepared with a list of what you want to get, and stay calm when crazy people are near. Also, go in groups so 1 person can finish shopping while the other stands in line.” She said that the best deal she ever got on Black Friday was on an Xbox, and that “the best deals are usually on electronics but clothes and boots are always cheaper on Black Friday too!”
17 Ways to Make the Most of Black Friday
1. Create Your Gift-Shopping List
I’ve mentioned this before but it’s such an important part of saving money around the holidays that I’ve got to mention it again. Planning ahead is absolutely vital when you’re buying for the holidays. Write out who you’re going to buy for, what you’re going to get them, and be sure to have alternatives in mind in case the item(s) you want are sold out.
2. Decide on a Holiday Shopping Budget
Again, super important. You don’t want to be hating life as you stare at an empty bank account come December 26th. Saving money = good. Spending all the money = not good. We know this.
3. Do Your Research
Know the hours of the Black Friday sale, and when the items you want to buy, in particular are going on sale since some items go on sale at different times then others. Also, do some research online to see if you need to get in line early or if there are likely to be people camping out.
4. Check both online and paper ads
5. Combine the deals you find with coupons to save TONS
Take advantage of all the printable coupons that you can.
6. Look on Social Media
Check out the social media pages to find out about deals that may not be advertised through the traditional methods. Twitter is one of the absolute best places to find out about not as widely known sale info.
7. Make a Plan
If you can, go to the store ahead of time. Ask the sales attendants where the items you want to buy will be at since some of the items might not be in their standard location because of different promotional displays. Then, draw out a quick layout of the store, marking the path you’re going to take the morning of Black Friday.
8. Ask the Sales Attendants for Insider Info
Okay, so while you’re talking with the staff at the store about where the items will be on Black Friday also ask them if they know about any unadvertised deals. This is the thing, the staff gets info about deals way ahead of everyone else because they have to plan the displays. Be nice and friendly, and they just might spill some extra money-saving beans.
9. Get Familiar with Price-Matching
You just might be able to get an even better deal if you know what the competition is offering.
10. Bring a Friend along to Black Friday
Friends just make things more fun, in general, but you can also totally help each other out with different things like, holding each other’s spot in line if you end up having to wait outside and one of you needs to go to the bathroom, and so you can each take different paths right when you get into the store so you can both grab the items you each want. Divide and conquer!
11. Unexpected Deals
There are often tons of deals that are not as widely advertised (or not advertised at all) because the bigger-ticket items like TV’s and electronics usually get the most attention. This is where your gift-shopping list comes in handy because you might see something for someone that you didn’t expect to come across.
12. Go to Bed Early the Night Before Black Friday
You want to be sure you not only can wake up at the butt-crack of dawn, but that you also have the energy to deal with the crowds.
13. Sleep in the Clothes You Plan on Wearing in the Morning
This will ensure that you will be able to leave your house super quick in the early morning.
14. Set out Your Jacket and Warm Weather Gear the Night Before
You’ll want to be sure to bring along a hat, gloves, and warm clothes in case you have to wait outside in the early morning hours. Plan on wearing layers so you can shed the warmth, as needed.
15. Bring a Backpack to Keep Your Supplies In
Your supplies: shopping list, water, snacks, pen, money, cell phone. A backpack is better than a purse on Black Friday because you want to be able to keep your hands free.
16. Bring the Coupons/Documents/Advertisements that Show the Sale Price
It probably won’t happen but it’s ideal to have these handy in case there’s any confusion when your item(s) get rung up.
17. Don’t Leave Your Cart Unattended
Things can get competitive on Black Friday, and you don’t want your hard-earned goods to get swiped. This is also where bringing along a friend can come in handy. That way you can look out for each other.
You can get a head start on the deals, in-store, at Kmart beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day through midnight on Black Friday. And did you know that Black Friday has now morphed into Black Week? Yup. It’s now an additional 5 days longer. Even better news? If you love your sleep just as much as you love a good deal (I’m raising my hand over here), you don’t even have to leave your house to take part in the advance Black Friday deals. If you’re a Kmart Shop Your Way member you can shop online starting at 5 a.m. on Saturday, November 22nd through 11:59 p.m. on November 23rd.
Do you shop on Black Friday? If so, what are some of your tips?
This is a sponsored post, and I am a Kmart K-Club blogger. But, as always, my opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help to make this site possible! xo, Anna