The very mention of black friday makes some people shudder. There is good reason. People get trampled, pushed down, punched, wait in lines in hours in the cold, all so they can get the best stuff for the lowest prices. I once had a much older woman than me hit me with a shopping art over a heavy winter jacket. It gets crazy out there. So how can we conquer the stress and still save? Good question!
My first piece of advice to conquer the madness is to shop the pre-sales. Beginning around the first of November stores start having great sales. Amazon has their lightening deals of the day, Walmart has their early bird online specials, Target's cartwheel app has 50% toys every day from 11/1-12/24, which you can read more about in my previous post. Last year walmart also did a pre black friday price match the 3 day before black friday. Those 3 days the price matched the black friday ads for Target and best buy. You didn't even need the ad, the price match items were tagged in store. I was able to get Skylanders Swap Force for my son for $37.50 and didn't have to go to Target thanksgiving night to get it! No word yet if they will do it this year, but fingers crossed. Shopping these pre-sales can help save money, and they keep you from having to brave the crowds, and from losing sleep, to get the good deals.
Another nice alternative to black friday is cyber monday. Cyber is the black friday of online shopping. For me, it's even better because it can be done in my pj's, with my cup of coffee in my hand. No lines, no crowds, no old ladies with shopping carts. The items I want are still on sale, and the come right to my door. Sometimes I can even save shipping costs and have them shipped to my local store.
In the end, when it comes to black friday sales I ask myself one important question. Is the item I want worth saving a few bucks for to go out on Thanksgiving or early friday morning to get? Will it really be that horrible to pay a few dollars more? If the answer is no, I stay home.
For more black friday tips, and some sneak peak at the leaked ads, check out www.doorbusters.net
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