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Black Friday Survival Guide

So, are you one of those people that braves the elements for 3 hours to get a real good deal on a TV or computer on Black Friday? Do you get a rush out of going store-to-store to find Suzie the doll she wants and Bobby that video game at half price?  Whether you are a seasoned Black Friday Shopper or a Rookie, here are a few tips to help you survive your shopping experience.  As an FYI – I’m not one of those people but at times, I secretly wish I was.

This list was compiled by seasoned Black Friday Shoppers who also happen to be some of my facebook friends.

Patience and Sense of Humor – if you can’t take both of these with you, you may as well stay home.

Partner in Crime – It’s always more fun to go with someone and share the excitement of that bargain you just got. Plus it’s nice to have someone stand in line while you shop. 

Prep/Research – You need a Game Plan – Research the stores you will be visiting.  Some stores upload maps of their store online and show where all of their Black Friday Specials will be located.  This way you know what time each store opens and exactly where you need to go once inside the store for the big ticket items you are shopping for.

List – Make a list of EVERYTHING you want to get and organize it by store.  Make sure you have the sales circular and any coupons needed for the purchase.   If you want to stay real organized, get an accordion folder that has many slots.  Give each store a slot and put their important information inside.  This way you only have to carry one thing around.  Plus some stores will do price matching and this way you have that information with you.

Supplies – Sticky Notes, Working Pen, Paper – You can easily write down what you still need to get and give someone else a “short” list to go look for while the other stands in line. 

Charged Cell Phone with everyone in your group numbers programmed in it.

Outdoor Waiting – Chairs, Blankets, Hand Warmers to keep you more comfortable.

Clothing – Rain/snow gear if the forecast is calling for it.  Dress in layers so you can easily take off a jacket or sweatshirt.  Comfortable Shoes!

Beverages – You need to be alert and hydrated.  Water, coffee, hot chocolate or soda.

Food – Snacks to keep your energy level up.  Choose nuts, peanut butter or energy bars but if you need a quick fix, chocolate will always work too!

Money – Cash – just in case the machines are running slow or go down.  Credit and/or debit card but make sure you know your limits.

Waiting for you at home – Cold beer and the pizza delivery number or better yet, a foot massager.  Hmmm – better add that to the shopping list. 

Black Friday is only one week away!  What’s on your shopping list?

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5 Responses to “Black Friday Survival Guide”

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    Corinne — November 18, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Kendra, I have to tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your blog. I’ve been reading each day. I’m so impressed that you’ve taken this big step — you’re inspiring. Keep it up! Corinne

    • Kendra replied: — November 18th, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

      Thanks Corinne!

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    Lisa — November 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Your sources really have the Black Friday necessities down! I have gone – with my patience and sense of humor and a partner with the same – and we have a blast making fun of all the grumps. Nothing makes a grump more grumpy than people laughing at them… 😉

    Loving the blog so far!

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    Tiffany Robin — November 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Black Friday has always been a huge tradition in my family. This year will be the first time that I won’t be going 🙁 I have not heard about any deals yet but I am sure there will be some gret deals on electronics. Electronics seem to be the only real “deal” for early birds. The other sales go all day. I may try online shopping this year!?

    • Kendra replied: — November 21st, 2011 @ 6:14 am

      I’ll be doing some online shopping this year too! It’s more my style. No crowds and I can stay in my pjs.