For some hardcore shoppers, and even frugal people, Black Friday, or the day after Thanksgiving, is the best day of the year to get out and shop.
While I have never been a hardcore black Friday shopper, almost every year I find several gifts for people in my family at really good prices on black Friday. I am not the sort of person to go wait in line at a store at 2 a.m. to catch the door busters (where stores usually only have a very limited supply), but I do get up early on occasion to pick up a few gifts.
Over the last few years, several online sites have made planning your Christmas shopping early even easier by posting sale ads for black Friday ahead of time, which allows you to peruse the ads before Thanksgiving day and plan your Christmas shopping even earlier than you might be able to otherwise. Even more recently, some stores offer the same deals online, which can save you from getting up early and gas money!
Where to find Black Friday deals ahead of time
Slickdeals Black Friday Forums- A great destination for discussion, speculation, where to find certain or hard to find items, etc. Check out the index of already released Black Friday ads for ads that have already been released or posted for Black Friday sales.
Black Friday Ads- Another site listing black Friday and pre-black Friday sales, in an easy to read blog type format.
Blackfriday.info- My fellow PF blogger PT from Prime Time Money turned me on to blackfriday.info, which has a neat list of black Friday ads and a whole list of retailers with pending ads, so you can quickly scan which ads have been released and which have not.
Remember to shop wisely if you venture out on Black Friday, so you don’t end up working yourself into a shopping frenzy like the retailers want you to.
- Make a list and stick to it
- Don’t fall for the hype-while many things may be great deals, others are not-know what you are buying
- Get what you went for, and get out-too much shopping can be tempting!
Share your experiences- Are you going out on Black Friday? Do you do it regularly? Where do you usually find the best deals?
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