Black Friday Scares Me

It’s coming. One of the most terrifying shopping days of the year starts tomorrow at midnight and there is nothing we can do to stop it. People will flood the stores, fueled by pumpkin pie and pure adrenaline, fighting for deals on electronics and toys and other big-ticket items. Store displays will be knocked over, carts will crash, and credit cards will burst into flames.

Okay, so maybe I’m dramatizing it a little bit. Only a little though.

I went out on Black Friday once, and while I was successful in purchasing a Playstation 3 for my boyfriend, everything else was a bust. I didn’t plan or strategize so I just ended up exhausted, cold and grumpy in a Wal-Mart parking lot at 3 a.m. Never again.

I prefer to do my Black Friday shopping from the comfort of my home with a cup of tea in hand. Many of the in-store deals are available online all weekend long, so I don’t have to worry about freezing my fingers off or getting trampled by a mother with a mission. Of course, I won’t have access to some “door buster” deals, but I’m not in the market for a 50” television or the latest edition of Tickle Me Elmo, so I’m really not missing out on anything.

If you do plan to go experience everything Black Friday has to offer (you’ll get few good stories out of it), then make sure you do two things.

MAKE A PLAN & STICK TO THE PLAN

Know what you need to buy and where you can buy it BEFORE you leave the warmth and comfort of your bed at midnight. My favorite source for Black Friday information is BFAds.net. Almost every Black Friday ad is searchable by store and item. 

Remember: If you weren’t planning to buy it in the first place, it’s not a good deal no matter how deep the discount is. Not on your list? Don’t buy it.

After all the buzz on Friday, don’t forget about Shop Small Saturday. Saturday, November 24, is your opportunity to support local businesses by shopping right in your hometown.

The blog will be on holiday tomorrow but will return Friday with a special video edition of Fresh Baked Friday. I hope everyone has a truly wonderful day of food, family and relaxation. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Kylie K.