My 2013 Black Friday Recap

This years Black Friday (or should I say “Black Thanksgiving”) was a little different than past years. Every year I have noticed a trend; the time stores open is earlier and earlier every year. With this change in opening times, I have seen a decline in the amount of people in stores after midnight (the original Black Friday opening time). This post will talk about my experience from this Black Friday and how I planned to score the deals.

Be Organized

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This year my boyfriend and his family planned to go Black Friday shopping together. To start the evening the whole family sat down after Thanksgiving dinner and reviewed the countless ads that were in the newspaper. We went through each store’s ad, taking notes on the best sales that appealed to us individually or possible Christmas gifts. My boyfriend wrote down each store and the best sales at each one. The list was pretty impressive. We went through the list and decided what we were for sure getting from each store. This helped us narrow down the list of stores to 5.

Wait to Shop

Black Friday lines wrap around buildings.

The next thing we figured out was the time to head out to the stores. Some stores were opening at 6 p.m., and we did not want to wait in long lines outside the stores. Also, it didn’t feel right going shopping so early on Thanksgiving. We headed out to the stores at 10 p.m. and were relieved to find a lack of people in the stores. We quickly found the items we wanted from each of the stores and enjoyed a speedy checkout.

Results

We finished shopping at 3 a.m. and ended up purchasing most of the items we had in mind before the trip. In all it was a successful trip because it was organized and planned ahead prior to leaving.

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