Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Friday Guide | Game Plan

Do you know what stores you're hitting first on Black Friday? Coming up with a Black Friday "Game Plan" is a great way to cut down on looking for items, and time spent in lines. There are a few things to consider when figuring out where to go at what time, but to make it easier, I'm sharing my Black Friday Game Plan with you all today. 

The first thing you want to do, is figure out what time you want to start shopping. 6 pm is too early for me, so I am planning on getting to stores around 9 pm. This means I'm leaving at 8:30, because traffic might be a mess.

Once you've figured out your start time, you want to make a list of the stores you want to go to, in order from first to last. You'll want to think about which items you want the most, and the liklihood that they are going to sell out fast. Since I'm not shopping for anything too specific, this is my plan:

1. Old Navy- Old Navy is personally one of my favorite stores to go to on Black Friday, because they have great sales on scarves, tank tops, and little items. However, the lines get crazy real fast. They are opening at 4 pm on Thanksgiving. Afraid you're going to miss out on everything? Don't be. They will most likely keep stock in back, and re-stock everything when it gets slow. I mean, they can't be sold out before it's actually Black Friday! I saw this happen last year. Also, by 9 pm, it should be fairly empty.

2. Victoria's Secret- Okay. Honesty Hour. Victoria's Secret never has great Black Friday deals. You get Buy One Get One 50% off certain bra's, and they put out their Christmas gift sets that look like they are marked down but really they're full priced. There are much better deals at their Semi-Anual sale, so I usually save my money for then. The only things I really gravitate toward on Black Friday, are their Yoga Pants/Leggings. Usually they mark them down a bit. Besides that, I'm all set.

3. Walmart- By this time, the crazies trying to get TV's are gone, and I'm a little more willing to see what Walmart has to offer. KEEP IN MIND: Walmart usually has their sales on a schedule. Very sneaky, Walmart. If you remember seeing the item you wanted cheaper in the Ad, ask about it! It might be on sale later. I've had this happen twice.

4. Ulta- This is my last store I hit before I take a nap. Ulta has great stocking-stuffer deals, and usually there are some pretty neat bonus deals you can get just from buying certain holiday items. Booyah!

By this point, it should be about 1 am. Usually I'll go home and hop in bed for a power nap. Then comes shopping part 2.

I'll get up at 5:30 and head to the mall. My particular mall opens at 6 am this year. This is when I'll go to Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Rue 21, Urban Outfitters, and all those fun stores. 

Next I might check out the aftermath of Macy's and JCPenney's, and then I'll go to Kohl's. Usually I'm not looking for anything particular when I go to these stores, so I don't mind going a while after they open. 

Lastly I'll go to TJ Maxx and Marshall's, and maybe scope out a few other stores. I might run in to Old Navy and Victoria's Secret to see if they've re-stocked, and then I go home, eat a turkey lunch, and sleep.

Do you have a Game Plan? I'd love to hear about it if you do!

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