Black Friday Survival Guide

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I have a confession to make: I never went black Friday shopping until I was 20. In fact, I didn’t even know what Black Friday was until my boyfriend explained it to me hours before going. I’m not sure how I managed to not know what Black Friday is for my entire young adult life (I’m sure my mom had something to do with this), but it’s possible I’m just that oblivious. Since that time, I’ve gone out on many a Black Friday, usually as an afterthought, but sometimes for a giveaway or for a few gifts and I’ve learned a bit about what I like to call Black Friday strategy which brings me to today’s post topic. If you plan on venturing out on Black Friday (the day or the weekend – both are insane), then you’ll want to read on for my tried and true tips for how to survive the craziness!


Black Friday Survival Guide 

Outline A Game Plan.

When it comes to any kind of crazy shopping events, you’ll want to have a plan if you hope to get anything done. Make a budget, make a list of all the items (or kinds of items) you are looking to pick up. Write down exact prices (or price range). Then, categorize all the items by whichever stores you plan to go to. For instance, if you want to purchase a coffee maker at Target, give Target it’s own column and put the items you’re looking to buy under that with their prices. Add the prices of all the items up to make sure you stay within budget. I recommend you take cash only and leave your cards at home to avoid over-spending, but that’s your call to make. I also recommend that you number the stores you want to visit from 1 to whatever, 1 being the first place you go and so on. For instance, I know that Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart are, by far, the most insane places to go on Black Friday so if you want to go those places first (or last), make a note of that on your paper. Or, you know, don’t go to those places until next week. Whatever.

Do NOT Go Alone.

Seriously, take at least one other person with you. This person is your life line, your wing man, if you will. This person will help you avoid danger, keep you sane and hold you back from punching that obnoxious old lady in the face, and hopefully help you laugh off all the craziness that happens. They’ll hold your coffee while you pay for your goods. On the same note, avoid taking your children as it’s so crowded it’s bound to be too stressful for them and people don’t care if they knock your kid over which, yes, is horrible so I advise you leave them at home with a sitter if you want to go out.

Caffeine Is A Must.

I swear, Black Friday has a way of making me feel instantly exhausted. I’m sure it has something to do with the thousand-mile long lines that accumulate so if you plan on standing in them, make sure you have caffeine on hand! You can go through a Starbucks drive-thru, if you like, but I recommend making your own almond milk latté and then just bringing your own thermos of it with you. It’s easier, the coffee will stay hot in your bag or car and you’ll save on spending to much while you’re out.

Realize that It’s Just Stuff.

Don’t be that guy (or girl) that loses their mind over not getting what they want. You have to realize that, at the end of the day, it’s all just stuff you don’t really need. Sure, you could get some good deals on gifts or a TV, but really, there will be other deals. It’s not the end of the world and certainly not worth stabbing someone (or getting stabbed) over. If you happen to live in another country and you’re reading this, yes that sometimes happens, but it’s pretty rare (unless you live in the hood). If, like me, you live / lived in the ghetto, avoid Wal-Mart at all costs. You don’t need a toaster that badly.

Laugh About It.

Take a moment to observe how insane it all is. Check out the crazies running for something as ridiculous as a printer and enjoy the moment. Laugh with your friends about the stupid crowds or the insane moms who showed up to brawl over the latest LE barbie. I promise this event is not worth being stressed out, strung out, or pissed off over.

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Quick Black Friday Shopping Tips

  1. Establish A Budget.
  2. Make A List of Items You Want, complete with prices and where to find them.
  3. Plan Ahead.
  4. Stick to Your Budget!
  5. Go with Friends.
  6. Enjoy Warm Beverages.
  7. Stay Warm.
  8. If All Else Fails, Avoid the Lines by Shopping Online!

Will You Be Going Black Friday Shopping this Year?

What Tips and Tricks Do You Swear By?


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20 thoughts on “Black Friday Survival Guide

  1. November 20, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    IThanks for the laugh, love the I know a few people here who cross the border for black friday (it’s only 1h drive to big US shopping center) but I’m happy enough shopping on-line if I need something!
    We also have a local Black Friday here. And all the small local business have a sale, which is really cool. That way we get to support small locally owned businesses and still get a bargain 🙂
    In France we used to have sales only twice a year (it’s still supposed to be the case, but retailers now offer discounts more often) and I remember my stepmum used to go to one particular store before it even opened lol
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    1. November 20, 2015 at 12:56 PM

      me too! Glad it made you laugh 🙂 I know, I prefer online shopping, but sometimes it’s fun just to go out and see the insane crowds – not to buy anything lol. That’s really cool you guys have a local Black Friday where you can support small businesses! How cool 🙂 People camp out at some stores here in the USA – I don’t get it, but people totally do it lol.

  2. November 20, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Great list! I am feeling a little more prepared now!

    1. November 20, 2015 at 1:28 PM

      thanks Kristen! I’m glad you found it helpful 😀

  3. November 20, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    I can’t believe how insane black Friday has gotten! My mom, my sisters, and I used to just go to Target really early in the morning when it opened. Now, it opens on Thanksgiving Day, it’s crazy!

    xx katie // a touch of teal

    1. November 23, 2015 at 9:49 AM

      I know – it’s just crazy now! I love Target, but it’s a freaking zoo on BF lol I just can’t.

  4. November 21, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    You are too funny! Good advice though. Cheers.
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    1. November 23, 2015 at 9:55 AM

      Thanks Susie! Glad you liked my post haha 🙂 Stay safe and happy this Thanksgiving! xx

  5. Chelsie
    November 21, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    I never went black friday shopping until I got into college. Now it’s one of my husband’s and I favorite traditions to do! We always make a list of the things we want, save up our money for it and wait in line and have a blast talking to other people. I would never go alone; it’s too crazy!
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    1. November 23, 2015 at 9:57 AM

      I’m glad I’m not the only one haha. Sounds like you guys have a fun time – stay safe and have fun! Happy thanksgiving ♥

  6. December 3, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Ha! I love your e-cards! Thanks for sharing this on #trafficjamweekend.
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    1. December 3, 2015 at 1:19 PM

      Haha thanks Kimberly 🙂 It was fun writing this post. Black Friday can be insane so I try to take it all with a grain of salt.

  7. November 4, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Love this article. My wife and I went Black Friday shopping for the first time several years ago. Its kinda like Disney World. Exciting but frantic, perhaps even violent, and everyone needs to experience it at least once.

    1. November 8, 2016 at 9:31 AM

      thanks Matt! I didn’t experience Black Friday until I was 20 and I really enjoyed the experience, though it can be kind of crazy. I think I prefer shopping online these days, but it’s certainly something I think people should experience at least once haha. thanks for stopping by!

  8. November 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Great post! It really has become such a thing, even in Canada.

  9. November 11, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    I never went shopped that much on Black Friday in my life either because it is so chaotic! I usually do my shopping before or after Black Friday. If I do shop it is online! But these are great tips for shopping in general too!

    1. November 22, 2016 at 1:15 PM

      it is so crazy haha! No joke. I love online shopping for that reason, but it’s an experience to do it in person and I think everyone should try it at least once!

  10. November 16, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Great tips! I went Black Friday shopping once with my sister years ago when her kids were little. I remember standing in line in a cold parking lot waiting for Toys ‘R Us to ope. The craziness that ensued made me vow never to go shopping on Black Friday again (at least not first thing in the morning)! Thanks for linking up with me On the Edge!


    1. November 22, 2016 at 2:49 PM

      haha yeah Black Friday is kind of terrifying to me. The first time I went and went to the local mall, I was shocked by how insanely rude people are. There are a lot of foreigners who come from other countries, apparently, just to get the shopping deals and so a lot of people don’t understand personal space. There are so many uncomfortable things to piss you off on Black Friday lol. I prefer shopping online, but if you must go, I hope these tips help people 😛 have a great Thanksgiving!

  11. November 21, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Great tips! I’m so glad Cyber Monday has become a thing so that I can avoid Black Friday craziness! And I also like to go crazy at after Xmas sales, too, since I usually have gift cards to use.

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