How to survive Black Friday sales

Black Friday is just around the corner, and everyone is preparing to strike some sort of deal. And it is called Black Friday for a reason. Black is the same color of death. Ironic much? Although I do not participate in Black Friday, they do offer several deals for all of you bargain hunters.

I did some research, and according to, $12.3 billion was spent in store sales last year for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. If you want to be a part of that statistic this year, you need to have a game plan, and I’m going to help you write your Black Friday playbook.

Black Friday is when you want to buy items that you would not be able to afford on a daily basis. So if I were you, I would go for electronics first. If you are looking for great deals in this area, I would hit up Best Buy and Wal-Mart. Best Buy for TVs, tablets and laptops. Check out Wal-Mart for Beats by Dre and DVD players. Fun fact: Best Buy has Apple MacBook Pro’s for $899.99, originally $1,099. They also have $75 off of the iPad Mini 3 and $100 off the iPad Air 2. As for TV’s, Best Buy is offering a Panasonic 50” for $199.99 instead of $549.99. Beats by Dre are a door buster at Wal-Mart, being offered for $149 instead of $279. Wal-Mart is also offering several deals on video games during Black Friday. If you can, try to go and satisfy your electronic needs first, because statistics say that those are the items that usually go first.

Although electronics are a huge perk of Black Friday, a lot of women also will be staking out the malls for the hottest upcoming trends. If you plan on shopping, check out your local mall after you buy electronics. Several department stores offer great deals this time of year and this is a good time to buy some of those Christmas presents. I decided to go with the typical department stores located in the majority of malls across America. Macy’s is going to be the best place to shop if you are at the mall. Not only can you sign up for text coupons, but they are also giving coupons that offer 10% off $25 purchases and 20% off of $50 purchases. They also are offering several deals for small kitchen appliances; most of them are $7.99 to $9.99, originally $29.99. If you are looking for great deals and coupons that offer an additional discount, Macy’s employees will usually offer you coupons to help knock that price down even more.

We see moms go from making dressing to pushing someone in the dressing room on Black Friday. Although Black Friday is known for its chaos and rushing, I encourage you to take your time and actually see if the items you are buying are worth it. This is a great time of year to go ahead and buy extra phone chargers and DVD’s. Don’t make a rookie mistake and be ill prepared. Dress comfy, but please don’t end up being one of the people featured on Keep it classy, Huntsville. Also, we don’t want to see your mug shot online because you fought someone over a discounted item. It really is not worth it. Plan ahead and go for items that you actually need. May the odds be ever in your favor to all the shopaholics out there!

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