Planning for and Conquering Black Friday Sales
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Planning for and Conquering Black Friday Sales

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 10:12 am
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It’s officially November, which means Black Friday is just 24 short days away! Are you ready to get out there and score some awesome once-a-year savings? With so many sales and deals on the horizon, Black Friday can definitely be overwhelming, which is why you should start planning your attack now!

Being an avid Black Friday shopper myself, I can help guide you through your own Black Friday experience. I once scoffed at those crazy Black Friday shoppers who pitch tents in front of Best Buy just to get a discounted TV, or those who are fighting off line jumpers at 4 a.m. Yet, I became one of those people. Over the past few years, my girlfriends have made it a tradition. When our alarms go off at 2 a.m., we grab some coffee and head out to conquer that which is … Black Friday. To get you in the spirit, let me tell you about some of the deals I’ve scored. Black Friday 2009 I won (meaning FREE) a family 4-pack of Disney Park Hopper tickets. Black Friday 2010 I was featured on the local news for having programmed by Black Friday shopping schedule into my Smartphone. I’ll stop there. You get the picture – I LOVE Black Friday. So without further ado, let’s start planning!

Where to Begin?

The best way to begin planning for Black Friday is to find out when the stores you want to visit open. Assuming it’s probably really early and most of us won’t be entirely awake, I recommend making a list or programming your schedule into your phone or other handheld device. Start with the stores that open earliest – it’s best to be one of the early birds because some stores even give away free stuff to the first shoppers. There are also doorbuster deals you won’t want to miss! The best sales have deadlines, so get there early if you want to score the best bargain or grab a hot sale item before supplies run out.

When Do Stores Open on Black Friday?

Stores have already begun to release their 2011 Black Friday hours, so you can start scheduling right away. It’s important to know when stores open so you can plan your route accordingly. As daylight approaches, more stores will begin to open. Unfortunately, you’ll have to prioritize since you won’t be able to be at multiple openings at the same time (unless you’re able to apparate).


Start keeping an eye out for Black Friday sale advertisements as well. As November progresses, so will the ads! However, some stores like to keep their sales top-secret until the last-minute so stay tunes and don’t be discouraged – there are sure to be great sales this Black Friday! And of course, will be here to keep you up to date on all the latest Black Friday news as it becomes available. Let the count down begin!


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