A Busy Mom's Guide to Black Friday

Black Friday is the day to find some amazing deals. This year, it seems like the stores are opening earlier and earlier. Some stores are even offering Black Friday prices up to a week early when you shop online. As a mom, you want to get the best gifts for your kids without spending a small fortune.


Here is my Black Friday Guide for Moms.

Know what your kids want:

My kids are still young, so they haven’t asked for very expensive toys. Instead, they like to ask for everything they see on TV. When you have a good list of all the gifts you need to buy you can evaluate what sales you need to shop on Black Friday. You can also do some research to find out what is a good price for the items you need to buy.

I love www.CamelCamelCamel.com for price comparision. I find the product on Amazon and paste the link into CamelCamelCamel.com and they tell me the cost of the item over the past year. I know Amazon is an online store, but they carry so many products, it’s a great place to track prices.

Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to check out the ads:

So many stores have already released their Black Friday ads. I know that (if I can find time) I love to sit on the couch on Thanksgiving and go through all the ads. If you are serious about getting the best deals, you need to know what’s on sale before Thanksgiving Day.

Some stores are opening as early as 6pm and that doesn’t leave you much time to create your plan. Check out websites like www.BlackFriday.com for a sneak peek at all the ads that have been released.

MH900427803Make a list of all the deals you would like to buy:

What is the hottest gift on your Christmas list? Search through the ads and find out who has the best deals. For example, Target and Walmart both have an iPad Mini for just $299. But the difference is that Walmart is offering a $100 Walmart gift card, and Target is only offering a $75 Target gift card.

Check for coupons:

Some retailers have coupons that you can also use with the sale items. A quick Google search of  coupons and your favorite store should pull up any current coupons that may be available.

Find a Shopping Buddy:

I really don’t like that retailers only offer certain deals during certain hours. It makes it hard to buy all the deals you would like to get. One way to solve that problem is find a shopping buddy. You can fight the crowds at Walmart and your friend can do the shopping at Target. You should both have a shopping list and your cell phones handy to make sure you can get what each other needs.

You should also take a shopping buddy into the same stores with you. That way people can get in line for different items.

If you plan on being out shopping for a while, make sure to have a large cup of coffee and some snacks with you. You never know how long you will be out.

If you don’t want to fight the crowds you can always wait for Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the Monday after Black Friday. In my opinion, you will save just as much money if you shop online. Sometimes I have even seen better deals online.

Amazon is an awesome online retailer that will be matching many of the Black Friday ads, even before Cyber Monday. Make sure you have Amazon Prime so you can snag great deals and get free 2 day shipping! You can even get a 30-day free trial for Amazon.

janellJanell is a stay-at-home mom and blogger at Saving You Dinero, a blog dedicated to “saving you time and money, from kitchen to store and so much more.” Janell enjoys, baking, shopping online and saving money by scouring the internet for the best deals and coupons.

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5 Responses to A Busy Mom's Guide to Black Friday

  1. Dennis November 26, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Great hints…but I hope we don’t have to go shopping on Friday.

  2. Desiree Tarango November 26, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Cyber Monday is for me! It also helps to have shopping buddies too. Same idea, split up on different sites!

  3. Christine November 26, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    I had a very successful (and fun) Black Friday with the crowds a few years ago…I’ve got a Kindle on my list this year, so I think I’ll be spending it online 🙂 Do you think Kindle will be discounted any time during the season?

  4. tbmama November 26, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Great tips. I’ve never heard of CamelCamelCamel.com

  5. Matt November 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Great advice! Thanks for the help.