The Best Black Friday Shopping Tips {Online and In-Store}

We are gearing up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! It is only a few weeks away and we know that it is on each of your minds. Thinking about that day can feel a little overwhelming. The rush, the people, and the haste always makes everyone feel a little antsy about November shopping. BUT, the deals are amazing! It is totally worth the effort because you could end up saving hundreds to thousands of dollars on your holiday shopping.

I have been in the deals/couponing world for almost 10 years now and I have learned quite a bit over the years. There are so many things to keep in mind during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I know, especially if this is one of your first years participating, you can feel overwhelmed. BUT, I am here to help! Let me share with you all my tips and tricks for shopping in stores and online during Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

How to Survive Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping Online:

{Cyber Monday is November 27th, the Monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday is November 24th!}

If you would like to be wrapped up in a snuggie, sitting in the easy chair, sipping hot chocolate, and shopping on your computer this is for YOU! To be honest, I prefer shopping online for BF and CM because, I am not a fan of crowds. I realize that there are some deals that you can only get in stores, but the past few years I have been able to find EXCEPTIONAL deals online… for example, Kohl’s will be offering ALL of their doorbuster items ONLINE… that’s before the store even opens!  Here are my online shopping Tips: 

Get on the List

Go now and visit some of your favorite store’s websites: Gap Target, Sears, Cabela’sAeropostale, Express, Famous Footwear, Old Navy and more, and sign up for their newsletter. Many stores will give their followers exclusive coupons and sneak peeks! It is worth getting all of those emails so that you can find the best deals around.

Know the Return’s Policy

Know the return policy for your favorite stores ahead of time. Many stores will allow you to return products in-store OR by mail. If you know this now, it will save you time when deal hunting. This will also help you know when you need to be cautious or not. Especially with clothes, sometimes I need to go check the size chart, read the reviews, etc. but if the store has a policy where I can return the products for a full refund, then I have no problem buying two sizes and sending one back. Be sure to know what a store’s policy is before you bet on being able to return something.

Get free shipping

Many stores will offer free shipping for Black Friday! Unless it is an item that is only available at that store, hunt around! These days, especially with electronics, there are dozens of stores that will sell the exact same product. Be sure to buy from the one who will save you the most money! Stores may advertise the lowest price for an item but then charge you $8 in shipping! My suggestion is to do all that you can on Amazon! Become a Prime Member! If you aren’t one now, do the free month trial! The trial will allow you to get free 2 day shipping for all your black friday finds AND access to even more Amazon Deals!

Do Your Homework

There are always amazing deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but there will also be deals that are actually not deals at all. Make your list ahead of time and know what products you are searching for. Know the normal price!! This way you will know if you are actually getting a good deal. There are stats that show that TVs, for example, are usually cheaper on Cyber Monday than on Black Friday! Knowing these stats will help you be better prepared! BUT, don’t worry, my team will be updating our deals page with the best deals out there so you never miss a thing.

Stick With What Works: Shop the online stores that we know and love!

Amazon: Find incredible deals this time of year on Amazon! You can get free shipping and 2 day delivery with Amazon Prime. If you sign up for Amazon family you can get free shipping for 3 months! Find out why we Love Amazon,  then check out the Top Amazon deals we are blogging about already! Plus remember that on amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not just one day, they are the WHOLE WEEK!

eBay: Don’t forget about eBay! They will have plenty of good deals in store for you!

Kohl’s: Kohl’s starts their black Friday ad at 12:01 central time on Monday Nov 20th! Their doorbuster deals will be online starting at 12:01 Central Time on Thanksgiving day, Nov 23rd. This is a great store to get toy deals, appliance deals, and home deals! It’s one of my favorite places to shop online during Black Friday week!

Come visit us at FabulesslyFrugal.com

We are scouring the web for the best deals available and will be posting deals every few minutes, ALL WEEK LONG! Plus we’ll be posting hot Amazon lightning deals on our facebook page. If you are wanting Beauty and Fashion Deals follow our Facebook deals page JUST for those kinds of deals. If you head on over to our deals page, you will see that we post all the best deals from Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Jane, Kohls, Amazon, Macys, JCPenney, and Toys R Us! Going to our deals page to find the best deals will be the easiest. Use our search filters to find exactly what you’re looking for (you can learn more about tips and tricks of using our site HERE)! Your other option is to go to each site individually and sort through all the deals! Do whatever works best for you, but if it were me, I would just go to the deal page because we do all the sorting and selecting for you! We make sure all our deals are worth your time and money. If you want to survive black friday, be sure to include Fabulessly Frugal in the process! We want to help you out!

Sign Up For INSTANT Notifications:

Now that Black Friday is much more than a one day event, I thought it would be nice to have the ability to get a text notification when we find SUPER HOT deals! Check out how you can sign up for NOTIFICATIONS so you’ll never miss a hot deal again! The good news is that you don’t have to be an ultra techy person to do this!  It’s easy to sign up, and it’s easy to turn them off too. Go check out our NOTIFICATIONS PAGE and I take you step by step through the process of signing up!

Things to Note:

  • you will receive anywhere from 1-8 texts per day (Black Friday week and Cyber Monday week, you might get more)
  • Texts will be sent out from 8am MST – 7pm MST
  • Standard text messaging rates apply… if you don’t have unlimited texts, you may not want to sign up for this service
  • You can stop text messages at any time simply by sending a text reply stating OFF
  • You will receive a text message as soon as the deal goes live!

This will be THE BEST WAY to make the most of Black Friday and Cyber Monday! You DO NOT want to miss out on this. Sign up today!


If you’re a brave soul who loves the rush and excitement of shopping in store on Black Friday, here are some tips for you!

How to Survive Black Friday In-Store:

If you enjoy early morning, congested traffic, cold weather, grumpy people, long lines, grabby hands and crowded aisles, or you just like the Black Friday fever you will want to be prepared. You can save some serious cash, but it will definitely be a work out! I have braved the Black Friday in store shopping in the past (I rarely do it anymore because I prefer online) BUT, I learned the tricks to the trade and I am ready to share! Here are my Black Friday IN STORE Shopping Tips:

Make a list  

Sometimes, even though it’s a “good deal”, if it wasn’t something on your list, consider passing it up.  Use our DEAL DATABASE to find the best deals for the items on your list! Sticking to your list will be what makes Black Friday worth it. If you just go in and buy everything just because it was “on sale” you will end up overspending and the purpose of Black Friday shopping will be defeated. 

Set a Budget 

It is important to stay within your budget when black Friday shopping. Download our simple gift list budget sheet to help you map everything out BEFORE you shop. You need to be sure to stay within your budget. Remember that the holidays are not just about the gifts. It is about family time, sharing your beliefs, and celebrating. Do not make the material things the focus! With that being said, there is no problem with wanting to get your family/friends wonderful gifts! Just buy within your means!

Map It Out 

Map out your route on Black Friday morning. Be sure to know what time stores are opening!  Consider going to the store before the sale and familiarize yourself with where the item is that you want to purchase (keep in mind that they will sometimes move them for merchandising).  Write the aisle # down and keep with your “map”! This will make it so that you can be in and out of places SUPER easy on the big day. You do not want any distractions. 

Idea For You Couponers: Make a notecard for each store and cut out the item (from the ad) that you want and attach it to the notecard.  Write down hours/aisle of the item on that one notecard.  Helps you not forget the deals you wanted! Take the ads with you – sometimes your list can get long and confusing!  It’s best to always have the ads with you!

Prioritize

While you are making your map, make your route! Prioritize which stores are the most important. Go to those stores first so that you can be sure to get what you are needing. Put the stores that you would like to go to, but it’s not essential, towards the end of your list so that you will not be too disappointed if you run out of time.

Be Flexible

Be prepared for an item to be gone, even if it’s the first store you hit. People are CRAZY on Black Friday! They will be running and pushing just to get to certain items. If your item is gone, have a back up! Be prepared to know how much that back up costs normally so you can be sure you are getting a good deal. I have seen SO many people realize they can’t buy their #1 item, so they buy their #2 item ALTHOUGH it isn’t even on sale! You don’t want to do that! If what you need is gone, I suggest waiting until Cyber Monday and getting it online.

Leave the littles at home

Need I say more? This will be a WILD morning. It’s best if the kiddos stay home. Especially if they are little!! The older ones can be a huge help if they are willing to come.

Pack yourself some healthy snacks

You’re more prone to impulse buy when you’re hungry. If you buy snacks while you are shopping you are likely to spend too much or buy junk that will not really give you more energy. If you are frugal like me, you will not buy anything until you are almost starving and have a headache from lack of nutrition. So go prepared.

Take a friend!

Not only is it more fun, if needed, you can separate if there are multiple great deals in the store!  Have one person stand in line with a basket, the other get items, and bring them back to the line holder this will cut down your line time. Don’t do this with more than two people, you might make people mad.

Be patient.

C’mon.  It’s black Friday   There are going to be LONG lines!  Plan on it, and don’t be grumpy about it!  There are stores where you will have you wait in line to get a number or a wrist band.  Contact your store before hand to see how they are handling Black Friday morning and the doorbuster deals. Remember again the purpose of Christmas and the holidays! It is not all about the gifts. Just enjoy this fun wild morning! I like to go into it prepared, but with no expectations.

Be Kind

You’re bound to run into some crabby greedy shoppers.  Despite the fact that they’re that way, don’t stoop to their level.  Don’t let the excitement of the deal lead you to be a “greedy grabber”.  Don’t forget to be kind to the store employees as well.  Most of them didn’t choose to be there!  Don’t lose your dignity over a hot deal.

Consider staying HOME!

You’ll find there are a lot of great deals online!  Many stores offer the same great deals on-line plus free shipping.  My personal favorite?  Amazon is having a week long “black friday event”

SO, What are you putting on your Black Friday shopping list?

We cannot wait to help you prepare for this AWESOME day. It is one of our favorite days of the year here at Fabulessly Frugal. Prepare, get excited, and get ready because this year is going to be the best one yet!

What are your fab Black Friday tips?

Comments

  • CEECEE

    Ive done black friday alot, the only thing i have a problem with is when people fight over stuff. I want to know if theres deals i can do online, instread of going to the stores. This is going to be my first year not doing black friday. I also am a single parent and im loving how you guys have helped me with couponing, this is also my first time doing coupons, well im going on my second month on couponing so this helps out alot thank you ladies.

  • Kati

    I am curious about if the black friday prices that are listed on fabfrugal, will those same deals be online? For example, Staples has a printer for 59.99, will I be able to get that online? Can I get all of the store black friday deals online?

    • Kati-

      Yes many stores will be offering the same deals on line. Like walmart will have many items online for the same price as in store on black friday. You should check the ad and the webstite of the store you are planning to shop to see what they will have online.

  • Autumn Hoyer

    I have a question about purchasing new cell phones? My husband seems to think black Friday will be the best day? When do you purchase new phones? Or have you seen any that would suggest any deals?

  • Patricia

    I try to pay with cash on Black Friday. It keeps me within my budget. It also avoids problems with the credit cards taking long to process due to overload on the system.

  • Cara

    Just wondering which newspaper I would buy next week that would have all the black Friday ads in it. Is it Sunday’s?

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