Black Friday Shopping Tips to Save You Money

Posted by Madison on November 24, 2014

The countdown is on… it’s only a few more days until Black Friday!

Now that you are prepared for holiday shopping with your list and budget, it’s time to do some planning for Black Friday sales.

When Do Black Friday Deals Start?

Black Friday, which traditionally marked the beginning of holiday shopping, is the day after Thanksgiving. However, in the last few years we’ve seen stores open on Thanksgiving. This year, Pre-Black Friday sales seem to be the trend! We already picked up some Lego friends on sale and a few other items.

I’m closely watching the items featured in the Amazon Black Friday Deals Week. They plan to release new deals every 10 minutes all week!

How to Find Black Friday Deals

A reader Roman recently asked where to find out about Black Friday deals in advance. Here is my list of sites that share Black Friday ads before they are published:

Black Friday at This is my favorite site because you can select the items you want and maintain a shopping list as the ads come out. They also point out which items can be bought online if you want to avoid the crowds. In addition, the discussion in the forums is usually fun to follow.

Here are some other sites that I’ve checked out:

Favorite Black Friday Resources

Most Wanted. Once I make my list, I cross-check it with the most wanted list at Gotta Deal. That way I know which items on my list I might need to prioritize. It’s not an exact science but it lets me know the popularity, which comes into play when planning our route.

Flipp app. The Flipp app lets you look at ads and filter sales by % off. It’s a great way to look for deeply discounted items or search for the same item at multiple stores.

Free List. My favorite list is the list of all the free items on Black Friday. I searched all over, but couldn’t find one years ago, so I have making my own ever since! Here it is: Black Friday Free Stuff!

Check prices online. I double check everything on my list against what is or will be available online. Many deals, like the Target 10% Off Gift Cards on Black Friday, are available both in store and online. Check out Online Shopping Resources for ways to save money shopping online.

Organization. This is somewhat of a silly tip, but I keep it on my list because the key to Black Friday is organization. Once I have my list and route planned, I organize everything and put it into my expanding file.

I use one pocket per store in order of our shopping route. Each pocket contains an envelope with the list for that store, coupons I have, which credit card to use, and the back-up plan if an item is already gone. Then on Thanksgiving day, I pull out all the ads from the newspaper and put a copy of each ad in the pocket.

It makes it easy on Black Friday, each time we go to a store, I just grab the envelope. Being efficient and organized on Black Friday is much more enjoyable than being frazzled.

Small Business Saturday. After Black Friday is done, don’t forget about claiming your American Express $30 Small Business Saturday Shopping Credits!

My Black Friday Plans

My neighbor and I have been discussing our shopping plans for a few weeks now. We’re planning to get together on Thanksgiving night after we’ve finished up our family meals for dessert and making our last minute plans!

Do you plan to shop on Black Friday? Will you shop in person or online?

More Black Friday Shopping Resources

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Comments to Black Friday Shopping Tips to Save You Money

  1. I love your blog and refer to it from my money blog. I just wanted to thank you for your great words.


  2. If the spreadsheet at is correct, CVS is definitely one place I’ll be stopping by. I can’t resist “free” candy!


  3. I don’t like Black Friday because I feel that a lot of people buy things simply because they are ‘good deals.’

    If it isn’t something you were planning to buy anyways, then why buy it?


  4. Very cool… actually going to share this on my facebook wall ! By: Holiday Cheap Deals

    Dorethea Chevas

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