Michelle’s Guide To Black Friday Shopping!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….for shopping! Ahh yes, that magical day is here again: Black Friday! Now people either really love Black Friday or they don’t get it at all. Of course, I love shopping and bargains, so you know I LOVE Black Friday. Who’s ready to get out there and get the deals? Here are a few tips, including ways to get FREE things while you’re out in the Black Friday madness!

1. Make a plan.

If you’re serious about shopping on Black Friday you’ll need to figure out what you’re looking for and where you plan to go. This isn’t the day to wander – you’ve gotta get in there or you’ll miss out. If you’re just looking to stroll through the mall, this might not be the time. It gets crazy!

2. Get freebies!

Stores are hurting, and they want to get you in the door so you’ll spend money. Even if that means sweetening the deal with freebies. Many stores are offering free stuff – now that’s what I’m talking about! Check this out:

Old Navy – free digital cameras to a limited number of shoppers who spend at least $40

JCPenney – free Disney snow globes

Sears – free Thomas Kinkade collectible ornaments for the first 200 shoppers who purchase clothing or accessories. Each store also is giving 13″ Craftsmen tool bags (retail value $9.99) to the first 60 customers who buy $20 worth of tools.

Seattle’s Best – will send a free sample of coffee to the first 100,000 people working on Black Friday who visit the company’s Facebook page

Half Price Books – The first 100 people per store will get a free tote bag and $5 gift card. One of the tote bags will have a $100 gift card inside!

Michaels – Free Jubilee Cricut Cartridge to first 25 customers, free godiva bar to first 100 customers

Tanger Outlets – Free $10 Gift Card to First 200 Shoppers at 10pm, free $20 Gift Card to First 100 Shoppers at 2am, and everyone will be registered to win a 51″ TV.

Toys “R” Us – Buy an iPod Touch and get a free $50 gift card. In-store purchases only; one per customer.

3. Don’t forget to eat and keep a good sense of humor.

Black Friday shopping is tiring and people get crabby! Some places are even offering FREE food and entertainment to help you out.

Best Buy – free popcorn and Coke for those in line AND they’ll have giant screens in parking lots at 123 of its stores where they’ll show Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at 9pm on Thanksgiving

IKEA – Kids 12 and under eat free Friday through Sunday.

Sam’s Club – members get a free Black Friday breakfast (hot egg sandwiches, fruit, yogurt and coffee) from 5-8am. Join or upgrade your membership on Black Friday, and you’ll get a free $25 gift card.

4. Use coupons and/or get coupons!

Now you don’t have to get all Extreme Couponing on me, but some places make it really easy to save big.

Toys ‘R Us – the first 100 shoppers get a free savings book filled with $500 in money-saving coupons.

Places like Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS have reward programs that let you get rebates on items. A lot of times if the item is on sale, the rebate can make it free!

Kohl’s – Friday-Sunday, get $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend

Victoria’s Secret – Spend $10 and get a free secret reward card worth $10, $50, $100 or $500.

5. Say no to the crowds and shop online!

You can get plenty of good deals online without having to fight the crowds or even get out of your pjs. And unlike the stores, you never have to worry if the website is open. Load up your plate with leftovers and shop sites like HauteLook.com or even big retailers like Sears. Everyone will be pulling out all the stops so I bet you can expect to find some surprise online bargains. Check out our list of online deals HERE.

6. Most of all, have fun and don’t take it too seriously.

It’s inevitable. You’re gonna run across a few jerks and crazies trying to get the hot toys or tvs. Take a deep breath and remember that this is supposed to be fun, but in the end – it’s just STUFF. Nothing worth losing your sanity over!

So where will you be shopping? Do you know about a hot Black Friday deal? Come on, spill it in the comments below! And good luck in your shopping adventures this Friday!

***All of these freebies and deals listed here are things I found on the glorious internet and are subject to change per each store. In other words, I’m just the messenger.***

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