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How do you prepare for Black Friday?


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#1 budgetsRsexy  OFFLINE  

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Posted May 31, 2017 - 6:25 pm

It looks like I will have a reason to go out BF shopping this year (last year my family tried out a no gift Christmas but things are changing this year and I will have presents to shop for). I'm excited about this but at the same time it makes me nervous as I have been told that the fall can be a very busy time of year for my new job position. I would hate for BF to somehow sneak up on me and find myself unprepared for the big day. How do you prepare for BF? Is there anything I can do before the ads even leak? Any suggestions are welcome.

#2 berry1014  OFFLINE  

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Posted Jun 1, 2017 - 5:53 am

Its always good to start with a list

1. Who you are buying for

2. price limit per person or per gift

3. gift ideas for each person you are buying for and if you are not sure what they want or would like then ask.

 

Once you have a list then start keeping an out for sales and when BF gets closer compare your list to what is on sale at stores near you. Sometimes you can find better deals in the weeks leading up to BF.



#3 Kanyon71  ONLINE  

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Posted Jun 1, 2017 - 6:26 am

We start making our list of who we are buying for and it's usually decided by the extended family what we are going to spend. Once that's all done I just stalk here waiting for the ad's to leak forth. :)



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Posted Jun 2, 2017 - 4:56 am

I get everyone's gifts and then make a list of all things that need replacing or upgrading. Like this year, I will need to by new tablets and TV's.

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Posted Jul 12, 2017 - 5:29 pm

Thanks for the input so far guys! I started putting together a small binder so I can be more organized and have all the different lists that are usually strewn about my house, purse and car all in one location so nothing gets overlooked, lost or forgotten.

So far I have color coded tabs for each person and behind that printouts where I can brainstorm gift ideas and other pages for tracking purchases (as well as total budget) and a pocket page to keep receipts in.

I like the idea of keeping track of household items that need to be replaced or upgraded too. I'll have to create a new tab for that in the binder. Thanks tifflan83!

Any other ideas on what should get added to the binder?

Edited by budgetsRsexy, Jul 13, 2017 - 7:50 am.


#6 HanShotFirst  OFFLINE  

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Posted Jul 13, 2017 - 5:25 am

I like your ideas budgetsRsexy and am going to try out the notebook thing this year to keep myself more organized.  I don't have many gifts to buy but I do use the BF sales to replace or get new household and personal items and I end up having lists everywhere before its over.  

 

Do you have gifts that will have to be shipped?  If so you could add a section to your notebook as a way to keep track of that.  



#7 budgetsRsexy  OFFLINE  

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Posted Aug 2, 2017 - 8:43 am

Ok, so since my last post I have added a tab for coworkers and boss gifts, a sheet to keep track of store BF hours, a sheet for coupon/shipping codes for online shopping and a pocket page for any coupons for in store shopping.

Once the postal service puts out their recommended shipping deadlines I'll add that to the binder too, thanks HanShotFirst.

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Posted Aug 3, 2017 - 7:54 am

Ok, so since my last post I have added a tab for coworkers and boss gifts, a sheet to keep track of store BF hours, a sheet for coupon/shipping codes for online shopping and a pocket page for any coupons for in store shopping.

Once the postal service puts out their recommended shipping deadlines I'll add that to the binder too, thanks HanShotFirst.

That sounds WAY too organized to be chaotic and fun :sidesplit



#9 tracy0504  OFFLINE  

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Posted Aug 7, 2017 - 7:37 am

I just added gifts to my Gift List app on my phone yesterday...I pretty much know what I will be buying everyone this year, except for the Xbox 1 games my youngest son will want this year...



#10 msyves  OFFLINE  

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Posted Aug 7, 2017 - 12:02 pm

I make a list identifying who I need to get something for and what I would like to get them. I then assign each a budget range. As it leads up to BF I check around to see if there are any deals for what I need.



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Posted Aug 9, 2017 - 5:19 pm

I use the santa's little helper app on my iPhone. I only buy for my 4 children, DH, and my mom. I've already started adding gifts that I think they will like; I will finalize the kids once I receive their lists.

Once the ads come out, I maintain a list of stores/sites that I plan on hitting and what I need for each of them. The only other thing I have is a running list of all online purchases and I mark them off as they are delivered.

#12 msomnipotent  OFFLINE  

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Posted Yesterday, 1:32 pm

I just put gift ideas on a wishlist at Amazon and use a price tracker to determine what price to buy at. I keep my eyes open all year, because price drops happen. I just bought a tool chest today for $30 for my nephew's gift, just because it was on sale and I had a $10 coupon. I very much doubt it will be cheaper closer to Christmas, but I logged on here to check last years ads to be sure. I have noticed the past 2 years that everything I wanted to buy was cheaper the week before BF and then again a few days after BF. Know your prices!

 

I think the most important rule is to start saving up cash/credit card points/gift cards now so you have it when you need it.



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Posted Yesterday, 6:36 pm

I have a running list year round that I put down ideas as I hear those I buy for say they like something. Makes it a lot easier come shopping time.

Leading up to BF I create a binder to keep my lists and coupons. If I see a hot item or something on clearance before hand, I'll buy it. I just bought the switch because I don't want to deal with it being sold out at Christmas.



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