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Black Friday in Review and Lessons Learned


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#1 budgetsRsexy  OFFLINE  

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Posted Apr 29, 2018 - 5:55 pm

Its been 5 months since the big day and there’s less than 7 more until the next one. How are your experiences from this past year going to influence you this year? Were you happy with how everything went? Did anything go horribly or comically wrong that you want to avoid? What did you learn from this past BF and what are you going to do differently in 2018?

I ask because BF is an ever evolving event and I can alway stand to improve my game plan. I learned that if I want anything from PetSmart I need to be in line waiting for the store to open. The check out lines are very slow at mine so it’s not worth going unless you can get in and to the register ASAP (preferably using the buddy system). This past year I went in 3 times and it was so bad I never bothered to buy anything. Also, I need to rework my typical driving routes as the traffic patterns are being changed over this summer. I like doing mostly right hand turns into and out of my shopping destinations to avoid delays and back ups.

What about you?

#2 berry1014  OFFLINE  

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Posted Apr 30, 2018 - 9:06 am

We always went out shopping around 8 PM but I think this year we need to move that time to up even earlier. Kids are getting older so DVDs, video games and head phones have moved up higher on the list. We do probably 50% of our BF at Walmart and rest at other stores like Target, Kohls, etc. What stores will be left and what they will have on sale BF will determine the changes we make to our shopping plans.



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Posted Apr 30, 2018 - 12:18 pm

I took advantage of Kohl's early BF pricing online this past year, which I've never done before... there was no instant gratification, but I was able to get my items (luggage) without having to walk around, dragging them through a million people and stand in line for who knows how long...I actually shopped a lot more online this past BF...it was just more convenient to do it that way and still hit the stores that I still actually enjoy the rush I get from being in the crowds on BF like Walmart and JCP without feeling I had to rush to get to another store...The only upset I had was that Kmart did not have it's usual BF sale and we were confused by their lack of a BF ad so this year we will proceed with caution when it comes to placing them on our must go to list...mind you they open up on Thanksgiving at like 6 am so if I am going to get up that early to support you I expect there to be a good reason and sadly, I left with a few throws that the manager graciously gave us for the later sale of $1.99...my grandson will be one by then but with TRU closing I am looking now to see if I can snag any good deals before they close for good...Every year I tell my grown children that I will not be getting them as much because they are grown, yeah never works out that way because I love giving, but this year I am hoping to stick with that and do most of my shopping for my grand and godsons...


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#4 Tara3117  OFFLINE  

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Posted May 9, 2018 - 9:40 am

Looking at our finances this year, we're going to have to shrink the 2018 Christmas budget. I'm sad because Christmas presents ARE. MY. THING. I don't know if that means more BF shopping or less. We shop for a lot of kids (20ish counting our own) so I'm going to try to hit up some big toy sales prior to the holidays. The older girls are getting more into clothes than toys, so maybe some of those sales too.


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Posted May 19, 2018 - 3:41 pm

We will be leaving on vacation this year so pretty much everything will be online.  If I were staying home I would pay more attention to the store hours.  There seemed to be a period that we weren't sure where to go as it was between the Thursday night hours and the Friday morning when everything was closed






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