I’ve been Black Friday shopping for nearly 15 years now. It’s become a fun tradition with my mom, sisters, and friends. It’s also a great way to get a bulk of our holiday shopping wiped out in one day, on a budget.
Black Friday may not necessarily have the lowest prices of the entire year, but I do find the majority of the deals to be the best prices through the holiday shopping season. There are many things — electronics, toys, and more — that will have better prices throughout October.
Once we make it to Thanksgiving, though, prices will start to rise through Christmas. I typically wait until Black Friday to get started, both to allow our holiday savings to build longer and to keep receipts more current in case of returns. I also like to have my shopping done by early December so there’s plenty of time to wrap gifts, bake cookies, and enjoy the holiday events throughout the month.
That leaves a short window to find our gift choices at the best prices possible. Knocking it all out of the way in one, big marathon shopping event is only smart. The countdown has begun — just 45 days until the big day — and my family is already making plans to travel up here to join me. The sale ads will start being posted online soon, and I’ll be creating my shopping route and making a holiday shopping list.
Will you be shopping on Black Friday?