Black Friday Deals: a plan of attack!

Ahhhh, are you ready?!?! Black Friday is just under 2 weeks away and all the sales and deals are starting to pop up, so exciting! Do you head out for the Black Friday deals to fight the crowds and shop in stores or do you stay home and shop online? I have a new plan this year…

Two years ago, when I was 6 months pregnant, my husband and I had a whole Black Friday attack plan. We started at Toys R Us to get toys for our (then) 2-year-old son, moved on to Menard’s for more toys and things for the home, and then hit Target.

NEVER AGAIN.

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I think Toys R Us was set to open at 11pm the night before Black Friday and we got there around 10pm and the line was a mile long, not kidding, and once the doors opened they were only letting in a handful at a time. And me? 6 months pregnant? Oh, I didn’t bring a coat. After about 45 minutes freezing in line, I totally ditched my husband and went to sit in the car until he got up to the door. Menard’s was more uneventful and Target was a crazy place with the checkout line wrapped through every aisle to the back of the store. Another hour in line, at least, and the husband and I weren’t home in bed until after 2am.

NEVER AGAIN.

We have a few things we need this year so we’re keeping an eye out for Black Friday deals, but we’ll be waiting till Friday to shop, no middle of the night stuff for us old folks 😉 And if the deals are online? PERFECT. I’m staying home in my pjs.

Thankfully I have a go-to place to check for online deals and coupons! RetailMeNot has 500,000+ coupons at over 60,000 stores and even a gift ideas page to make your shopping easier. You can sign up for the Best of RetailMeNot to receive weekly email updates to the top deals.

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Black Friday Deals with RetailMeNot

Do you have favorite stores you consistently shop from or ones you just know you HAVE to hit for Black Friday deals? You can sign up for deal alerts to get updates all season long on coupons and special deals. I signed up for Macy’s, Amazon, and Babies R Us. Oh, and I took it upon myself to sign my husband up for the alerts from Vera Bradley, 1800Flowers, and Starbucks…. hint, hint, hubby! 😉

And??? You can get $10 just by shopping! Use RetailMeNot to shop online and with 2 or more qualified purchases you can earn an e-gift card!

Okay, okay, so you’re still planning on shopping in-store for Black Friday deals… props to you and good luck! 😉 But RetailMeNot can help you out there, too, with the RetailMeNot Mobile Coupons App. It IS pretty awesome… never print another coupon!

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You can search for coupons you want, check out Today’s Hot Deals, or browse through categories or Trending Deals to find what’s hot. You can bookmark your favorite stores and save coupons to use later.

Feeling overwhelmed with all the holiday shopping stories out there? Just visit The Real Deal by RetailMeNot  for gift guides, holiday shopping advice, savings tips and best sales of the week.

And now what you’ve been waiting for…. BLACK FRIDAY DEALS! <—Check them out now!

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Once you download the handy RetailMeNot app to help you with your shopping and black friday deals, enter their Snow Me The Money Sweepstakes! Shake the snow globe for a chance to win a $25 eGift Card OR a $10,000 grand prize!

Snow Me The MoneyAnd some quick Black Friday fun facts for your enjoyment! (Source)

  • 56% of consumers believe that Black Friday provides the most savings out of all the major winter holiday sale days.
  • Fathers are more likely than mothers (68% vs. 57%) to consider buying a gaming console for their child.
  • Nearly half of the consumers surveyed feel that children should have their own cell phone (46%) or tablet (44%) at age 13 or younger. Additionally, nearly half of parents (48%) are willing to consider purchasing a tablet for their child.
  • 84% of holiday shoppers plan to do at least some of their holiday shopping online. (source)

~This post was written in a partnership with RetailMeNot. All opinions are my own!

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