What’s your Black Friday shopping strategy? | Follow @atlbargains on Black Friday

The Friday that falls the day after Thanksgiving isn’t an ordinary spin around the mall. Black Friday demands a different approach all together, a strategy that will ensure you’ll find the best deals and get the products you want.

This year, stores have cut back their inventory out of concerns about whether they can actually sell everything they have in stock. Instead, they’ve stocked their Web sites. So, if you want to get your hands on a coveted items, you’ll have to be smarter (and luckier) than ever.

Here are my suggestions, in addition to following @atlbargains on Twitter and using hash tag #atlshop:

– Make a shopping list and an accompanying budget. By now, you should know what items you want and precisely how much they cost. If you haven’t checked out bfads.net, black-friday.net or blackfriday.com, get busy. They’ll have the majority of the Black Friday ads to help you with your bottom line.

– Make sure you have an Atlanta Journal-Constitution in hand Thursday morning. The stores you’ll be most interested in will have their circulars in the paper with their sale items. Carry the circulars with you to the store, as some retailers have price-matching, but require that you have the printed circular with you. Remember that most will not match online prices, or specials like doorbusters or early-bird specials.

– Bring a friend or shopping buddy with you. With items in limited supply and lines long for certain products, you’ll want to either break up to get what you want, or stand in competing lines with the person getting to the front of the line first able to make the purchase.

– Don’t forget to eat. There is nothing worse than shopping on an empty stomach, or with feet that hurt. Make sure you’re comfortable and well-rested.

– Designate a place for your receipts. Get a receipt for everything you purchase and hold onto it.

– Carpool. Parking is tough even on an ordinary day. It will be even worse on Black Friday, so you may as well buddy up with someone.

– Make sure you keep an eye on your belongings, lock your car doors and keep bags in your trunk rather than inside your car.

– Don’t want to overspend? Leave your credit cards at home, shop with cash and stick to your budget. It will help if you postpone shopping for yourself and only buy the items on your list.

So, what is your Black Friday shopping strategy? Do you do anything special to make it fun? How do you get your hands on items in limited supply? Will you shop online and in stores, or just one or the other?

Follow me on Twitter @atlbargains.

9 comments Add your comment

Jannis

November 26th, 2009
8:56 am

If you are looking for good deals on a cell phone and you can get it any time then I suggest getting a Prepaid Straight Talk phone, you can get unlimited talk, texts and data for $45/month or 1000 minutes, 1000 texts/mms and 30mb of data for $30 per month, it runs on Verizon’s network nationwide so you will always have good signal.

Jojomar

November 26th, 2009
9:23 am

Makes a lot more sense to spend time at home with the fam and shop online before everyone gets up. These days the online specials are as good as the brick and mortar stores if not better. For example, Amazon has Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 for only $59.99 (as of this morning). I’ve never seen it lower than that, and you get 3 licenses as well! Found that deal and others at http://www.YS50.com
Happy Thanksgiving!

Ms. Parody

November 26th, 2009
10:40 am

I plan to sit around the house today and stuff my obese fanny full of fatty processed foods. Grease, sugar, sodium, and enough dairy to make Paula Dean scream as if a ham was being thrown at her face.
Friday morning before daylight,I plan to fire up my equally gluttonous Cadillac SUV and speed from the suburbs to the quickest strip mall venue I can find. Preferably, ChinaMart as I am looking for quantity rather quality. If anyone gets in my way, there will be nasty looks and name calling galore.
Sounds to me like it’s gonna be a traditional Atlanta holiday.

Ms. Parody

November 26th, 2009
11:03 am

Maybe, I am trying to say moderation. Especially,given the economic climate. Don’t forget to hit that red Kettle on your way in the door.

Thanks 4 understanding Rana !

tyler

November 26th, 2009
11:53 am

Or… just shop online. If the retailers are stocking the websties, use them! Also, save more money by using online coupons. I found a $5 off coupon for Sears, Target and Kmart by shopping online at http://GoPromocodes.com. They also have tons of other coupons that work in addition to the black friday and cyber monday deals.

mike

November 26th, 2009
12:04 pm

Black Friday will be gray this year. Nobody has any money! Once again American’s are ramping up to get into more debt, buying things we can’t afford. Isn’t it bad enough that all of our homes and cars have been repossessed (see: http://www.repofinder.com)? I just hope we haven’t forgotten what Christmas is all about

melodramatic

November 26th, 2009
10:28 pm

@ Ms. Parody, do you really find it that terrible living here? Why don’t you move to California so you can be with your liberal friends, jackass.

Huh

November 27th, 2009
1:26 am

Ms. Parody, you make me sick. Like melo said, stfu and move.

Queen Elizabeth

November 27th, 2009
8:41 am

LOL Ms. Parody….seems like your comment hit a little to close to home for Melodramatic and Huh!