Black Friday DOs and DON’Ts for Shopping Success

black fridayBlack Friday.

The mere term invokes both feelings of dread, as well as feelings of elation in moms everywhere. Everyone has an opinion on BF, but everyone has an opinion on everything these days! As for this mom, any opportunity to save $$ is a plus. And if you’re like me, you probably don’t sleep much, anyway, so what’s another evening without sleep? Whether this is your first Black Friday or your 15th, I am here to help. These are my time-tested, no-fail tips for shopping Thursday night and Friday morning. And be sure to follow along in real-time with the hashtag #JMBF19 on Twitter and Instagram.

DO review the ads in advance. I cannot stress this enough. Know what you are going to buy and where it is located in the store. Walmart has perfected this in years’ past with downloadable PDF maps of each individual store as well as store maps in the Walmart app, with deal locations clearly marked.

DO download a Black Friday app. My favorite this year has been BlackFriday.FM for the iPhone and Android. It allows you to add an item from any ad on the app to your favorites and you can compare prices from different stores for the same item. I love the its simple-to-use search — it checks sale prices online as well as in stores.

Screenshot of app. Enter an item into the search bar and the app searches all the Black Friday ads!

DON’T grab a shopping cart. Shopping carts slow you down. Bring the biggest reusable shopping bag(s) you own. I have a few IKEA bags that are perfect for this. If you are after a big item such as a TV, bring someone with you. That person’s one job is to obtain the TV.

DON’T shop in a group. There is no time for chitchat at Black Friday sales; this is serious business. It is okay (and probably safer) to shop with a buddy, though — especially if they are grabbing a shopping cart to buy the TV. If you are with a friend, both of you change your ringers to that very annoying Alarm sound (on iPhones). It is loud, obvious, and you are guaranteed to hear it over all the commotion.

DON’T bring your husband. He will just try and talk you out of buying things. (Hey, you can always return it or sell it on Facebook Marketplace!)

DON’T forget a blanket! Leave it in your car to hide your purchases. You can conceal them from your husband, your kids… even thieves!

DO be nice. I must say, in all my years of Black Friday shopping, I have never witnessed any rudeness, and I have been everywhere from Walmart on Normandy to Toys ‘R’ Us at the Town Center (RIP). I like to think our Southern manners have something to do with that. And while you’re shopping,  go ahead and pick up items for our upcoming December Kindness Calendar such as canned goods to donate to local food bank, socks for the homeless shelter and toys to donate for Toys for Tots!

DO have fun! Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, arguably every mom’s favorite time of year. And remember, there’s no rule saying you can’t just sit on your couch and do all of your holiday shopping online. If Black Friday isn’t your thing, that’s okay! There are plenty of ways to save money this time of year. First and foremost, be sure to enjoy the season and the people who make it special.

And here’s my craziest tip of all: DON’T leave your house. Shocked?! Well you should be! Retailers have heard the feedback from shoppers and have listened! They know that many, many shoppers do not want to brave the crowds on the busiest shopping day of the year. Many stores like Target are allowing you to shop the best deals from your phone! Target is taking it a step further by allowing their Red Card holders the ability to snag those Black Friday deals a day early on Wednesday. Check it out!

Are you a Black Friday shopper? What are some of your best tips to survive the biggest shopping day of the year? 

Jessica Morgan
Jessica was born in the “Bold New City of the South" and loves her some Jacksonville. Not only is J-Ville the place where she was raised with her twin brother, but is it also where she met and married her super-handy hubby, Melvin. Together they have a lovely daughter named Lily and a very competitive son, Henry. Professionally, Jessica spends her days as the Activities Director at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club,- because her target audience is 5-11 year old children. Jessica has appeared on local television discussing topics ranging from Black Friday to couponing, - dirty hair, consignment sales and summer camps. Jessica enjoys showing up to parties in costume, Florida Gator Football, all things Disney, singing show tunes, making fudge, big ugly shelter dogs, reading Emily Post and writing in cursive. Keep up with all Jessica's antics at


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