5 Black Friday tips for braving the crowds

If you think Black Friday is an adventure, this is for you
5 Black Friday tips for braving the crowds
Michelle interviews Tracie from popular site Penny Pinchin' Mom

Though Tracie Fobes of Penny Pinchin’ Mom likes getting out in the Black Friday crowds, she wants to remind folks it’s not for everyone.  “If you don’t like the crowds, don’t go out,” says Fobes. “Most of the deals that we’re going to find at the store are going to be live at midnight tonight.”

That’s midnight on Thanksgiving.

“Stay up late, sit at your computer and pounce on them!” says Fobes.  She says retailers usually post their deals live Pacific time. If you live in Wisconsin, that means 2 a.m.

Fobes says she likes to go shopping on Black Friday as a family. They save up all their change throughout the year and adopt a family in need with the money. For her, the shopping is more about spending time with family.

Here are some of her tips:

TIP #1: Look through your sales ad and determine what you want to get.  Then go back and make a backup plan.  “Because things sell out so quickly, you need to have a plan B in place,” says Fobes.

TIP #2: Plan your shopping trip.  Make sure you hit the right stores in the right order.

TIP #3: Take a friend with you and split your shopping list.  You can cover more ground that way.

TIP #4: Remember that some things you might have to get full price, but try to save on everything else to compensate.

TIP #5: Don’t forget about Cyber Monday. At least if you can’t find all the deals you want on Black Friday, you should know that retailers will be offering great deals online all day long the following Monday.

Fobes has a short list of stores she hits up on Black Friday.  The two main stores on her list are Kohl’s and Toys R Us.  This year she’s looking for LEGOs, Doc Mcstuffins and electronics.  Still, she says it’s important for her to keep the focus on where it should be.

“We all get sucked into this deal thing but I always try to remind myself and my readers that at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what’s under that tree,” says Fobes.  “What matters is the people who are around you.”

5 Black Friday tips for braving the crowds