Black Friday Survival Guide + A $100 Sephora Giveaway

Monday, October 14, 2013

It's coming, ready or not. Has it dawned on you that Black Friday is only a mere 46 days away!? Crazy. 

Say what you will about the shopping madness and long lines- the truth is, you can score the best deals of the year if you're savvy. Lucky for you, that's exactly what we're talking about today- shopping smart. AND- one lucky reader is even going to score a $100 gift card to Sephora to start their holiday shopping off on the right foot! Mhmm.. Not too shabby, eh?

Here are a few of my favorite ways to maximize the deals on black friday:

1.) Black Friday Apps:
I have been using black friday apps for 'years'. It's literally my favorite way to organize and prepare before the big day comes. Who has time to browse through pages of ads and websites?? Not me. Black friday apps like this one, 'Black Friday'- by, make life easy by listing your favorite stores and showing what deals they're offering. I use this every year, seriously.

You can even add items to your favorites (shown below) and the app will save and sort them so you know exactly what you're looking for when you head out on your shopping excursions. Most everyone has their phone on them, so using black friday apps is a smart and simple way to get organized.

2.) Comfortable clothing/shoes:
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be amazed at how many times I've hit the mall (for the sake of looking cute) in trendy, uncomfortable shoes, and regretted it hours later. Be smart, wear the tennies or comfortable loafers- it may buy you hours of more shopping.

This applies to clothing too. I have found that I get really hot in most retail stores due to the bright lights and swarms of people. I try to wear a lightweight, long sleeved tee while shopping and that's it! I know it's cold out by the end of November, but I generally just make a run for it when I get out of the car. I'm always thankful later that I'm not lugging a heavy coat around!

3.) Plan out your day by store:
In order to make the most of black friday, you need a serious game plan before you hit the road. Make note of which stores have early 'doorbuster sales' and hit those first. Many stores will quit offering early bird deals at noon or one o'clock, where as others have deals all day.

4.) Keep all coupons in a central location:
Last year I had an entire envelope full of coupons and freebies to take with me on black friday. Stores really beef up the coupons around the holidays so make sure you get on some mailing lists now. It's nice to have all coupons in one place, that way you're not digging around aimlessly in your purse when you go to check out. Try an envelope or wallet, it really helps! *Or if you're really snazzy, just whip out your phone and flash those coupons. ;) Even better.

5.) Pack a light purse!:
Set a reminder on your phone or computer a few days ahead of time to clean out and de-clutter your purse. Only leave the bare essentials so that you're not bogged down with unnecessary weight while shopping. Your back will thank you for it! And if you're like me, you carry a portable house in your purse, so de-cluttering is absolutely necessary!

Ok friends, those are my tips! Do YOU have any handy black friday secrets I should know about?? Tell me in the comments below.

AND make sure you enter the Sephora giveaway by using the Rafflecopter widget below. --->
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Make sure you stop back tomorrow as I'll be sharing a fun recap of my Madewell private shopping event from this weekend. It was such a great time and I had a blast seeing many friendly faces and meeting new ones. :)
Wishing you the best week!!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this awesome giveaway and the opportunity. I am following you on instagram and my username is breelovesfashion8 and my Twitter username is breeluvu and pinterest is breeluv8 and Facebook is Ashley Bree Perez and my bloglovin username is breelovesfashion8. ♥ to be honest I dunt really partipate in black Friday and if I do them I go for big products like televisions, computers, ect. I don't shop for clothes because I always find good deals on a daily basis. You can find some great finds of to go to the clearance rack ;)


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