Are you the type that gets up at 4 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving to go shopping? Some stores are even have sales the night of Thanksgiving. You can finish dinner and go out shopping. I am more of the eat until I'm stuffed and I will be snuggled in my nice warm bed the morning after Thanksgiving. I haven't actually left the house to go Black Friday shopping in years. But, is Black Friday shopping really worth it? Maybe.
Is It On Your List?
Years ago I actually woke up around 3:30 and went out to do some Black Friday shopping. I had dreams of doing all of our Christmas shopping for much less than I had planned. But, as I went store to store I found out that what I wanted wasn't what was on sale. I went home so disappointed.
I realized that Black Friday deals aren't really deals if they aren't on your list. Don't be pressured into buying something just because it is a good deal. Most of the deals I see for Black Friday are electronic deals. If you don't see what is on your list in the ads, it probably isn't worth going to the store.
Your Time Is Worth Something
How much time is it going to take to do the shopping versus how much you are saving? If you are getting that $20 toy for $10 is it really worth 2-3 hours of your time? You may be better off paying a few dollars more and buying it when the stores aren't so crazy. Plus, as it gets closer to Christmas you may see some better deals.
Is It Online?
So many of the store advertised deals are now available online. You don't actually have to go out into the cold or get up early in the morning to get the deals. We love watching the Amazon deals that they have around Thanksgiving. You can also check places like Retail Me Not for extra coupon codes to order online. You don't have to be fighting the crowds at the store to get a great deal.
If there are a multiple items on your list that are a great deal it may be worth your time to go out Black Friday shopping. But, don't plan your shopping around the Black Friday deals.
For the last 13 years I have skipped the Black Friday craziness and stayed at home. I have found that going out to the stores just isn't worth it for me. I have still managed to get plenty of great deals online, coupon codes, Amazon, and Cyber Monday deals. You can easily have your Turkey and shop, too.
What about you? Will you be out Black Friday shopping or sleeping in?