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share your tips for bf shopping and waiting in line

Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 11:50 pm
by jennwestfall1
one tip i want to share: my family plans ahead the night before and maps where to go, who wants what where and times it all out into a manifesto. we spread out at different stores and keep in touch via cell phone, if someone misses out on a deal at one store, we look at our manifesto and call the next best person to advise what to do next. we always take a backpack with a blanket and hot chocolate thermos in it so we can stay warm while waiting outside, then stuff it away when the line starts to move, we always keep our manifesto and all ads with us in the backpack. after all the stores have been hit, we meet for breakfast at Denny's. Its so exciting for us diehards. also, this year i am going to take a softsided bag on wheels because there is never enough carts, and its hard to "run" through the stores and isles with a cart. hope these tips help, please send me some of your tips. thanks

Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 11:55 pm
by PlutoIsTheBest
You have great ideas. I wish I had a group of friends to do BF with, but since we moved, I haven't made any friends. It's just me and Hubby doing BF. I like the backpack idea..

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:45 am
by bfadict
Pick the store with a gas station across the street (bathrooms).
Hit the store on Wednesday evening to do a survey.
Don't linger and avoid a cart if you can.
With 2 people, keep an eye on the line. One person can get in line while the other runs the store. To often I've gotten in quick, to spend hours in line. A quick hit gets you to the next store faster.

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:45 pm
by baxterific
I try to go on the Wednesday before and hide the items I want to come back and purchase on BF. Obviously this only works for items that are already out on the sales floor like toys or clothing. Hide your item behind something else where you can not see it and in an area that looks like the employees may not straighten too often.
This worked for me one year that Target had the $100 Lego Millenium Falcom for $50. I hid it behind a bunch of comforters. I went into the store at 5 AM, went straight to it, and straight to the checkout line. It was awesome.

Don't wash your hair right before leaving the house

Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:49 pm
by pcgeekess1
Oh I remember the first BF I ever did. I had really long hair and never blew it dry. (22 inches donated last year to locks of love kind of long hair) Live on the east coast and at 3 AM took a shower and went straight out to the lines. Well my hair froze into these ice strings. Was all the way behind BB with a friend. I kept saying he would never get the LT but he still wanted to wait. It was so much fun though because from our point in line people would just then see how far back it went. Every person would have a OMG exclaimation. It was funny every single time.

tips for surviving BF

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 3:09 pm
by jennwestfall1
I also have another tip. Buy those little warmers you snap to start the heat and put them in your gloves, socks and hat. They work great and cost so little.

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:12 pm
by crafty
We live in a small town north of Reno, NV. After one white nuckled ride :shock: dodging deer our first year we always book a room in Reno for the night. We used to use the Residence Inn, however they have outpriced themselves. For this shopping adventure we have book the Atlantis Hotel and Casino in the motor lodge (convenient to the car) and also conveniently located one mile from Best Buy, our first target. There are only three of us and with the gas tank full we will use the hotel for our pit stops and we will be able to make coffee in the room. We also bought travel coffee cups that pug into the cigarette lighter and will reheat any beverage. The buffets are wonderful in Reno! We will eat then lounge in the room until around 11 pm and 'camp' out at Best Buy. With cell phones charged we enter the store when it opens at 5 am and split up. One person will get the shopping cart hoovering around the checkout area and the other two run and get the items we want. By 5:20 am we are out the door and onto the next store using the same method each time. Sam's Club, for example is located half a mile from Best Buy but in the same shopping mall as Michaels, Office Max, Super Walmart, and Circuit City (a three store bonanza here). In three hours we can hit six to eight stores based on their popularity and distance. Then we go back to the room for a quick shower and nap. (Breakfast this year will be at Sam's club and is f-r-e-e). Next we pack up and head another buffet lunch/dinner ($7.77 per person at the Grand Sierra). From there it is a hop, skip and jump to Costco/Sams/Winco for our month's worth of groceries. Also worth visiting is the Orowheat Bakery outlet where you can get bread for $1.69 per loaf (buy seven and get one free - fill up your card and get two loaves free). We have two freezers in our garage - just don't freeze the hamburger or hot dog buns (the hotdog buns when defrosted are the size of a Hostess Twinkie!) :P I hope this information helps! Happy Shopping!!!! :D

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:06 pm
by Alias33
crafty wrote:We live in a small town north of Reno, NV. After one white nuckled ride :shock: dodging deer our first year we always book a room in Reno for the night. We used to use the Residence Inn, however they have outpriced themselves. For this shopping adventure we have book the Atlantis Hotel and Casino in the motor lodge (convenient to the car) and also conveniently located one mile from Best Buy, our first target. There are only three of us and with the gas tank full we will use the hotel for our pit stops and we will be able to make coffee in the room. We also bought travel coffee cups that pug into the cigarette lighter and will reheat any beverage. The buffets are wonderful in Reno! We will eat then lounge in the room until around 11 pm and 'camp' out at Best Buy. With cell phones charged we enter the store when it opens at 5 am and split up. One person will get the shopping cart hoovering around the checkout area and the other two run and get the items we want. By 5:20 am we are out the door and onto the next store using the same method each time. Sam's Club, for example is located half a mile from Best Buy but in the same shopping mall as Michaels, Office Max, Super Walmart, and Circuit City (a three store bonanza here). In three hours we can hit six to eight stores based on their popularity and distance. Then we go back to the room for a quick shower and nap. (Breakfast this year will be at Sam's club and is f-r-e-e). Next we pack up and head another buffet lunch/dinner ($7.77 per person at the Grand Sierra). From there it is a hop, skip and jump to Costco/Sams/Winco for our month's worth of groceries. Also worth visiting is the Orowheat Bakery outlet where you can get bread for $1.69 per loaf (buy seven and get one free - fill up your card and get two loaves free). We have two freezers in our garage - just don't freeze the hamburger or hot dog buns (the hotdog buns when defrosted are the size of a Hostess Twinkie!) :P I hope this information helps! Happy Shopping!!!! :D


Are you not gonna put some money in the slot machine? Heck if you play your slot machine right, you might get lucky enough and be able to buy the whole bb.. :lol:

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:56 pm
by DJKezo
We are playing N64 right now and have music going. It's wonderful.