Reply To This For A Chance To Win 1 of 3 BFAds Golden Shirts

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Postby hiker » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:29 am

1) do your research. Not all sales are as big a deal as they make it seem. Sometimes, prices are raised before marking sale prices.

2) check reviews before purchasing. Don't buy a cheap priced item so that you can complain its not very good even though all reviews for item would've told you it wasn't a very good item.

3) do most of your shopping online. A few years back, I started more and more online shopping. Do everything online now.. (and send my wife in to stores to brave the cold and the crowds).

(Thanks for all you do bfads. Just realized next year, I will have been here a full decade! )

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Postby pdavis » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:34 am

1. Get your ads ahead of time from bfads.net so you can make a game plan.
2. dress in layers, especially if you're camping out overnight, but planning to shop through the next day
3. Pay with cash, but keep it and your id in a front pocket of your jeans/pants.
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Postby Chipper112 » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:40 am

1. Research! Know what you're looking for and find the best deal. Remember the Lenovo notebooks from BB in 2011? Sometimes it's not always worth it to pay bottom price for something. Also know the layout of where you're going to be shopping (mall, parking lot, store, ect.) and what time they open.

2. Be prepared. Make sure you have everything you're going to need or might want. Gas in the car, money, ads (or ad scans), your list, snacks and extra sweatshirts if you're lining up. Know where the closest bathroom and coffee will be. We also keep camping chairs in our trunk- which came in handy one year!

3. Have fun and act as if nothing is guarenteed. While it would be amazing if you were the only one going for a hot ticket item , chances are your aren't. Be happy for what you were able to grab and don't get too upset for those items that you didn't. Also be prepared for long checkout lines. You and everyone else are going to want to leave the store at the same time. Sometimes it seems as we've been standing in the checkout line longer than we were lined up for!

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Postby BeachGirlShops » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:54 am

1. Do your homework ahead of time and have detailed lists for each "major" store you plan to go to.
2. Bring a friend, family or shopping buddy to help out. (It helps to drive an SUV or a large vehicle with lots of trunk room to store your deals out of site too.)
3. Bring the printed ads with you just in case you need to verify items. It can get confusing and sometimes the store employees aren't available to help.

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Postby BeachGirlShops » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:57 am

teknoge3k wrote:
blue3715 wrote:1. don't buy on impulse, know what you need before you go


I disagree with this. If you want it, buy it. You can always take it back and get your money back. You can't go back and get those savings though.



Been there, done that! I agree 100%!

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Postby BFVet » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:41 pm

1. Planning to efficiently get out of the store is just as critical as planning to get in and around the store.

2. Don't forget to check office supply stores for computers and components. They often have better prices (and always have easier lines) than Best Buy or Wal*Mart

3. Don't waste time deciding on something at the store. Just buy it and return it later if you change your mind. Of course, make sure you know which stores have stupid return policies and don't do this at those.

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Postby Bexx » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:55 pm

1. Make a list and check it twice. LOL
2. Narrow down list to fit in budget and compare it with wish lists
3. Be prepared to be quick and to wait!! = )

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Postby drinkgreen » Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:45 pm

1) Scope out the store the night before the Sales start. Sometimes the stores move things around, and some shoppers have tried moving popular items to a "secret" spot that they can reach. Also, you may get a head up about how the line will work (arrows on the ground) so you'll know where to look for the end of it when you are heading out.

2) If you are shopping for clothes, know EXACTLY what are you going in for. Brand, color, size, etc. If its for yourself, try it on the night before.

3) Use the buddy system whenever possible. Know who is going for what, and then whoever gets done first goes to hold their spot in the checkout line.


These tips will speed up your in-store time immensely, making it just grab and go, and you'll be in, out, and off to the next store quicker.

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Postby jeanerz13 » Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:03 pm

Mine would be tips for scavengers...

1. Don't get your heart set on big ticket items...if you're going out late enough to be considered a Black Friday scavenger, you aren't gonna get the big doorbusters.

2. Keep a list of the items that interest you. The list should include ad page number and store. This way you check out all the things you want and don't browse the stuff you've already decided against.

3. Plan the route so you can loop around town efficiently instead of going from one end to the other and back again.

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Postby CrazyTrain » Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:06 pm

1) Make a list and double check it against the real ad.
2) Bring a big huge reusable bag to stuff your items in.
3) If you are a lady, don't bring a honkin huge purse. Just slip your id, cards, cash, etc in your pocket and go.

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Postby lovebf » Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:51 pm

1. Follow BFAds.net for all the upcoming and current deals

2. Make a list of the most important with times and stores to ORGANIZE oneself prior

3. Hit Black Friday head on, with your BFAds shirt of course :wink: and utilize family and friends to spread out if need be to get your deals.

Have fun

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Postby mechimpaired » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:17 pm

1) Login to bfads daily from Mid-October- BF to have the correct ads, the correct time frames, and to make your own shopping list with the ads. Follow the hot deals section after holidays.
2) Make a speadsheet or utilize some fellow message board's nifty creation to create your list, your plan, and stay within budget while feeling organized to enjoy the MISSION.
3) Keep a certain amount of $$$ set aside for extra "impulse" buys such as extra towels or sheet set for your own home.

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Postby bfshoppermom » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:23 pm

1) Use bfads to research what stores are offering and times of sales.
2) Make a list of priority items and know where they will be stocked (maps/scout ahead)
3) Dont get you heart broken over one missed doorbuster.... enjoy the experience (after all it is all just stuff.)

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Postby kobiezma » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:29 pm

1. Don't waste time with a shopping cart.
2. Bring a partner.
3. Don't drink anything so you won't have to stop to use the bathroom.

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Postby tinytim35 » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:02 pm

1. keep up with BFAds.net all year!
2. figure out what you MUST have and make that your priority.
3. go to JCP to get your snowglobe.


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