Fashion Finds: Holiday Sales Week 2

I am bringing you tons of amazing deals and sales again this week.  Pre-Black Friday sales are ago everywhere.  There are so many good things at incredible prices right now.  Check out some of these deals that I found for you. Target currently has  pajama sets for $20, select boots for 30% off, and sweaters for as low as $10! I chose a couple from each category that I love but there are so many more! Kohl’s has women’s tops and sweaters from $4.99-$9.99, select coats and jacketsare 50-70% off, select boots for $19.99 and under, and so much more. Express and Old Navy have 50% off the entire store. Finally, I just had to throw in Trades of Hope’s current Black Friday sale because there is no better gift than the one that keeps on giving!  Over 90 items are marked 50-70% off.  

TARGET

Thermal Pajama Set/Henley Pajama Set/Lace-Up Hiking Boots/Fashion Boots/Turtleneck Pullover/Crewneck Pullover Sweater

KOHL’S

Tek Gear Fleece Hoodie/Sonoma Essential V-Neck Tee/Halitech Hooded Puffer Jacket/Nine West Single Breasted Wool Blend Coat/SO Knee High Boots/SO Ankle Boots

EXPRESS

Ruched Sleeve Sweatshirt/Embellished Drawstring Hoodie/Balloon Sleeve Banded Bottom Fleece Sweatshirt/Cozy Belted Jumpsuit/Chunky Balloon Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater

OLD NAVY

Oversized Bouclé Crew Neck Sweater/Classic Plaid Flannel Shirt/High-Waisted Built-In Warm Skinny Jeans/Plaid Sherpa Peacoat/Sherpa Sweatshirt/Frost-Free Zipper Puffer Jacket

TRADES OF HOPE

Ginkgo Topaz Cuff/Trove Cuff/Anika Earrings/Geo Hoop Earrings/Reflections Necklace/Onyx Necklace

Happy shopping!

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Fashion Finds: Holiday Sales Week 1

Normally this time of year, I am sharing with you my Black Friday tips and tricks. However, it’s 2020 and we know things aren’t normal.  As COVID cases are starting to rise again, many states are adding back some restrictions.  Our governor announced Friday that he is putting some on us as well.  Social gatherings have been limited to 25 people and new mask rules now apply.  One article I read even said he was encouraging virtual Thanksgivings.  As of right now businesses are still able to operate, but I don’t know for how long. Plus, I am not so sure I am willing to go out and brave the holiday shopping crowds, and I am almost positive I am not doing my typical Black Friday shopping this year.  That means that the majority of my Christmas shopping is going to be online, and I have a feeling that most of yours will be too.  We are in luck, though, because many stores have recognized that people are going to be shopping a little differently this year and are already putting out Black Friday Pre-sales online. Each week, I am going to be bringing you some great deals that I find on really cute pieces.  Today I have my top 5 picks from 5 of my favorite stores offering pre-sales.  There are some incredible deals here.  Keep in mind that I don’t know how long the sales will last and stock will sell out on some because the deals are that good.  

LOFT OUTLET

Marled Moto Coat/Leopard Print Raglan Sweater/Button Sleeve Sweater Dress/Spotted Side Zip Booties/Tulip Hem Skinny Jeans

J. CREW FACTORY (Extra 10% off some items with code QUICKDEAL)

City Coat/High Rise Skinny Jeans/Sherpa Pullover/Button-Collar Pullover Sweatshirt/Artist Tee

PINK LILY (40% off)

Striped Duster Cardigan/Cinnamon Sweater/Striped Sweater/Jumpsuit/Spotted Rust Blouse

TARGET

Open Front Cardigan/Cable Stitch Pullover Sweater/Belted Puffer Jacket/Microfleece Pullover Sweater/Colorblock Open Front Cardigan

NEW YORK & CO

Puffer Vest/Bateau-Neck Dolman Sweater/Seamed Puffer Jacket/Faux Leather Moto Jacket/High-Waisted Leggings

Happy shopping!

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Black Friday Tips 2019

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and we have officially entered the biggest shopping season of the year.  It is certainly the most magical time of the year.  I am a HUGE Black Friday shopper.  It is when I get the bulk of my shopping done.  I know that some of you avoid it like the plague and can’t imagine fighting the crowds.  I totally get that, but I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks that I have learned through the years, that actually make this a day that I look forward to and one that I really enjoy. I shared a similar list last year, but I wanted to share it again with a few updates.  

Study and Prepare

The key to a successful Black Friday shopping event is to be prepared.  Start by making a list of everyone you need to get a gift for.  Don’t leave anyone out.  Then brainstorm ideas of possible things that you can get for each person. Having an idea of what you need to buy for everyone on your list will save you time in the long run. Yes, I know that there are always those people on your list that are hard to buy for and that you have no idea what to get.  It is okay to have a few of those, but do not go into Black Friday without some kind of idea for a least the majority of your list. Then, start looking at all of the leaked Black Friday deals to see if you can find the best deals for each person on the list.  Looking through the ads may even give you some ideas for those hard to shop for people.  Then make sure you grab a newspaper on Thanksgiving Day.  This will be filled with all of the adds.  You can also usually find some great coupons in the paper as well.  This will help you with your list too. Check out these sights for some of the Black Friday ads that have already been released.  

Target/Walmart/Best Buy/Belk/JC Penny/Macy’s/Nordstrom/Sephora/Ulta/Amazon/Michael’s/AC Moore/Hobby Lobby/Dick’s Sporting Goods/Lowes/Black Friday

Make a Game Plan

Once you have your lists and have found where all the best deals are, you will need to make a game plan.  Decide which stores you need to go to, and then prioritize them.  If you need to get an item that you know is going to sell out, make sure you go to that store first.  This will likely be the hot ticket toys and electronics.  Other things like clothes, jewelry, and shoes can wait until later in the day.  Those things are not as likely to sell out right away. Make sure you check the ads carefully for door buster items that are only on sale for a short period of time.  You want to make sure you hit those windows at the right time.  

Set a Budget and Stick to it

This is part of the game plan I mentioned above but deserves its own tip.  Have an idea of what you want to spend on each person on your list and try to stick to it. Trust me, you will thank me later if you follow this tip.  It will help you not overspend. Make sure you plan for meals and snacks for the day too.  Also, don’t forget to include a little extra so you can pamper yourself when you see that must have pair of shoes or adorable sweater on sale. 

Go to Bed Early and Get up Early

Make sure that you go to bed early on Thursday night. Even you if plan to do some shopping on Thursday night, don’t stay out too late if you are planning to go again on Friday.   Some stores will be opening as early as 6:00 Thanksgiving night, but I typically like to wait to go on Friday so I can spend time with my family for Thanksgiving.  I can tell you from experience, the more rest you can get ahead of time, the better.  Black Friday shopping is exhausting.  If you are going to go out on Black Friday at all, you need to go early.  The best deals, including door busters, start early.  I feel like this is the best way to ensure you can get everything done and still have time to shop for yourself too! 

Shop with a Friend or Family Member

Some of my best memories have been Black Friday shopping with my mom and sister every year as adults.  It really became a tradition for us.  From the Starbucks and Chick fil a first thing in the morning to the peppermint bark at Hallmark at the end of the day when we are exhausted, we have the best time.  We laugh a lot and really just get to spend time together that we don’t get very often.  I highly recommend that you brave the crowds with a friend or family member.  It can be so much fun. Plus, one person can be a space holder in a long line while the other runs to grab items. Last year, I did not get to go with my mom and sister and went by myself.  I have to admit that I did not enjoy it nearly as much.  It was more business than fun when I did it alone, so go with a loved one and just have fun.  I do recommend that you leave your kids at home.  You will not accomplish much if your kids are in tow.  They will be tired and bored, and meltdowns will ensue. You will be miserable and so will they.  However, if your kids are adults, go for it.  

Dress Comfortable

Black Friday is not the day to look cute.  You are going to be doing a ton of walking and you need comfortable shoes.  My go to outfit is jeans and tennis shoes, or leggings and comfortable, flat boots.  Dress in layers.  It might be chilly early in the morning, but it will be so hot in some stores from the crowds that you can’t stand it. I recommend a sweater or sweatshirt over a t-shirt that you can tie around your waist. Leave the jackets in the car. Just remember that whatever layers you take off, you will have to carry around with you.  

Hydrate and Feed your Body

This is probably one of the most important tips.  Make sure you take time to eat and hydrate.  It will certainly help to have fueled your body when the end of the day rolls around.  Don’t hesitate to splurge on a few goodies as well.  A warm donut, cookie or pretzel will go a long way at lifting your spirits when you are tired.  

Choose Your Purse Carefully

This is so important because you will be lugging it around all day.  You don’t want a big heavy purse that weighs you down when you are tired.  I like to take a small crossbody purse with just the essentials.  You do not need to carry everything that you normally carry in your purse day to day.  Clean it out and only bring the things you need for that day.  Your shoulders will thank you later! I prefer crossbody purses for shopping because it is harder for someone to grab and steal it from you when it is across your body and over your head.  Plus, it seems to be a little easier on the shoulders with the weight distribution.

Don’t be Afraid of Lines

I know the long lines can be daunting, but most of them will move faster than you think.  These stores are typically prepared for the influx of shoppers and have extra people on hand to make it run as smoothly and quickly as possible. 

Have Fun

The number one rule for a successful Black Friday is to remember to have fun.  Go out there and enjoy shopping for others.  Remember why you are giving them a gift to begin with and know that it will likely put a smile on their face. Don’t forget that you can also do a little shopping for yourself too. You deserve it! I really believe that the experience is about more than just finding the best deal.  It is about making memories that will last a lifetime.  Go out there, shop till you drop, and have the best time ever!

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Cyber Monday Steals and Deals

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It is beginning to look like Christmas at my house.  You guys know that I wanted to decorate early this year, but it just didn’t happen. The tree finally went up yesterday and the girls decorated it last night.  Now I just have to get everything else out and up.  I hope you all had a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving full of family, friends, and good food.  We enjoyed a nice, quiet Thanksgiving as a family of four at home this year.  We typically travel to see family but decided this year that we weren’t up to fighting all the traffic to get back home.  While I did miss all of our family at home and the traditional shopping trip with my mom and sister, I will say that it was kind of nice to spend time with just the 4 of us.

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I don’t know if you all kept up with me on Facebook and Instagram last week, but I posted my Black Friday shopping escapades on my stories.  I decided to begin my trek on Thursday evening.  I know! Some of you think it is crazy that the shopping begins on Thanksgiving Day now, and I used to feel that way too.  I think I have changed my mind after this year. Unfortunately, because of where I live, the stores are all spread out in different areas of town.  To be the most efficient, I decided to hit one side on Thursday night to get it all done and then the other side on Friday morning.  I actually had planned to only go to Old Navy and Kohl’s on Thursday, but the experience was so pleasant that, I decided to hit Bath and Body Works and Target as well.  It was not nearly as crowded as it typically is when I go Black Friday shopping on Fridays. I didn’t have to wait in line at Old Navy or Bath and Body Works at all.  There were definitely more people in Kohl’s but even that wait in line was only about 10 minutes.  I hit Target last and it was eerily quiet there.  There was hardly anyone shopping.  However, I could tell that they had a rush earlier in the evening because there were several empty shelves and it was kind of a mess everywhere else. I was able to get all of the things that I wanted so it didn’t bother me.  I headed out to shop around 6:00 PM and was back home by around 11:00 PM.  Since I got so much done Thursday night, I decided not to get up at the crack of dawn on Friday. Nothing that I had left on my list was a door buster or an item that I feared would sell out.  I headed out around 8:30 and hit up Walmart and another Target (Hey, it’s my favorite store! What can I say?). Neither one was crazy busy and the lines were great. After that I did a little online shopping. I am happy to report that I’m done with my Christmas shopping except for a couple of people who I have no clue what to get.  Overall, I would say that this year’s Black Friday shopping was a success!

I got so many great items at amazing prices. I wanted to show you my top 10 steals and deals that I got for myself while out shopping. With today being Cyber Monday, most of these things are still on sale, and I thought you might want to snag them for yourself.  I am sure most of these things will make an appearance on the blog at another date put together in an outfit, so stay tuned. Old Navy is still doing 50% off everything in the store today online. Bath and Body Works is also having a Cyber Monday Sale.  The entire store is 40% off online only.  Belk has free shipping today on all orders and an extra 30% off of many regular and sale priced items through tomorrow with the code CYBERSALE30. Target is offering 15% off all orders at Target.com. Hurry before all of these things sell out or the deals are over!

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1. Pink Bomber Jacket $25.05 (Cyber Monday Deal)

I have had my eye on this jacket for a couple of weeks.  I saw it online but was hesitant to order it without trying it on and seeing what it looked like on me.  Boy was I happy when I got to Old Navy and saw it on the clearance rack. It is adorable on and I cannot wait to wear it.  It’s silky on the inside and a warm, soft, felt-like material on the outside. Plus it is this great rosey pink color.

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2. High Rise Ponte-Knit Stevie Pants Leopard Print $20.05 (Cyber Monday Deal)

These pants were an unexpected find while shopping at Old Navy. I had planned to get a pink velvet pair, which I did get as well, but I saw these next to them and fell in love.  They are so cute on and can be dressed up for the holidays or work and dressed down for any occasion.  They fit like leggings with an elastic waistband and are sooo cute! They are also available in a polka dot pattern. The actual print on the pants is a velvet material.

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3. Ankle Booties $20.06 (Cyber Monday Deal)

I did go into Old Navy looking for these cute boots, and they did not disappoint.  There are several colors available, but I got the Dark Taupe.  They fit great and are comfortable to wear.

4. Romper $20.06 (Cyber Monday Deal)

This was another unexpected find at Old Navy.  I have never really been a huge romper fan.  I do have a couple but overall, I don’t usually like the fit on me. I am very long-waisted and rompers sometimes just don’t fit me like they should.  On a whim, I decided to try this one on for the fun of it.  You guys, it is so cute on and it fit me perfectly. I’m not sure that I will get much wear out of it now as it is a thin material and short sleeve, but I will definitely be rocking it in the spring and summer!

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5. Burgundy Tote with Goodies

Unfortunately, I do not believe that this tote of goodies is still available, but I wanted to show it to you as motivation to get out there and shop the Black Friday sales next year.  Every year, Bath and Body Works has some sort of bag that you can purchase for $30 if you spend $30 on other products.  The bag is typically filled with products worth around $125.  I have taken advantage of this deal every year for several years now. On Black Friday, they always have the “Buy 3, Get 3 Free” deal.  If you take advantage of this deal, you will hit your $30 and can then get the special bag of goodies for only $30. To me, that deal is too good to pass up.  I stock up on all my favorites for the entire year and then get a cute tote bag too.  Every year, the bag gets cuter and cuter.  Last year’s bag was a big rose gold glitter tote that I use all the time and love. I know this one will be the same. As you can see, the products that came in this year’s bag are just as awesome as the bag.  It has a 3 wick candle, body spray, body wash, and more. If you don’t like any of the scents that you get in the bag, they will typically let you trade it in for a different scent on another day, which is awesome! You could also give it as a gift if you don’t want to go to the trouble of exchanging it.  These products make great teacher gifts or stocking stuffers. I have to say, though. This year’s spread was really good.  There isn’t a scent in there that I don’t love.

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6. Nine West Levona Crossbody $29.50 (Cyber Monday Deal)

I think I mentioned in my Black Friday post last week that I usually love to shop at Belk on Black Friday.  Well, there is no Belk anywhere near me so I had to do a little online shopping to get my Belk fix.  To my surprise, they actually started their door buster Black Friday sales about a week early.  I was able to snag this really cute crossbody purse for only $29.50, and it is still on sale for that price today! What? Go grab it because I don’t know how long it will be on sale.  It also comes in black, olive, and pink.

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7. Rampage Ivenn Riding Boots $19.99 (Cyber Monday Deal)

One of my favorite things to get at Belk on Black Friday is shoes, especially boots, because their sale is always so good. This year was no different.  I actually scored 3 pairs of boots for the low price of $19.99 each.  That is unheard of for tall boots! Guess what? They are still on sale for the same price today through tomorrow! These are my favorite ones of the 3 that I ordered, but you can check out the others here and here.

8. Time and Tru Hammered Textured Tri Tone Necklace $7

This piece is unfortunately sold out online at $4, but it is still available in stores for $7.  You guys, this is from Walmart!!!  I’m not kidding! It’s very pretty, looks great on, and you can’t beat that price.

9. Wool Duffel Coat $55.24 (Cyber Monday Deal)

This coat is so cute and super warm.  It comes in three colors (red, black, and tan). I was so tempted to get it in red because it is so cute.  However, I decided to be practical and get it in tan since it would go with more things. Seriously, though, how cute is the red one? I hope I don’t regret not getting it!

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10. Maya Wallet $26.00 (Cyber Monday Deal)

A friend recently introduced me to a company called Trades of Hope that I hope to feature on the blog one day soon. This is an amazing company that helps women all over the world in countries where there is so much poverty by empowering these women to be the heroes of their own stories.  Their mission is to end poverty across the world by employing these women in low economic areas to create these beautiful products. These wallets are one of a kind and are handmade by a beautiful woman in Guatemala.  While you are there, check out the other items that are available. These wallets are limited edition and will sell out soon so get yours now! I can’t wait to get mine!

Do you see something here that you just have to have? What things did you score on Black Friday that you love? Tell me in the comments below. I am so excited about all of my purchases! Go check out these deals and more today for Cyber Monday.  There are so many great deals out there that are too good to pass up!

P.S. If you are interested in Rodan + Fields, I have extended my Black Friday Sale until Friday, November 30 at 11:59 PM.  Any items you earn for free from the sale will be shipped separately from me. Happy shopping!

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Black Friday Tips and Tricks

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Hello my loyal readers! I hope you all are gearing up for Thanksgiving this week with a little time off of work and out of school.  I know I am ready for it.  My Christmas decorations are for sure going up this week, and I can’t wait! I know that I normally do a style post on Mondays, but I decided that I would do something different today instead.  One of the biggest shopping days of the year is 4 days away so I wanted to talk to you a little bit about how to shop for great deals for your family and friends but also for clothing for yourself on Black Friday. For a shop-a-holic like me, this is one of the best days of the year!  How many of you go out and brave the shops? Do you start on Thursday or do you wait for Friday?  My mom, sister, and I have made it a tradition to head out early Friday morning every year and shop until we literally drop.  We always start with a quick trip to Starbucks (hot chocolate only for me), and then we hit Chick-fil-a right next door for some yummy Chicken Minis for breakfast.  Who doesn’t love Chicken Minis from Chick-fil-a? They are so good! Another big tradition that day for us is stopping by the Hallmark store to pick up some of their peppermint bark for another yummy treat.  We also like to get some warm cookies from the Great American Cookie Company.  Yes, we eat a lot on Black Friday. Hey, shopping all day in the crazy crowds is exhausting and we work up an appetite! I promise you that we walk it all off! Black Friday shopping with the two of them holds some of my favorite memories. There might be a really funny story of one of us being very pregnant while Black Friday shopping and laughing so hard that the preggo peed in her pants in the shoe department of Target. I won’t say which one of us it was, but I am sure you can guess. I’m not sure that we have ever laughed so hard. What a fun time that was! I am sad to say, though, that I won’t be able to go with them this year as we have decided not to travel down for Thanksgiving this year. I haven’ t decided yet if I will brave it alone on Black Friday here or not this year.  I don’t know if I will be in the mood to do it by myself but I probably won’t be able to resist it.  We will see.

Now, I know that most of you that head out for Black Friday shopping are focused on getting gifts for others at great deals, especially if you have kids.  Well, let me tell you that you should also take the time to focus on yourself while Black Friday shopping.  Honestly, I actually do the majority of shopping for my kids online before Black Friday. It’s just easier that way.  I find that trying to shop for toys on Black Friday is pretty chaotic.  Plus, it never fails that my youngest want THE HOT TOY of the year, and I know if I don’t purchase it early, I won’t ever et it. This is the day when I get the majority of my wardrobe.  There are so many amazing deals on clothing, shoes, and accessories on this day.  I am on the hunt for new boots this year because the majority of my boots somehow got destroyed in the move.  I don’t know what happened but all of my boots are cracking and peeling.  It’s crazy! Anyway, if you don’t want to brave the crowds, most stores also have great deals online.  Some have even started their sales already. I personally prefer to try things on in the store, but that is totally up to you.  Here are some of my tips for getting the most for your money on Black Friday.

1. Study and Prepare:

All this week before you head out on Friday, look at all of the leaked Black Friday ads online, and be sure to get a newspaper on Thursday.  That’s where all of the printed ads will be, and some stores put coupons in the paper that are good on that day.  Macy’s is one of those stores that always has coupons in the Thursday paper. Compare prices.  You want to make sure you are getting the best deal. Check out these sights for a link to all of your the Black Friday sneak peeks.

2. Make a list:

Make a list of all of the things you need to get for others first. Note what stores have the best deal on those items. Prioritize the list in order of importance. Then add to the list things that you would like to have for yourself (boots for me). Shopping without a list will cause you to buy items that you had not intended to buy.  You can’t go into the day blind.  You have to know what you are looking for.  I always make a list for each of my kids of all the things they have asked for. Then I highlight the things that I plan to or have already ordered for them, and I will pass was is left on the list to family. Then I make a list of all of the other people that I have to buy gifts for.  Make sure you have everyone on the list.  If I have an idea for that person, I will right it down. Otherwise I just have their name listed so I don’t forget to look for something.  I also know about how much I want to spend on those people so I am prepared when I am looking.

3. Make a Game Plan

From the ads, make a game plan. The ads will tell you what time the door buster specials start and end. Using your list, map out the order of what stores you are going to visit. Decide which stores have the must have items and go to those first. Checkout the door buster deals that are only available for a certain time period. Be sure to check coupons too. They are often limited to a certain time period as well.  Just prioritize! It is always better to go with a plan than the head out blindly. Otherwise, you will miss some of the items that you really want or you will end up buying things on the fly that you don’t really want.

4. Go to bed early on Thursday

Black Friday shopping is exhausting. If you can, try to go to bed early so you can get as much rest as possible.  It should be easy to fall asleep with a full belly of all the Thanksgiving goodies you have eaten all day. If you do go out shopping on Thursday, don’t stay out late if you are planning to go out on Friday too.  You need sleep.  I personally prefer to go just on Friday as I look at Thanksgiving day as time with my family that I don’t want to give up.

5. Get up Early

The earlier you can get started, the more likely you are to be able to get all of the things on your list. I personally believe that going early is the key to being able to have time to shop for yourself.  If you hit all of the stores early and get the things that you need for everyone else, you will be able to shop for yourself later in the day.

6. Shop with a friend or family member

Being with others is so much more fun.  Plus, one of you can hold a place in a very long line while the other one runs to get the things you need.  This will save you time later on.

7. Don’t bring your kids

If you have small children, do not bring them with you.  They will only slow you down and make shopping miserable for you and them. They will get tired. They will get bored. They will have meltdowns. This is not the day to go visit Santa. Leave them all at home!

8. Dress comfortably

This is not the day to dress up. This is not the day to wear heels.  This is not the day to wear a dress.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Jeans and tennis shoes or leggings and flat boots with a sweater are my go-tos for Black Friday.  Trust me! It is also a good idea to dress in layers.  Sometimes it is cold when you head out early in the morning but it is going to be hot in the stores.  There are so many people shopping that all of the body heat often makes the stores feel like a sauna.  Just remember that whatever layers you shed, you have to carry them with you.  I don’t recommend wearing a big bulky coat that you will have to carry.

9. Be willing to stay all day

Most stores will continue their sales all day and sometimes into Saturday.  This means that you can still shop for yourself in the evening.  You will still get amazing deals late in the day. If you really want to get the most out of Black Friday shopping, you should plan to stay all day.  My mom, sister, and I always end the day with a late dinner and then head home exhausted, but it’s always worth it.

10. Hydrate and Fuel

Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day and don’t forget to stop for meals. Most places will give you water for free. Don’t forget to stop and eat lunch, and splurge on those goodies like the ones I mentioned above too.  You deserve it for all the craziness you will endure on Black Friday.

11. Set a Budget and Stick to It

If you make a game plan and have done your preparations beforehand, you will know about how much money you will need to get the items on your list.  Then add a little extra for those items that you see for yourself. I personally like to go with cash and try not to spend more than that amount. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but I really like to try to stay within my budget.  Just don’t forget to budget for unexpected items, food, and things for yourself.

12. Choose your Purse Carefully

Trust me! You do NOT want to be lugging around a big heavy purse.  Using a smaller one is less weight on your shoulders. Include only the things that you need for shopping.  You don’t need all of the things that you carry in your purse on a regular basis, and you don’t need a big full, heavy wallet. Just bring the essentials.  I recommend a crossbody purse because it is harder for someone to steal your purse if it is around your body, and it prevents you from setting it down in a buggy where someone can grab it easily when you aren’t looking.

13. Hold on to your Phone

Do not put your phone down anywhere! Even if you go to the bathroom! Do not set it down anywhere! Trust me! Two years ago on Black Friday, I went to the bathroom in Toys R Us with my phone in my back pocket.  Well, when I was in the stall, I set my phone on top of the toilet paper holder so it wouldn’t fall into the toilet.  I walked out without my phone.  Less than a minute later it was gone when I went back to get it.  Yep, someone stole it and I never got it back.  That added a ton of stress to the day and really ruined my mood to keep shopping.  Don’t be dumb like me! Keep it in your purse!

14. Don’t be Afraid of Lines

Yes, I know the lines are dreadful and no one wants to stand there.  I promise you that it will be worth it in the long run. They do often run faster than you think.  These retailers have experience and know what it takes to get as many people through the lines as possible.

15. Shop for Yourself

As I said earlier, Black Friday is when I get the best deals on clothing, shoes, and accessories for myself.  There are so many great deals out there.  You just have to find them. Use some of my styles I have shown you as inspiration.  Check out my Pinterest Boards for more style inspiration. My favorite places to shop for myself on Black Friday where I get the best deals are the following:

  • Old Navy-They usually have the best deals on clothing, and I always tend to get a ton of things from here.

  • Belk-This is a great place to shop for shoes. They typically have a huge sale on shoes.  This is where a lot of my boots come from. I am so bummed that we don’t have one here so I will miss out on this one this year.

  • Target-My favorite store ever! Don’t forget Target as a great place to get clothes and accessories. Don’t just go there shopping for toys. I always find great deals on clothing here as well as accessories like scarves and jewelry. 

  • Bath and Body Works-If you love their lotion, body wash, and hand soaps like I do, Black Friday is the best time to stock up for the entire year.  I’m serious. Black Friday is the only time that I shop at this store. I can get enough items at a huge discount (sometimes free) to last me the whole year.  Look out in the mail for coupons from them too. They allow you to use the coupons on top of the already great deals!

  • Kohl’s-This is another great place to shop for yourself. Whether it is clothes, shoes, purses, or accessories, they have great deals.

  • Rack Room Shoes-This is another great place to shop for shoes that are heavily discounted. 

  • New York and Company-I don’t really shop here as much as I used to when I was working, but I think they are worth mentioning for accessories.  I have found really cute jewelry and purses here on Black Friday. 

  • Victoria’s Secret-I like to go here on Black Friday to stock up on underwear and bras.  They are so expensive normally so this is the best time to get them for a huge discount.

  • Gap, American Eagle, Loft, Banana Republic-I don’t really shop these stores much during the year do to the more expensive prices (unless it is an outlet), but they can have great deals on Black Friday that are worth checking out if you have time. I would leave these to last, though.

16. Have Fun

Above all, have a good time.  Enjoy being with whoever is shopping with you.  Black Friday shopping is just as much about the experience as it is about the great deals.

I hope these tips and tricks will help you have a successful day of shopping, and that it will remind you to shop for yourself too. Yes, Christmas is the season for giving, but you have to remember to give to yourself too.  You deserve it!  Happy shopping everyone! Come back and let me know what cute deals you score!

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