Published on November 28th, 2013 | by Kailei Carr


2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping Survival Guide

2013 Black Friday Cyber Monday Shopping GuideBy Kailei C.

Happy Thanksgiving! We know that once you’re belly is full of turkey you will likely have one thing on your mind: Black Friday shopping. As many of you know, shopping is my sport and it is one thing that I have perfected over the years. To make things easier for you, I’ve compiled of my tips and tricks to help you survive the holiday shopping season:

  1. Avoid the doorbusters unless you’re prepared. Though those doorbuster deals sound amazing, waiting in line with hundreds of people ready to take anyone down who gets in their way may not be the best way to spend your day after Thanksgiving morning. Really think about if your life is worth braving the lines and angry shoppers.
  2. Check out retailers open on Thanksgiving evening. More and more retailers are opening on Thanksgiving evening and, though I could be wrong, I predict the crowds won’t be too obnoxious. If you are willing to go out after dinner, here’s my advice: set your expectations low and do a drive by to Macy’s, Toys “R” Us, Target or Walmart and see how the crowds look. If it looks too crazy, go home.
  3. Do a mid-morning mall run. Many retailers have special deals before noon on Black Friday, so it may work in your favor to check them out. For instance, last year I got some great 40%+ deals at Banana Republic that ended at noon.
  4. Don’t forget the outlets. Outlet mall shopping is one efficient way to get your holiday shopping done. Many retailers offer 30% and up, especially early in the day. However, even though many outlet malls open at midnight on Thanksgiving night, I would avoid it. I will never forget going to an outlet mall outside of Chicago at 11:45pm Thanksgiving night a few years ago. It was such a madhouse that the only parking available was across the street at a hotel. As I was getting out of the car about to walk across a very busy intersection it hit me what madness I was walking into. I promptly regained my sense, got back in the car and headed home. I want the next day after daylight and still got some decent deals. But if you’re up for braving the crowds, I would recommend arriving at least an hour early.
  5. Shop online instead. For the past several years we have seen Black Friday become the pinnacle in store shopping day while the Monday after Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday, has become the pinnacle online shopping day. This year we’re seeing many retailers shaking things up and offering online deals on and even before Black Friday. Retailers from The Limited to Banana Republic and Amazon have had super sales all week long. A part of this is likely due to Thanksgiving falling later in the month than previous years, truncating the available holiday shopping period.
  6. Just wait. I know many people like to get their holiday shopping out of the way as soon as possible, but it may pay to procrastinate. I’ve always found the best shopping days to be the final days leading up to Christmas. Other than those doorbuster deals, this is the time when retailers get desperate to get rid of their holiday inventory. If you can wait until Christmas Eve, do it! You may not have the best selection of items, but you will have the best pre-Christmas prices. But do you want to know the time of year to get the best bargains? December 26-29. This is when retailers are trying to get things out of the stores to prepare for spring inventory. Prices often are slashed 50% or more! So, if you have gifts that can wait until after Christmas Day, need to purchase some items for yourself or even have early 2014 gifts to buy, this is the time to do it.
  7. Resources: has a list of a lot of the online and in-store deals. Here are a few of the deals we’ve found across the web:

 Joe’s Jeans: Use promo code BLACK40 for 40% off now

J Crew Factory Store: 50% off everything + free shipping when you spend $50 or more.  Samsung 32-inch 720p LED television for $229.99 (regularly $419.99)

Best Buy:

  • Samsung 65-inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $999.99 (regularly $1,499.99)
  • $150 off all MacBook Airs
  • iPad Air Wi-Fi 16GB for $449.99 (regularly $499.99)
  • Nikon Coolpix S800c $129.99 (regularly $349.99) Black Friday Deals Week deals (new deal every 10 minutes)

Walmart (link to full ad circular)

  • Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses for $499
  • Leapfrog LeapPad 2 for $39.99 (regularly 79.99)
  • iPad Mini (2012) for $299 (includes bonus $100 gift card)

Target (link to full ad circular)

  • Samsung 55-inch 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $697.99 (regularly $899.99)
  • 7-inch Nook HD 8GB for $79.99 (regularly $129)

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Kailei is the co-founder of The Vyne. She is an expert shopper, digital marketer and has conducted extensive research on African American women.

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