How to Help Your Budget Survive Black Friday


Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two huge shopping days.  The surrounding days and in some cases weeks, are also big times to catch sales on deals on products of all kinds.

It is so easy to blow your budget shopping all those crazy Black Friday deals.

If you have been out to physical stores on Black Friday, emotions are running high and there is this unspoken pressure to buy things that you would not normally think of purchasing.

Here are some tips to shop Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals without blowing your budget or making unnecessary purchases.

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Make a detailed list.

You should not start any shopping on or around Black Friday or Cyber Monday without first making a list of any and all items you are possibly looking to purchase.

Just like any other time you are planning on spending money, you should know what you are planning on purchasing before hand.

A list will keep you focused and allow you to be productive in buying things you actually need.

Think about anything you might be planning on buying in the near future.  Kid items, clothing, appliances or other home purchases, and of course Christmas gifts.

Order your list from most needed to would-like-to-have.

Do your Black Friday research.

Once you have your list, it is time to do research on where you will find the best deal.  My favorite resource is BFAds.net.  This website closely follows all Black Friday sales and provides ad scans from stores, buying guides, and lots more to help you make the best purchase.

Record the prices at different stores and make note of when their sale starts so that you can be sure to be ready in case your item will be in high demand.

When deciding which store is going to have the best deal on your item, consider other factors as well.

If you are ordering online, will you have to pay shipping?  And if so, is it possible for you to buy more than one of your items at that store to make it worth the shipping (or make shipping free for spending above a certain amount)?

If you will be shopping in a physical store, plan your route so that you can be sure to hit up stores with the most in demand items or stores with more than one item on your list first.


Tip: check in with store policies about price matching.  One year I was shopping for a TV around this time and Best Buy was honoring Black Friday prices if you purchased your item within a week before Black Friday.  It was not something they were aggressively advertising, but since I asked about it they let me know.  It saved me the stress of coming to the store in all the madness.   Some stores will also price match Amazon and other online retailers.

And finally, be sure to check the opening times of stores as some open on Thanksgiving night and others not until Friday itself.

Set a firm budget to spend on Black Friday.

Once you have made your list and done your research, be sure you establish your budget.

Hopefully if you are making a large purchase, you have been planning ahead and set aside the money in your budget.  If you are shopping for Christmas, be sure to establish your budget.

In the end, do not buy something just because it is a good deal.  Be sure to stick to the items on your list that you truly need or are buying for Christmas.

Whatever your opinions on the craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the truth of it is that there are good deals out there if you look.  Some deals will sound appealing but if you check around at other stores you will sometimes find that the deal really isn’t any better than a normal sale.

Doing your research ahead of time and sticking to your list and budget are key in being successful.

What is your opinion on stores opening on Thanksgiving ahead of Black Friday?

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3 thoughts on “How to Help Your Budget Survive Black Friday

  • Rita

    Just wanted to thank you for turning me on to IBotta. I have received $530 as of November 20th (10 months).
    I use it every time I grocery shop. It turns out many large retailers-Target, Walmart and Kohls have partnered with IBotta with on line purchasing. Two other instore retailers -Joann Fabric and Hallmark do great 5-20% back promotions on a regular basis.

  • Rita

    Just wanted to thank you for turning me on to IBotta. I have received $530 as of November 20th (10 months).
    I use it every time I grocery shop. In addition to Amazon; It turns out many large retailers-Target, Walmart and Kohls have partnered with IBotta with on line purchasing. Two other instore retailers -Joann Fabric and Hallmark do great 5-20% back promotions on a regular basis.

    • Erin Post author

      That is amazing!! I am glad it has worked out so well for you. Can’t say that I have had that sort of success but it just goes to show that if you are committed you can make back a good amount of money.