Recently, I wrote about the benefits of reading the leaked Black Friday ads. The main thrust of the post was that you can tame your impulse purchases. Very true, and I think it’s more than enough reason to scope out the deals early.
But I forgot another biggie: Checking out the merchandise.
This week, we visited a few stores to check out the wares. It helped me pare down my Black Friday list further. There are a couple of items that I was able to cross off because it didn’t look as good in person as it did online.
I was also able to get a price comparison.
Both Kohl’s and Kmart are discounting microfleece PJ pants by 50%. Great. But Kohl’s prices them at $32.99, whereas Kmart has ’em for $16.99.
And I’d much rather pay $8.50 than $16.50. I’m kooky like that.
I’d been interested in the $39.99 stereo offer — one of Best Buy’s doorbusters. I wrote down the model number and visited the store. A two-minute chat with an employee made it clear that the item wasn’t what I was looking for.
I probably wouldn’t have bothered waiting in line for it anyway, but now I can avoid the line with a clear conscience.
That said, I’m still hitting Walmart at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, assuming the strike doesn’t happen. I’ll be getting the Rubbermaid containers ($7), the small slow cooker ($4) and a copy of Despicable Me on Blu-Ray ($9). There are still one or two smaller items I’m considering, but those are the definite buys.
The rest of the items may be available online, which means less stress and cash back. Fingers crossed.
So, for those of you braving the Black Friday crowds, what items are on your list?