black fridayWell here we are again, approaching Thanksgiving with thoughts of turkey, dressing, pies, parades and football. It’s a great holiday that enables us to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives, to share a feast prepared by family and friends, and perhaps to nap after lapsing into a turkey coma. I always wear pants that stretch to allow me to eat, eat, eat, and then eat some more! But I digress.

Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season and retailers have been advertising Black Friday deals for a while now. It seems that the stores open earlier and earlier every year. Some are even opening the evening of Thanksgiving Day!

Usually most of my shopping is wrapped up by the time Thanksgiving gets here and I’m a fan of online shopping, so I don’t have to deal with crowded stores during the holiday season. There are however, many other people that will get up early and fight the crowds to get the best deals.

In the past at my family’s gathering, some of the younger members would discuss their plans for shopping early on Friday. They are eager to get started and look through the ads, both paper and online, with their lists to determine their strategy. I hear them saying things like, let’s hit this store first because it’s closer to get this item, then this store next because it’s next on the route. I’m not sure if they have considered where the items are located that they want in each store, but having this bit of info could potentially shave minutes off of visits to each store.

KSDK is a local St. Louis tv station, and in the past they have posted videos on their website, with maps of some of the larger stores in the area to help develop your shopping strategy. So, check out their website and give thanks for this valuable information on your quest to take advantage of the best Black Friday shopping experience!

There will be some gifts that you aren’t able to nab on Black Friday for a myriad of reasons.  But don’t fret, there’s always Cyber Monday that takes place online the following Monday to continue on your quest for the best deals and the perfect gifts.

What is your strategy for your holiday gift shopping?