I have mixed feelings concerning Black Friday! On one hand I like finding good deals, but on the other hand I don’t like the frantic, crowded conditions associated with the day. Likewise I especially don’t like that employees are now having to work on Thursday as Black Friday is spilling over to Thanksgiving Day. So with those internal tensions in mind I share my approach to the day.
5 Steps in Preparing for Black Friday
- I have no intentions of shopping on Thanksgiving Day. That day will be devoted to celebrating Thanksgiving with family.
- Check out Black Friday ads in advance by searching online for “Black Friday ads” and the name of the stores that are of interest to you.
- Determine in advance what stores you will visit and when you will go.
- Show some moderation in plans. If the day is packed with running from one place to another, ask if that is really worthwhile? Is there that much savings or would it be better to simply buy less? Slow down, plan one’s action and ask how one’s approach lines up with one’s values, not that of the culture’s. For some more shopping may be warranted and for others less.
- Now once a plan is developed this can serve as a template in years to come.
With the previous steps in mind, I will now share my plans for Black Friday.
My Black Friday Plans
At Wiser Dollar I emphasize taking care of home maintenance projects on your own as much as possible. To do so requires tools. The best time to buy tools is Black Friday along with the days to follow.
Already I am looking up Black Friday ads for Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears, True Value and Ace Hardware stores. I will avoid the shopping mall and roads accessing it; that area of town is just too crazy. Now the only exception is if I decide to go to Sears. If I do that it will probably be later in the day and I’ll approach it from the back side of the mall which is closer to Sears and traffic is typically less congested. I will not get up at 4 a.m. or 5 or 6 or even 7 just to shop; that is one morning I can awake without an alarm. I probably won’t search for any Christmas gifts. What I will do is shop for tools.
In anticipation of Black Friday I can go to Lowe’s and Home Depot and see what will be discounted for Black Friday. The displays, filled with products, are already up in the aisles, although the discounted prices are not posted yet. This can help me check items out in person, in advance of the sale day. By the way, the discounted tools will remain discounted after Black Friday, and all the way up to Christmas. However, they may sell out of some beginning the day after Thanksgiving.
This year it looks like Ace will be sending out coupons by email to their Ace Rewards Members. You can sign up online to receive the coupons. I know that there will be a coupon good for 50% off the purchase of one item. In the past there has been a limit to how expensive an item that could be. But it’s worth using for something, even if it is just a box of light bulbs are a roll of duct tape. Purchases can be made for maintenance items that are typically not discounted.
One year True Value published a coupon that was good for 50% off any item with a retail value less than $100. I found a Makita reciprocating saw that had a retail value of $99.99. I got it for $50. That was a great deal. Unfortunately it looks like True Value won’t publish a coupon like that this year. But the Ace coupon is promising.
Sears also has good deals this time of year. I wouldn’t pay retail for a tool at Sears as sales are regular, but the best sales are this time of year. Sears also has a rewards program you can sign up for online. I have ordered online before, with Sears discounting a socket set 50%, plus at that time, by going through Ebates I was able to get free shipping and 6% cash back, along with a small percentage back from my credit card, and earning rewards with the Sears rewards program.
Tools I’d Recommend
Okay, now I have some recommendations. Below are tools that have good prices on Black Friday and are tools that I currently use.
Ace and Lowe’s – Dewalt 20 volt Max Lithium Ion Cordless Compact Drill/Driver Kit – comes with 2 batteries and a bag – $149.99 – 33% = $99.99 – This is a good deal. As a matter of fact this is the price I paid for the same drill a year or two ago. I use this tool weekly to drive screws mainly, but also to drill holes. Next to a few basic hand tools, in my opinion, this is the tool to have. When I purchased it I did save a bit more by using a Lowe’s 10% off coupon that I had purchased from Ebay (Home Depot honored it) along with getting a small percentage cash back on my credit card.
You may notice this same drill discounted at another location on Black Friday but make sure it is the same voltage with the same accessories. Home Depot has this same drill on sale for the same price as Ace and Lowe’s, but at least in the ad, it appears to only have one battery and does not mention the bag. The one at Ace and Lowe’s contains 2 batteries and a bag. The second battery is important so that when one’s work drains a battery you then have another to be using while the first can be recharging.
Home Depot – If you need basic hand tools, Home Depot has some discounted, so check them out.
Home Depot – Bessey 4 piece clutch clamp set – $19.88 – Clamps come in handy when furniture has a lose joint and needs to be glued again. Wood glue is required, then clamp tight the joint and let it set for 24 hours.
Home Depot – 2 cordless leaf blowers are available at 50% off.
Sears – several socket sets and wrench sets are discounted 50% off. These are needed if you perform basic car maintenance. Even if that’s not the case they come in handy when work is needed on the kids’ bikes as well.
Lowe’s – Dewalt 15 amp 7 ¼” Corded Circular Saw – $119.00 – $30.00 = $89.00 -Not everyone will need this tool and I don’t use it very frequently. But if you’d like to build bookshelves, it can be done with a circular saw and a straight edge. Shelves built out of 3/4″ plywood are much stronger then the pressed wood models usually found at retail establishments.
While I have a cordless drill, I’ve chosen a corded saw just because it will maintain its power better and the convenience needed from a cordless model typically isn’t needed for the work I do.
I’d like to be able to link to these tools, but the deals are better at the local stores then through my current advertisers. So check them out and enjoy the day!
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