3 Ways To Outsmart The Black Friday Madness

Amanda Oliver • lifestyle shop

Some people love the thrill of camping out or staying up for days on end just to be one of the first people in line to nab that killer Black Friday deal. If this is you, then awesome! Enjoy it 🙂 For the rest of us though, we need our rest and can’t handle the thought of dealing with the crowds on top of dealing with everything else that the holidays bring. This is why I put together a quick hit list for the three ways you can outsmart Black Friday and still score some amazing deals! (Plus, you can do all of these while sitting in your PJs)

(1) Shop Online

While there are some stores that do in-store exclusive deals, many of these deals are also available online. While this may require you to stay up late (for me, that was 4am last year), you can then sleep in the rest of the day. Be sure to check out websites like BFAds and Hip2Save who have the advance copies of the Black Friday ads. You can check to see which stores are offering the same deals online and then make your list accordingly.

(2) Use Ebates

If you are shopping online, you HAVE to use Ebates. I have mentioned Ebates before, but in case you missed it – here’s the rundown:

Ebates was one of the best things that someone ever told me about. I started using it in October of 2010, and I have earned almost $800 back over these past 5 years.


How it works (image copyright of Ebates):


I know you’re probably reading that and thinking – there’s no way this can be true. This has to be a scam.

That’s what I thought when I first read it as well. However, I saw that it had been featured on CNN, USA Today, The Business Insider, Today Show, and Good Morning America, as well as the fact that it has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Not to mention, almost every store you can think of is on there. Examples include: JCPenney, Bloomingdales, Old Navy, Sephora, Amazon, Nordstrom, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Levi’s, and on and on and on. All of these things convinced me to give it a try – and I am SO glad I did!

One of the best ways to use it is when they do the “Double Cash Back” promotions. One of my favorites is around the holidays, Magazines.com will run a 50% cash back promo. My mom LOVES People Magazine, and it can be expensive for a year-long subscription ($126, I believe). BUT – if you order it when they are doing 50% cash back, you will only end up paying $63 for a year (which is around $1.15 an issue). These kinds of deals are available for a wide variety of stores, and they usually go all out to promote them closer to Black Friday and Holiday Shopping time.

A final Ebates hack is also to use the Google Chrome extension:


Since you have to click through to the Ebates website to get the cash back, there were times I would forget to do that and would miss out on the money. Once I got the extension though, it pops down to remind me to activate it before purchasing. Since then, I haven’t missed a cash back opportunity!

(3) Take Part In #SmallBusinessSaturday

It seems lately that people are much more interested in hand-crafted or smaller scale and more unique items than mass produced ones. With that in mind, you can score unique and amazing  gifts by searching the hashtag #smallbusinesssaturday for the Saturday after Black Friday. These items, from candles to paper goods, can be the perfect gift for that person on your list that already has everything that someone might need.

So there you have it! Those are the best three ways to outsmart the Black Friday madness! I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving!

And if you know of any other tips, please let me know in the comments 🙂

Color coded love and all of mine,


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