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Black Friday Shopping with Kids

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means that it’s time to start planning your Black Friday shopping. In years past, Black Friday shopping was reserved for early Friday mornings. Your kids were probably in bed, so your spouse stayed home watching them while you went out and hit all the sales. Recently, however, Black Friday has changed so that the sales start Thursday evening and continue throughout the weekend. This can change how you shop since you might have your kids with you. Here are some tips you can use to make Black Friday shopping easier with kids.

Bring a Shopping Buddy

As parents, we usually take advantage of Black Friday to find some great deals on toys for Christmas. If you have your kids with you, it can be pretty difficult to sneak a Christmas gift from Santa Claus without letting your kids see it. To help solve this problem, consider going with a shopping buddy. Another parent makes a great shopping buddy since you can arrange it so that one parent stays with all the kids while another parent grabs those stocking stuffers and big gift items. This arrangement makes it so that each parent gets those toys from their kids’ Christmas wish lists without the kids catching a glimpse of their gifts.

Keep Your Kids Entertained

If you’re bringing your kids with you during Black Friday shopping, don’t forget to bring a few items to keep your kids entertained. This can be something as simple as letting each child pick out a favorite toy to bring with. You might want to consider bringing a tablet or gaming system as well. Those lines can get pretty long, so being able to pull up a movie on your tablet or letting your kids play a favorite video game will help keep them quiet and happy.

Leave Them At Home

Although Black Friday shopping can start as early as 5 PM on Thanksgiving Day, you can still arrange to have someone stay at home with your kids. If your extended family has an afternoon or evening meal scheduled for Thanksgiving, you might want to speak with one of your family members about letting your kids spend the night so that you can get all of the good deals. This allows you to shop to your heart’s content without needing to entertain the kids.

Black Friday shopping can be hectic and crazy, but it’s definitely worth it to get those great deals. Although leaving your kids at home is always the easiest thing to do, if you need to bring them with, don’t forget to bring toys to entertain them and a shopping buddy to help out.

Annmarie John
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  1. I've only ever went Black Friday shopping once. It was my second time in the States, I was 18. I had the time of my life! I came back with two suitcases full. :)

  2. These are good tips. I don't like taking my kids shopping with me at all. I know it probably sounds bad. HA

  3. Although these are good tips kids will stay at home. That will let me focus on shopping!

  4. Love the tips! I have never been Black Friday shopping but am wanting to go this year. We shall see though

  5. These are great tips. I would think it would be a huge challenge to take kids with you. I will never brave the stores on Black Friday even by myself!

  6. I would leave my toddler with a babysitter! I wouldn't be able to navigate the crowds with a stroller!

  7. I live in Michigan and after the crazy lady story's that happen where someone got trampled over I refuse to do shopping on Black Friday my husband works retail and I hate hate hate the fact he's going to be out there. Guest Michigan is a different kind of breed when it comes to deals lol I do love cyber Monday though

  8. I've never gone Black Friday shopping but I imagine that having the kids with you complicates things. These are some great tips to consider.

  9. I don't do Black Friday shopping as I don't like the crowds. However my teenagers go out and shop.

  10. Those are great ideas. I avoid taking my kids during Black Friday shopping but if I had too, I will make sure to keep them entertained.

  11. These are some great tips. I typically avoid bringing the kids black friday shopping. I also love looking for great deals online instead.

  12. I really don't like taking kids out on black Friday shopping, it can be way too crowded at times!

  13. I usually try to avoid taking my kids shopping with me, it's always such a stressful experience...but when I have no choice, I always take a shopping buddy with me so that they can help me watch the girls and get my shopping done. There is definitely power in numbers!

  14. My MIL LOVES Black Friday. I can't do it... lol. I have walked in thinking I could, and walked right back out. ;) I have also laughed at people eating their cheeseburgers in a chair while sitting in line (or other equally funny Black Friday deals). Some of the deals are amazing... I can see why people wait. :)

  15. Kohls is one of my favorite places to shop they have great deals


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