Dreaming of a Black Friday '09

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!! Black Friday (aka bargain shopper's heaven) is here once again! And although it unfortunately coincides with Eid Al Adha this year, the best deals are before 8am anyhow. This leaves you just enough time to run home and get prettied up for (or drag yourself to) Eid prayer! So, before the list, here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your Black Friday experience without feeling suicidal... or homicidal.

1. Pre-shop
Visit the stores you like, go in before hand and try on everything you want to buy. That way, when those doors open, you can go straight to your items, grab them and breeze on outta there. Know someone working there? Even better. Ask them to put them on hold for you or set them aside the night before.

2. Get there early!
Find out what time the stores you want to go to open. Most department stores open at 4 or 5 am while mall stores open at 9, some outlet malls and various stores may be open at midnight. Plan your day around store openings, stores with items likely to run out, and with sales ending earliest. Be at the first store no less than 30 mins before doors open (unless you're looking to buy electronics, then you should probably head there after turkey... but this is about clothing. Moving on)

3. Split up
Going with a group? Try to get one person to go to each store and buy what everyone needs. Less waiting, but also less fun.

4. Dress comfortably
No one looks cute on Black Friday, comfortable pants and layers are key. If you didn't pre-shop and are trying things on, dress simply so that you can zip in and out of the fitting room.

5. Bring snacks and water
Only amateurs stop for food. But not too much water, bathrooms are guaranteed to be a zoo and you'll only waste precious shopping time in there. Unless you run to the bathroom while someone holds your place in line.

6. Research
Know which stores will have items you want on sale, or how great their sales will be. And that's where my handy list come in:

Abercrombie and Fitch
Receive a $25 gift card with $100 purchase

American Eagle Outfitters
20% off all items

50-70% off all items (excludes clearance)

Ann Taylor Loft
20% off entire purchase
Style Steals $29.50 and under, view all deals here

Bakers Shoes
Buy one get one 50% off until 11 am

Banana Republic
Cashmere Sweaters, buy one get one free

15% off purchase of $100 or more
$29 tops
$49 tops and sweaters and velour logo seperates
$59 skirts and denim
$69 jackets
$79 pants
$99 dresses and shoes
View all deals here

Bath & Body Works
VIP Bag $15 with any $40 purchase
$5 Wallflowers
2 for $20 14.5 oz candles
Buy 3, get 3 free Signature Collection
View all deals here

The Body Shop
Buy one get one free holiday gifts and home fragrance
Buy three get one free soap
50% off holiday accessories
3 for $25 makeup
View all deals here

Thanksgiving specials store wide, view deals here

Charlotte Russe
25% off everything

Free tote with $125 purchase
20% off entire purchase

25% off entire purchase until noon

Coupon for 10% off $40 future purchase with purchase
Select denim $6
Special doorbuster deals
Hourly $100 gift card giveaway at these select stores

20% off entire purchase with this coupon
But one get one free sweaters and pj pants
50% off sweaters and 30% off outerwear at gap.com

25% off full priced merchandise till 11 am, or all day if you enroll in Guess List
60% off sale merchandise

25% off item of your choice till 10am
Fashion finds from $5

$25 gift card with $75 purchase before noon
All tops buy one get one 50% off

$5 gift card with every $50 purchase
50% off sale items and select new items
25% off regular priced purses and active basic tops
60% off all shoes, candles, and scents
40% off select denim
20% off all jewelry and regular priced jackets and sweaters
Purchase regular priced scarf, get second for 50% off

She Said Misses Contemporary Collection 60% off
I Love Ronson Contemporary Collection 60% off
Bisou Bisou Misses' Contemporary Collection 60% off
Misses coats 65% off
Entire stock of dresses 50% off
East 5th skirts $16.99
Worthington Cardigans $16.99
Worthington tops, pants, and skirts $14.99
Worthington and East 5th jackets $19.99
View all deals here

$10 Kohls cash for every $50 you spend
Apt 9 Cardigan with Scarf, $24.00
CHI Original 1 Inch Hair Straightener $89.99
Women's outerwear 60-65% off
View all deals here

Lane Bryant
40% off entire purchase

Style & Co. Sweaters for Misses and Petites $19.99
Select Style & Co. Plus Size sweaters $24.99
Select Guess wool coats $99.99
Clearance women's suits $49.99
Select Kenneth Cole Reaction leather coats $99.99
Select Kenneth Cole Reaction wool coats $129.99
Select Calvin Klein wool coats $129.99
Select women's cashmere sweaters, save an extra 20%
View all deals here

40% off all clearance

New York & Company
Free beautiful watch with any purchase
Entire store is 50% off
Scarves $8.47-$9.47

Nordstrom Rack
25% off select premium denim and sweaters

Old Navy
$10 off purchase of $50 with this coupon
Free Lego Rock Band software with $20 purchase
Jeans & Sweaters $15
All outer wear 50% off
View more deals here

Buy one get one free
Free gift with purchase

Planet Funk
50% off select regular priced items and entire sale rack

Free tote bag with any $25 purchase, with this coupon (Beauty Insiders only)
20% off Bare Escentuals Foundation Kits

Victoria's Secret
Free runway bag with $60 purchase, includes 3 must have beauty items
$10 off $50 purchase, $15 off $75 purchase, $25 off $100 with this coupon

Wet Seal
$24.50 outerwear
$19.50 jeans and dresses
$15 activewear, tops, and sweaters
$10 hoodies and pj pants
$5 tops
$3 tees
View all deals here

20% off entire purchase

*Some stores haven't advertised their sales and deals yet, check back soon! Got a tip for me? Email me at hijabulous@gmail.com

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