Something for You, Something for Them: Black Friday Shopping Tips for Newlyweds

In the past year, you and your new spouse have celebrated many firsts and tackled many challenges. You’ve survived the wedding, enjoyed the honeymoon, merged finances, dealt with new in-laws, had your first fight and your first make up. With the holidays just around the corner, there is one more first to celebrate and survive. No, it’s not Christmas. Black Friday shopping can be even more fun, and challenging, than the actual holiday.

For newlyweds, Black Fridays deals are about more than just saving on gifts for others. They are also a great way to grab some much-needed items for your home. You’ll need a strategy, and the right tools, if standing in lines in the wee hours of the morning is going to be worth it.

Start Early

Black Friday shopping starts in the wee hours of the morning, but the planning starts even earlier. If you head out at 4:00 AM hoping to score some good deals, you’re likely to be disappointed. Start planning your attack by signing up for emails and texts about additional sales at stores like JC Penney, Best Buy, etc. Signing up for updates means you will be able to see sales weeks before they are available in the newspapers. Also, download the free TGI Black Friday app from iTunes. This app will manage the sales for all the major stores, push updates to your phone and allow you to create a personalized shopping list. Best of all, it will compare prices for similar items across all the adds so you can prioritize which stores you need to hit for the best deals on the items you want.

Feather Your Nest

Black Friday is an excellent time to save on all the things you need for your newlywed nest. Start by looking at your wedding registry and comparing it to the sales. Retailers such as Target and Bed Bath and Beyond will hold onto your registry information for a year or more after your nuptials, which makes it easy to pick up a little gift for yourself. Bed, Bath and Beyond also gives you a discount on registry items you did not receive as gifts.

Outside of your registry, you’ll want to take a look at deals for other things for your home. If you’re living in a home furnished in “newlywed chic” with hand-me-down furniture, ragged linens and out-of-date electronics, this might be the time to upgrade. Historically, Black Friday offers significant savings on electronics such as computers and tablets. While the savings are enticing, and might be just what you need, the discounted products are unlikely to be top-of-the-line. When it comes to computers, Black Friday sales usually feature slower processors and less memory. However, they are perfect for basic functions like email, surfing the Web and word processing. Deals on kitchen and home items such as cookware, small appliances and sheets are also worth standing in line for. Again, they might not be luxury brands, but they are often just what newlyweds need.

A Little Something For Everyone Else

Christmas shopping as a newlywed can be much more complicated than it was as a single person. The pressure is on to find the perfect gift for each of your new family members. And of course, you’ll need to do it all while stretching the budget in ways that would make Gumby cry. So while you are out Black Friday shopping for yourself, get a head start on your gift shopping. While you’re racing to get the last half-off sweater for Aunt Sally, an app like The Christmas List, which is available for $0.99 on iTunes, will keep you organized during your shopping excursion. The app will keep track of each gift recipient, allow you to set a budget for each person, and prioritize gifts. It will also sort gifts by store, which means you won’t stand in line for an hour only to forget that hot new toy for your niece.