A GUIDE TO BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING

MERRICK’S TOP 5 TIPS TO SURVIVING BLACK FRIDAY SALES 
MY FAVORITES
1. SHOP ONLINE. A few times in the last few years I’ve braved the stores, and it’s always a complete madhouse. Pretty much every store has the same discounts online as they do in store, so save yourself a headache and a lot of standing in line, and just do it online. 
2. DON’T PROCRASTINATE. This weekend is a great time to get some holiday shopping done! But remember, everyone else is shopping these sales too, so if you wait until Monday, lots of things will be sold out by then. 
3. LOOK AT RETURN POLICIES. Free shipping and free returns are always a huge benefit for me, and help me make quick online shopping decisions because I know I can exchange or return for free if necessary. Many stores have free shipping discounts this weekend, but Zappos, Nordstrom, Old Navy, J.Crew Factory, ASOS, and Amazon are a few of my go-to’s for those good return policies. 
4. MAKE A LIST. Sales get so overwhelming when you don’t have a game plan. Make a list of items you’re looking for, and let that guide your shopping rather than meandering aimlessly through websites. If you’re looking for holiday ideas, check out my two gift guides I’ve shared so far: gifts for the home, and gifts for friends under $50, and both of them have idea for everyone on your list. Make sure you check them out as you make your list!
5. USE STORE GIFT GUIDES. Pretty much every store now has a gift guide on their site. In addition to the ones I made, they’re a great resource. Check them out right here: 
And now let’s check out the best sales of the weekend, plus my favorites from each store 
(click the images to shop, or find the links and Black Friday discount codes below each image!)

The Modern Girl’s Guide to Sewing  ||  30% off all courses (Beginner, Intermediate, or bundled)
Black Friday – Monday at midnight
Code: BLACKFRIDAY

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leather crossbody bag (25% off!) ||  fit and flare peacoat  ||  monogrammed necklace (30% off!) 

Nordstrom  ||  Extra 25% off of sale items
Date: Black Friday – Monday
No Code Required

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Old Navy  || Up to 60% off everything in the store
Black Friday – Monday
No Code Required

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ASOS  ||  30% off everything!
Code: BLESSED

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Janome Sewing Machine ($110 off right now!)  ||  Janome Sewing Machine (40% off right now!)  ||  wireless iphone speaker (75% off!)

Amazon.com  ||  Select items on sale
Date: Black Friday – Monday
No Code Required

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J.Crew Factory  ||  50% off of everything!
Date: Black Friday – Monday at midnight
No Code Required

And a few other good sales:

Anthropologie  ||  25% off everything in the store, today only!
Date: Black Friday Only!
Code: SHOPTOIT

Forever 21  ||  Up to 70% off, and free shipping Black Friday only!
Date: Black Friday through Monday
No Code Required

Gap  ||  50% off everything in the store with code BLKFRIDAY plus free shipping on orders over $50!
Code: BLKFRIDAY

H&M  ||  20% off your purchase of $60 or more with code 3231
Date: Black Friday – Sunday
Code: 3231

J.Crew  ||  30-40% items that are never on sale!
Date: Black Friday – Sunday
Code: HOLIDAY

Loft  ||  40% off everything
Date: Black Friday – Sunday
Code: BF40

Target  ||  40% off clothing and accessories
No Code Required

Happy holiday shopping!