So, let’s say you’re one of those people who don‘t dislike Black Friday, but you are having a difficult time justifying your love for the day, because of the time and money and headaches involved. Well, I’ve been accused, (or, complimented) on my talent for finding loopholes, and I’ve found a few ways to make Black Friday educational and absolutely worth enjoying with the kids.
Yes, with the kids. They can handle it.
(So can you.)
Tips for Homeschooling on Black Friday
get the kids involved in doing this list!
1. Before anything, write down a list of what you want to try to buy on sale. This year, two of our teens are going to try to buy laptops on Black Friday. I’m also looking for inexpensive kitchen items for our college kid’s apartment. We need to purchase him a printer soon, so we’ll look for that, too.
Create your list on Evernote or write it up as an email to send to all family members, or use pen & paper or the dry erase board on the fridge (this is what I use).
2. Research your favorite store’s Black Friday flyers. Many of them are already offering sneak peeks online!
3. Set a budget. This is where the kids can really work on their math skills. Give them a set amount of money to “spend,” and after looking at the ads, see if they were able to stay within budget. Did they remember to account for sales tax?
4. Plan your Black Friday schedule. Where will you go and when? Go to the item you want/need the most, first (we’ll be heading to the laptop section, then to printers…clothing would be last for us, and the jewelry department is out, because, well, college tuition).
This is really important: Plan a few memory-making fuel-up stops into the day. Maybe begin the day with 5am pancakes and a 10am coffee shop stop. Or, have a 9am coffee break and 12pm pizza to celebrate your success.
4. It’s Black Friday. What should you bring?
Your best attitudes. You’ve already taught your children about shopping manners and impatient people and how to handle them if they’re unfriendly, right? If not, this is the time for a crash course in Shopper Relations 101.
Snacks. My teenage daughter carries around what I call her “Kindergarten snacks.” In her bag or in the car, she always has snacks. Her favorites are Clif bars, apples or oranges (the easy-peel little ones), water bottles, animal crackers, and trail mix. Don’t be like me. I usually think, “Oh, we won’t need anything,” and then I get into a jam when everyone is overly hungry. Be a Kindergartener. Bring along snacks.
Calculator. So you can have the kids figure out how great a sale really is (or is not). This is also helpful for keeping them busy.
Entertainment. If watching fellow shoppers isn’t interesting enough for you, bring cards or plan to play a few games on your phones against each other (our 11yo is the reigning Princess of 2048). Or, I mean, you could do something educational, too, like flash cards or learning apps.
Help us out: What other tips would you offer homeschoolers who want to make Black Friday educational as well as fun?
This is the first in a series of posts I will publish for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Every year, from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, I highlight deals right here on FreelyEducate.com. It’s a lot of fun to find items that I think your kids will genuinely enjoy, and toys that all help with learning.