Shopping Black Friday Responsibly: How to Prepare in Advance

Black Friday is one week away as of today! This time of year always sneaks up on me. It feels like September starts and then all of a sudden it’s the holidays. I’ve been putting a lot of thought into this year’s Black Friday, unlike last. Such as how can I shop it responsibly? Will ethical brands I’ve newly discovered be having sales? Can I find things from my wardrobe wishlist on sale? So, today I’m sharing all the answers to these questions! But mostly tips on how to shop Black Friday Responsibly.

I get excited for Black Friday even though I feel like I should hate it. It’s the ultimate day of consumerism and money spending. I’m trying to put a positive spin on it though. Use it to my advantage and goals. Just like any sale it’s totally possibly to approach it in a responsible, thoughtful way.

Let’s approach next weekend in a few ways which will be covered in this post:

  • How to shop the sales responsibly by preparing in advance
  • My approach with a list of items and stores I’m keeping an eye on

How to Shop Black Friday Responsibly

I apologize in advance if every other fashion blog you follow in this space is writing about this topic. But you can never have too many tips right? This is at least how I’m approaching the sale. Giving myself a week to make a list of the items I’m hoping to get at a discount that I was going to purchase regardless of Black Friday existing.

One side tip before starting: the key is to not fall for scarcity tactics. Don’t buy something you’ve never seen before on a whim because you’re scared it will sell out. You don’t want to end up with something that doesn’t fit in your wardrobe only because it was 70% off and sparkly (speaking from experience).

Make a Wish List by Item Category

I’ve made a fall wardrobe wishlist but I’m updating it for the sale. There are a few pricier items I’ve been wanting to add to my closet for months. Items like Bryr Clogs that run over $200. Will they be on sale? I’m not sure but that would be so exciting if they are. I also moved in May to a new apartment in the city and have been wanting to add some new decorations like a bedroom mirror. I’ll be finding a few different styles at different stores to watch out for.

Prioritize Items and Set a Budget

I’m basically adding a bunch of things to my Google Sheets wishlist and separating them by category such as pants, shoes, and home. In my spreadsheet I’m including the item description, brand, price, and link to shop.

Add everything up and then set a budget. I fully realize my list is going to be exponentially more expensive than my budget. But, this helps prioritize. I need furniture over shoes so I’ll buy the furniture first. If the shoes fall outside the budget, I won’t buy them.

Here’s a screenshot of my not yet fully filled in list:

Sign Up for Company Emails

I hate getting tons of emails but this is honestly the best way to aggregate all the sales going on. I don’t want to have to remember what websites to check that day and can wake up with info on every sale I care about right in my inbox. You can always unsubscribe later.

What I’m Including on My List for Black Friday

I haven’t fully made my list yet and have been mainly focused on thinking about how to shop Black Friday responsibly. I do have categories and few items I definitely want to keep an eye out for.



  • Bedroom rug
  • Bedroom mirror
  • Lampshades


  • Clogs
  • Jeans
  • Fisherman sweater
  • White blouse
  • Work skirt
  • Leather gloves
  • Bridal shower and rehearsal dinner dress
  • Dress for friends black tie wedding

Gifts for

  • Fiancé
  • Parents
  • Brother
  • Best friends

As for stores I’m watching, they are Everlane, L.L. Bean, Sezane, Bryr Clogs, Tradlands, Sondeflor, The Outnet. For home, I’m keeping an eye on Wayfair, Joss and Main, Birch Lane, Anthropologie, and One Kings Lane.

Brown Suede Hat | Everlane Day Glove Flats | J.Crew High Waisted Jeans | Everlane Wide Leg Pants

If you made it this far, thank you for reading through such a long post! I hope this is helpful for those of you who want to use Black Friday to your own advantage. I’ll be sharing a post next Friday, on actual Black Friday, of ethical sales and deals I’m seeing from my favorite brands. Plus, some of things on this list I was able to find.

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Brown Suede Hat | Everlane Day Glove Flats | J.Crew High Waisted Jeans | Everlane Wide Leg Pants


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