Since Black Friday is right around the corner I felt it best to talk about the helpful steps in preparing for it, which I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago.
Black Friday might seem a little crazy to some people, but when you’ve got kids, Christmas seems to get a little crazier every year. If you plan on venturing out into the early morning shopping frenzy that happens every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, it helps to have a plan. Here are some Black Friday shopping tips to help you beat the game.
It’s easy to assure yourself that you are a patient and kind shopper when you’ve just left the Thanksgiving feast and your belly is full of turkey and goodwill towards mankind. Things get a lot tenser when you’ve waited in line longer than you slept and you just need two tablets the same color because otherwise your kids will think you love them differently. Let’s all take a moment to remember what we celebrate at Christmas, and what values Christmas means to use. Do your best to remember those values when Black Friday shopping.
As the saying goes, an hour of planning saves ten hours of doing. For Black Friday, that could mean waiting in line, being stuck in traffic, or arriving to find deals are different that you expected.
Having ideas about what Christmas gifts you’d like to buy is another key time saver. It’s also worth keeping in mind that Black Friday deals are sometimes the best deals of the entire year for some big ticket items, so you don’t just have to save money on Christmas gifts. Are you planning on upgrading your television in the next year? What about your blender or vacuum? It’s common to find all of these items deeply discounted on Black Friday.
Don’t forget to read the fine print on Black Friday deals. Restrictions are a big part of the day, and getting those massive deals means knowing what the rules are. It could be that you can only purchase so many items, or only at a certain time of day. Make sure you understand the complete picture.
Planning ahead for Black Friday starts with looking at the deals and thinking about what purchases you’d like to make. Having a budget prepared ahead of time helps this step. One trick for saving money on Black Friday deals is gift cards. Throughout the month of November and especially on Black Friday, there are usually a ton of deals on gift cards. For example, a regional grocery store offers a coupon for $5 off your next purchase when you buy $25 in gift cards.
Not only can you consider giving gift cards as a gift to less personal contacts such as coworkers or acquaintances, but putting your Black Friday budget into gift cards beforehand might give you an extra money-saving boost. For example, if there was a TV on sale for $100, I might purchase four gift cards in advance and receive $20 worth of coupons for my next purchase. On Black Friday when I use my coupons, I only have to pay $80 for the TV.
This is a neat trick, but use caution. If a sale has a restriction that blocks this transaction, it could be a costly mistake.
Understand ahead of time that you will have to spend a portion of the day waiting if you chose to go Black Friday shopping. Between congested traffic at the mall intersection to the lines that wrap around all the way to the back of the store, waiting is inevitable. Being prepared to wait will help make you more comfortable and happier during this hectic shopping day.
Dressing in layers in one way to be prepared. The weather can be cold this late in November, but wearing a winter parka while standing in line for two hours is torture. Dress in layer, preferably layers that are easy to carry or tie around your waist. Make sure your phone is fully charged or tuck a magazine in your purse to help pass the time. Shopping with a friend gives you a chance to relief each other for bathroom or refreshment breaks as needed. It might even be appropriate to bring a shoulder-pack folding chair.
Black Friday deals aren’t just for large-scale retailers. A lot of local and smaller shops have Black Friday sales, too, and they don’t get the same level of door-buster traffic that chain and department stores get. By choosing a smaller shop as your first store of the day, you can save time and support local business.
Even stores like Walgreens and CVS have amazing deals on Black Friday. Keep your eyes open and look at adverts from all kinds of stores because you never know what item you might find at a steep discount. Remember, you don’t just have to shop for items that you plan on giving as a holiday gift. Are you in need of a set of winter tires on your vehicle? It’s possible to find a Black Friday deal for that. With proper planning, Black Friday is a good time to make many different kinds of purchases to save money.