While shopping on Black Friday may be hectic, we have put together tips to make it less stressful. Organization, before you go, will spare you time and frustration.
The first Black Friday tip is to make a budget. Note amounts you would like to pay for each gift. Make a list and include sizes. It may not seem wrong to splurge on something you want because of the incredible price; however, doing so and doing it more than a few times can quickly destroy a budget.
Look through the October ads. Scan the ads and note prices on products you may be considering buying. Make notes of these prices so you can later compare them to Black Friday sales. The items need to be an exact match. Sometimes stores bring in products that lack all the usual features to market on Black Friday.
If you receive emails from some of your favorite stores, check them for deals and any exclusive offers. Next year sign-up for emails from your favorite stores early. Make a list of items you are considering buying from each store.
The next Black Friday tip is to check both paper ads and online ads. Black Friday.com below has all the print ads available. Gotta a Deal has start times for specials both in-store and online
Have available any coupons you may be using–either print out or have bookmarked on your phone.
Download apps to help you:
Black Friday.com –Offers real-time ad alerts, a wish list so you can save all your deals in one place, and a search to help you find the best deals.
Amazon Shopping –Allows you to compare in-store prices with hundreds of merchants on Amazon.
Most stores do not price match on Black Friday doorbuster specials. Some stores will price match on other merchandise. Target does while Wal-Mart no longer price matches. Check out store policies online. Pay attention to the list of stores they will price match.
Next year pre-shop so you know if the deal is right. Remember toys are the cheapest from June through August.
If you don’t think the deals are that good, hold out for Cyber Monday.
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