Black Friday shopping is really a love-it-or-leave-it kind of tradition. And for those of you who love it, planning and strategizing are a must.
We’ve assembled some tips that you can start on in the weeks leading up to Black Friday. Find a couple that will work with your shopping style, and enjoy a little less stress and a little more savings this holiday season.
8 Black Friday Shopping Tips
- Make a list/set a budget: When everything is on sale, it’s hard to resist an extra something here and there. But setting a budget and sticking to it is vital to a successful day. This is easiest to do when you make a specific list of everyone you want to buy a gift for and what that gift is, so you can avoid the things you shouldn’t buy on Black Friday.
- Do your research: There are a few important things to know in order to have the most efficient shopping day.
- Know when stores are opening/closing
- Types/amounts of doorbusters offered
- Online or offline restrictions/return policies
- Draft a plan of attack:com has created a Game Plan for mapping out your day so you can stay focused and organized. If efficiency is important to you, going in with a plan and map of the stores you want to get to will save you so much time.
- Get an early start: Black Friday has become a multiple day event in recent years and the earlier you can get out, the better deals you’ll find. Keep an eye out for “early release” ads to track the best and earliest deals available.
- Use loyalty programs: Store “members” are often offered sales and promotions first and are able to earn rewards on what they buy. You can sign up for alerts to get an early scoop on coupons, discounts, and promotions from the stores you like.
- Be social: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter are all great outlets for finding out about deals and promotions. By following or liking your favorite retailers, you can score alerts to discounts and incentives.
- Use a shopping app: Price comparison is easier than ever with Google Shopping and services like PriceGrabber, Shopzilla, NexTag, and Pricewatch. Other apps for in-store comparisons, discounts, and store coupons such as Flipp, ShopKick, Shopsavvy, and Shopular let you scan barcodes and QR codes while you’re shopping.
- Online vs. in-store shopping: Before you swear off one or the other, check out this list of the pros and cons of both online and in-store shopping and consider a little of both to maximize your savings.
Most importantly, be safe, and cherish the memories made with family and friends during this time of year.