8 Secrets to Black Friday Shopping You Have To Know
Black Friday dates back to 1932 and is one of the best and busiest shopping days of the year. With Black Friday being just around the corner yet again I am just as excited as you are to have my hands on the best deals and discounts top brands have to offer.
It’s not as easy as it seems to tackle the enthusiastic crowd and the eye-catching doorbusters yet scoring a good deal. Don’t worry! I have it all researched for you. No need to buy everything. No need to over-pay. Don’t let the retailers fool you. Just sit back and relax to get the best price of the year on your favourite accessories, appliances, or high-tech gadgets.
Here are my top 8 secrets to Black Friday shopping you need to know to shop smart and get the most out of your shopping and save as much as you can.
FIRST THINGS FIRST!!
First and foremost you need to make a list of the things you wish to buy. Think carefully about what you really want to buy. Prioritize it! Starting from the must-have items on the top, stick to them and create a budget. Why? Because, gift-giving and Christmas season is just around the corner so you might not want to overspend. Fix the maximum amount you want to spend on a product. That way you’ll save yourself from the distraction and paying an extra amount of money on products you don’t need but just bought merely because the deal seemed quite attractive.
WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR?
“A friend in need is a friend indeed!” Go shopping with your friends, if you are not a couch potato. Leave your husband and kids at home. Take reusable shopping bags along with you. The shopping cart isn’t easy to move among a large number of people. Also, don’t forget to print out the coupons you’d need to buy your stuff. Since the quantities of items are limited, so it’s smart to divide the products among you. One of you can take electronics, and the other can conquer apparel. And a third friend can stand in the queue (guess what? you might also get some freebies if you go early and are among the first 50 or 100 customers) while you shop and gather the items you want. This will save you extra time from standing in an endless line of consumers.
EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM!!
Gone are the days when it used to be just a one-day-sale. Black Friday, now has become more of a Black Week or Black Month. Last year, most of the stores (Kohls, Target, Sears, etc.) started their sale the weekend before Thanksgiving week. So, it is always a good idea to be prepared beforehand, so you don’t miss out on anything.
Start your research, look around on different stores or websites for deal alerts and shop before Black Friday. Trust me; you will get way better deals and discounts even before the actual day – Black Friday. Once you have bought early, you don’t have to go through the hassle of shopping on Thanksgiving Day and onwards. Instead just enjoy your feast with the family and have fun!
SIGN UP AND SOCIALIZE!!
Sign up for store emails at least a week or two before Black Friday. Your favourite stores will send you discount coupons to shop from. Join loyalty programs to save extra. Stores such as Kohls and JCpenny give extra 2.5-5% cash back on your purchase. What’s more? In addition, get your gift card receipts for the items you buy.
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are one of the best ways to find out about the latest deals and discounts from your favorite retailers. Keep an eye on them, and they might reward you with special Black Friday discounts just by a simple like, follow or sharing their post.
SHOP ONLINE AT HOME IN YOUR PJs!!
Who doesn’t love to shop in peace from the comfort of their own bed? Maybe not many. However, for someone like me who loves to shop, I’d instead look for an online option to avoid the humongous chirpy crowd. When you can get the same deals or even better online then who would want to go to a store? Maybe, I’m too lazy, but it’s always a good idea to do Black Friday online shopping to buy the products you need after price-matching. Later you can go to the store if you can’t find any of the items you want. This will save your time as well as money.
Also, shopping online helps you generate high savings. For example, most coupons end on Wednesday, two days before Black Friday. However, some stores such as Kohls, which start their sale early allow you to use coupons along with it, you earn Kohl’s cash and rebates which means terrific savings! Just make sure to keep an eye on the websites and hit right on time, so you don’t miss out on the Hot Deals. You can download deal alert apps such as Flipp, Shopular and SlickDeals to remain in touch.
PRICE-MATCH AND RETURN POLICIES!!
Price matching was quite a thing once when people used to price match through GoogleShopping, ShopSavvy etc. before buying the product of their choice. They still do, no doubt. But price match leaders like Best Buy, Target and Walmart have made changes and adjustments to not allow price-matching through the entire week from Thanksgiving Day. Some retailers still do so you can spare a minute or two at the store (rather than going store-to-store) to compare the prices on the spot before adding them to your cart.
Make sure you know the store’s return policy beforehand. Some stores may charge a high restocking fee. Read or inquire about it before purchasing unless you don’t plan on returning anything at all.
DON’T FALL FOR DOORBUSTERS!!
Go shopping between 3 pm and 5 pm. This will save you the hassle from being in large crowds. Yes, you might miss the doorbuster (strategy to display low priced deals to attract customers) deals, but still, you have a pretty good chance of getting a good deal in the late afternoon and greeted by a fresh-faced team. Again, if you want an easy go doorbuster deal, try to go to a standalone store than the one in populated areas. The stores keep on changing and adding new deals throughout the day for their customers.
Expensive items such as televisions, furniture and kitchen appliances are a good buy for Black Friday. Don’t go around buying toys which you can get at a much lower price a week before Christmas. If you’re not in a hurry, you might want to wait till January for Super Bowl to get a much better discount than Black Friday. Think and spend wisely.
An expensive branded product with a hefty price reduction is a better deal than the locally available low-quality products at a lower price. It’s okay if you didn’t get the deal you wanted. Don’t be disheartened, as Cyber Monday preceding Black Friday isn’t far to get much better deals at a reasonable price.
Amazon is one of the best places to shop from on Black Friday. Use CamelCamelCamel to track down Amazon’s price to a specific item to the rest of the year. Walmart is not a good option to shop at due to the number of crimes committed. Kohl’s (best for toys), JCPenny (best for clothes) and Macy’s (best for small appliances) must be on your list if you want to have the highest number of savings. Office Depot/Max is the best when it comes to buying computers and tablets.
The Black Friday hacks I mentioned above are by far the most useful which one must know about. Would you like to add any more secrets, tips or suggestions for Black Friday Shopping? Share your helpful feedback in the comments section below.