Black Friday’s just two weeks away. It’s a day to save big on all sorts of items, from electronics and video games to household furniture to that perfect Christmas gift for your friend or family member. However, it can get confusing, and it’s easy to get caught up with false “low pricing” and sales hype. Go prepared. Find the absolute best buy this year using these awesome tips.
Do Your Research
Starting now, start getting prepared for the big day. You can find all sorts of information on who’s selling what on sites like gottadeal.com, bestblackfriday.com, and theblackfriday.com. Keep your eyes peeled for ads around your neighborhood and on the internet, and start making a list of the things you want to buy.
Once you have your list, create a plan of what stores you’ll hit first. Generally, you’ll want to try and get into the stores with the hottest-selling items that you absolutely need first, because those will go extremely fast. Once you’ve done your research and you have a plan, you’re ready for the next step.
Draw Up a Budget
This is so important. Make absolutely sure you have a budget for how much money you want to spend, and stick to it. It’s easy to get caught up in all the money you’re “saving” and buy too much in the heat of the moment. Resist temptation, go with a plan and a budget, and you truly will save money.
Wake Up Early
Most stores open early on Black Friday to get ahead on the sales, and most people show up early in droves. You don’t have to go crazy and camp outside, but do try to wake up early and get to the stores no later than 5 or 6am, or you’ll be missing out on a lot of fabulous sales.
While you’re shopping, don’t grab the first sale you see. Go prepared with apps on your phone like ShopSavvy and BuyVia and comparison sites like PriceGrabber, and ShopZilla loaded and ready to go. Keep your phone fully charged, and your charger handy. Once you spot a good deal on a large item like a TV, game console, or couch, put it into your phone and see if you can’t get a better price somewhere else first.
Avoid Shopping Malls
Shopping malls are insane on Black Friday. Sure, they have good deals, but they usually have people lined up outside for hours, and by the time you get in, all the good deals will be gone and you’ll have wasted time waiting when you could be shopping elsewhere.
Instead, head to independent retailers and store outlets. They’ll still be packed, but you’ll have a far better chance at getting the items you need at reasonable prices than at an overpacked shopping mall.
Hop on the Internet
Get on your social media accounts, like Twitter and Facebook, and start following your favorite retailers. They’ll regularly post information about deals and promotions, and reward loyal customers with Black Friday incentives and discounts.
Not to mention, you can keep in touch with your friends who are out shopping, and let people know about the great deals you’ve found, and see what others are buying. Maybe you found a cute dress at one retailer. Chances are, your friend might have found a better deal on the same item at another.
It’s no secret that people get hurt on Black Friday. Keeping yourself safe is the #1 priority on your list. Avoid fights over last items, avoid large crowds, and don’t stay up all night just to be the first one in the door. Mob mentality is a real thing, and no deal is worth getting hurt over.
Make sure to take regular shopping breaks, rest well, drink lots of water, charge your phone, and go with a friend. It’s the best thing you can do.