5 Black Friday Shopping Tips

How to Save with On-Line and In-Store Sales

5 Black Friday Shopping Tips
November 18, 2016

Black Friday, this year on November 25, offers some of the lowest prices of the year on many consumer goods including TVs, other electronics and toys. Savvy shoppers save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on this single day.

Shopping on Black Friday is extremely hectic and overwhelming due to so many amazing deals. Stores open extremely early and most only offer their best deals on a first-come, first-serve basis. Finding and keeping track of all of these deals is not easy. To help you, we have put together these tips for saving at both on-line and in-store sales on Black Friday.

  1. Make a List of Items You Want to Buy - Your objective for Black Friday should be to buy only the items on your list at the lowest price possible. Please note, we did not say you should buy the items with the biggest discounts at each store because you should not. Why not? Retailers will try very hard to get you to buy things that are not on your list. This does not benefit you. Instead, you will end up spending more of your hard-earned money than you planned which benefits the retailers. Do your best to stick to your list.

  2. Scope Out the Best Deals Ahead of Time - Make sure you scope out the best deals ahead of time to make the most of your Black Friday. Remember, you are only looking for the items on your list. Look through the ads in your local paper to find some of the best deals for brick-and-mortar stores. You can view the same ads on the retailers' websites if you no longer subscribe to the newspaper.

    If you plan to shop online, check out your favorite websites ahead of time to see if they are promoting their best Black Friday deals. You might be able to find out about special deals if you sign up for a retailer's email newsletter ahead of the big day. Some websites, such as fatwallet.com and slickdeals.net, compile huge lists of Black Friday sales for both brick-and-mortar and online shopping.

  3. Make a Plan of Attack - Once you have identified the best deals on the items you want to buy, make a list of each item, the best store in which to buy it, the discounted price and the normal price. Scan your list and look for the items with the biggest total dollar savings. Prioritize these items by making them the first stop on your Black Friday shopping trip. If there are other great deals on items that you want to buy at the same store, pick them up while you are there.

    You may need to enlist the help of friends or family if there are multiple big dollar savings at different stores at the same time. If this is the case, make sure to entice them to help with a small bribe. Just make sure the bribe is smaller than how much you will save.

  4. Shop Online with Your Smartphone - Ensure that you are making the most of your time whenever you are waiting in a line to purchase an item. Pull out your smart phone and buy those great online deals while you wait to make your brick and mortar store purchases. This helps to save time and avoid missing the online and in-store deals.

  5. Use Rewards Credit Cards for Extra Savings - We always use our rewards credit cards to tack on a few extra percentage points of savings to every purchase. Make sure to use the best card for every store. Whether you get two percent cash back on all of your purchases or you use a rotating five percent cash back credit card, every penny counts.

Black Friday is hectic, but with a little bit of planning you can save a ton of money without losing your mind.


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joann | 11.23.15 @ 17:01
Have your list ready, and use discounted gift cards. Stay on focus with what you are looking for.
Steffanie | 11.23.15 @ 17:02
Great tips for those of us that love to shop!
Erin | 11.23.15 @ 17:02
Honestly, what I am going to be focusing on is spending time with my husband who actually has that day off. Even the thought of shopping online on Black Friday is a turn off (I have never and never will go to actual stores on this day). lol
Elaine | 11.23.15 @ 17:03
Already been looking at Black Friday deals but at this point haven't seen anything that I want. I also have been scoping out online stuff. My problem there is I just go ahead and buy and not wait to see if it goes on sale. I really need to wrote in that rap since I have read this article now.
Sarah | 11.23.15 @ 17:03
Plan of attack. That's what we always made sure we had. We were ready (my dad and me). I no longer partake of this but I do love me some cyber shopping!
Nancy | 11.23.15 @ 17:05
Take someone with you so you can divide and conquer.
Leslie | 11.23.15 @ 17:05
I think making a list is the most important one on this list. It's so easy to get caught up on all the deals and spend more than you planned.
Carla Truett | 11.23.15 @ 17:05
I am so excited to finish my shopping on Black Friday I have my lists ready.
Jackie | 11.23.15 @ 17:07
I always have a detailed list ready with price limit for each gift I intend to buy. It helps me to avoid impulse purchases on Black Friday.
Amanda | 11.23.15 @ 17:13
As a big Black Friday shopper I use all these suggestions every year, I start searching and pricing weeks in advance, and check often some stores will give members early release prices. I also constantly check amazon while Im in store shopping as they will match or beat retailers.
Debbie | 11.23.15 @ 17:13
I stick to online shopping on black friday. The attitude of people that day kills the spirit of the season
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