Can you believe it’s already almost that time of year again? The Christmas Season and all its madness have quickly creept up upon us. And with the Christmas season naturally comes that special occasion of Black Friday where just about everything is on sale. It can be a little bit extreme in some circumstances, but fear not. Here’s a few of my Black Friday shopping tips for getting the most out of the occasion!
Taking It All In Fun:
I’m not at all an advocate of consumerism. I used to be very against Black Friday Sales thinking it was just some ridiculous marking ploy to make people part with their money. And to some degree it is. But like many things in life, I’ve learned to see things from a different angle and just go with the flow. If you think of Black Friday as more a “running with the bulls” type experience than as an actual shopping event, it can be a little more fun.
Now I DON’T wake up at 3AM or stand in line at Best Buy for days or anything like that. I just wake up at my normal time and take advantage of all the non-door-buster deals that are going on. I’ve snagged printers, USB drives, flash cards, and dozens of other things I know I’ll need throughout the year at some pretty decent prices.
And in terms of actually buying presents, you can pick up some pretty fantastic buys at a great price. Last year my daughter and I were able to get something very sparkly for Mrs MMD because of a little research and a great sale that was being ran on Black Friday.
So if you’re up for a little bit of craziness, here’s a few Black Friday shopping tips that I’ve learned to help make the day a success.
Black Friday Shopping Tips Surviving the Experience:
Even if you’re not after the door buster sale, Black Friday is not one of those days where you leisure your way around Target and take your time to think. It’s a war zone. You have to get in, find the hostages, and then get out as quickly as possible. In order to be successful at this, a good solider needs to have the following:
1. Do Your Research. Make sure you look up and browse through the sale ads ahead of time. Most of the popular ones like Walmart and other stores will have their ads available far in advance. Plus it doesn’t hurt to print or bring the sale ad in with you!
2. Make a list. Check it twice. Once you know which items you’ll be going after, make a list and stick to it. It will be far too easy to get to the store and want to buy everything in site (and the stores will be counting on this!). So avoid paying regular price for everything else by just sticking to your main list. Plus it helps to limit yourself to only a few select items where you stand a good chance of getting them.
3. Do a little comparison shopping online first. Even though you may think that Black Friday offer is pretty good, what if its already that price on Amazon or another website for cheaper (and with free shipping)?
4. Can I use a coupon? Black Friday Shopping Tips or not, it never hurts to use a coupon to save even more! The Internet is full of coupon sites where you can type in the name of the store you’re about to go to and see if you can score a few extra bucks off the already discounted price. It’s worth the few seconds it takes to do the research.
5. Remember to maximize your rewards points. If you’re going to spend money, you might as well do it in a way that pays you back! Check your credit card’s rewards program to see if they have any good seasonal deals going on getting extra cash back. For example my Chase Freedom card has a 5% cash back deal for everything I buy at Kohl’s. Strategize enough and the rewards will add up quick!
6. Don’t get caught up in the moment. Like I said, it’s going to be a war zone! Go in with the full expectation that things are going to be crazy and you won’t feel so anxious. One of the worst mistakes you can make is getting overwhelmed by all the ruckus, and then just buy the overpriced bottle of perfume at Macy’s or pay regular mall prices simply because you happen to be at the mall and just want to get the shopping over. Don’t do that! Make sure you stick to your list and go with the choice that’s going to give you the best value.
Readers – Who among you will go out on Black Friday looking for Christmas presents? Any good shopping tips for getting the most out of the experience?
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