When you go Black Friday shopping, keep these guidelines in mind for making your best decisions.
Buy Discounted Gift Cards
The website Raise sells gift cards at a discount, which gets you free money that you can use during your shopping trip. Stock up and take full advantage.
Sign Up for Mailing Lists
The best coupons get sent out behind the scenes to subscribed customers. By signing up for mailing lists, you not only get in on the ground floor for exclusive deals, but you’ll be the first to get the best deals with coupons.
Make a Shopping List—And a Plan
When you make your shopping list, make sure you’re also prioritizing which gifts you need the most, have backup plans in case they’re sold out, and know where to get the best deals on what.
Price Check Before You Buy
While you’re out on Black Friday, have your list in one hand and your phone in the other so that you can quickly and easily check the prices of the same product in other stores. Online retailers may often offer the best prices, and some stores will even provide price matches if you can compare their in-store price to that of an online outlet.
If you’re not one for the Black Friday rush, stay home and take advantage of deals online instead. Cyber Monday is becoming every bit as big a time to grab deals as Black Friday, and you don’t even have to leave your couch to save.
Watch for Late-Shopper Deals
Are you a late sleeper? Retailers want you shopping all day long, so many will offer new deals later in the day.
Use Reusable Shopping Bags, Not Carts
It’s hard to maneuver with bulky shopping carts, so make use of reusable bags instead. This makes you more limber and less cumbersome, like a lean, mean shopping machine.
Follow a Budget
This is a big one. No matter how good a deal is, you should be staying under budget. Don’t let your eyes get bigger than your stomach or you will have a heck of a credit card bill to reckon with at the start of 2018.
Black Friday shopping can be overwhelming, but if you have a plan, like Hurlbert Toyota suggests, you’ll feel much better about your decision to brave it.