So Black Friday is just 4 days away! I say 4 days because many Black Friday Sales are starting as early as 8 PM Thanksgiving night. I know many of you are upset about this because it cuts into quality family time and Thanksgiving dinner and I completely agree. However, there are still so many of you that will be heading out to go shopping and I wanted to give you a few tips to Help You Survive Black Friday. This first post is on Strategizing. I will do a post each day up to Thanksgiving. Hope this helps you all!
Decide to Shop Online or In-store.The very first thing you need to decide is whether or not you want to deal with the crowds and madness on Black Friday or shop from the convenience of home. You typically know what time stores open and what time items go on sale. When shopping online, times can vary and sales can fluctuate. Either way you choose, you must be fast. Items are grabbed and sold out in minutes even seconds. Decide on what route is better for you and stick with it.
Do Not Go Shopping without a game plan. Going shopping on Black Friday without having a plan on what items you are going to get and when, is like shopping with a blind fold on. It’s dangerous and impossible to do. You must create a list of items you want to grab. Make sure you know the exact item, price, and location of where the item will be. I suggest gathering the ads and doing a price comparison. Consider placing these items in a word or excel format so everything is legible and organized.
Utilize Price Matching. If you are planning on price matching (and I suggest you do) create a separate list for these items. That way you won’t get confused and you know which store to tell the Cashier you are price matching to. Also for Price Matching Bring Your Competitor Ads! I know Walmart doesn’t require ads but since there are some amazing deals and discounts on Black Friday, you will want to bring an ad so they believe it’s really that price. Price matching is huge for Black Friday because you can essentially get all your holiday shopping done at one store which saves you time, energy, and money.
Bring a buddy. Find a partner to shop with ahead of time. Go through and decide which person is getting what and make lists. This can ensure one of you are getting that hot ticketed item while the other is grabbing smaller item that are on sale at the same time. This really keeps you on your A game.
Search for Coupons. Once you have completed your Black Friday shopping list and you know what the best price is, it’s time to try to pair that with a coupon. Some items will not be able to be combined with other offers including coupons. But items like toys, games, and even home goods can! Scour the web, newspaper inserts, and even check competitor ads. This can make you save BIG so it’s worth taking a little extra time to search for them.