Before you hit the stores on Black Friday (or, in the case of some establishments, 6 pm on Thanksgiving to get the best deals on your holiday gifts, definitely make sure to do your research so you can maximize your shopping experience without being too stressed. Below is a list of steps you can take before heading out to the stores after your turkey dinner.
Make a list, check it twice: Make sure you know what gifts you’re looking for before you head out so you don’t miss any and have to wade back into the crowds to get them. And remember that just because there will be plenty of good deals on Black Friday doesn’t mean you need to buy everything you see—just what’s on your list. If you don’t avoid impulse buys, you’ll eat up your gift budget and end up with a bunch of stuff nobody wants or needs.
Set a budget: Just as important—if not more important—than making a list before you go shopping is setting a budget. You need to know your spending limit because the last thing you want to do is splurge on a new flat-screen TV for yourself then not have enough money for Grandma’s gift card. Good luck explaining that “dilemma” to her!
Check coupons: Black Friday deals are great, but if you can pair them with a store or manufacturer coupon, you’ll be really set.
Sign up for email lists: If you plan to shop at particular stores on Black Friday, sign up for their emails so you can find out about any deals or coupons you can use. This will help with setting your budget and getting the best deals possible on the gifts you want to buy. Also, sometimes through emails, you’ll find out about deals or special offers before the general public.
Think about online Shopping:While it can be fun to be part of the Black Friday excitement, it’s possible that you won’t get the best deals in the store. So you should check your favorite online retailers before hitting the shops. Some retailers have great Cyber Monday deals that are better than the prices you’d pay in the store.
Find the deals: Check out the websites dedicated to posting Black Friday deals. They usually have the most inclusive lists all in one place.
- Blackfriday.com already has posted the sale flyers from major retailers such as Walmart, Kohl’s, Sam’s Club, and Office Depot.
- BFads.net has sales flyers but also gives a nice blog-like breakdown of the best sales at each store. They’ve got an email list you can join to get all the deals directly in your inbox.
- TheBlackFriday.com allows you to search your favorite stores’ flyers and has them easily listed as published and to be published.
Now that you’re armed with everything you need to properly prepare for a Black Friday shopping outing, enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner, pull on lots of layers to stay warm, and shop until you drop!