12 Black Friday Tips

12 Black Friday Tips
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Do you want to save lots of money on your Christmas shopping? Well, then you’re probably planning to shop on Black Friday. We all have a love/hate relationship with Black Friday. It’s a day when too many people all crowd in stores to get the hot deals on gifts.

Sometimes the deals aren’t really that great or the size you need is sold out. There are pros and cons for braving the early hours and hoards of people. But, I’ve searched around to find the best Black Friday tips for you to make your shopping experience the best it can be.

Plan ahead (weeks ahead) – Sign up for newsletters from the stores you are interested in. Do this a few weeks before Black Friday, because the stores will send you emails with their Black Friday specials. This will help you to plan your purchases.

Research online – Using the newsletters and google searches you’ll be able to find out the real price and who has the best base price. This will help you to find the best deals and avoid paying too much.

Decide which store is the most important and go there first – If your top priority is to shop the DoorBusters at a certain store, then make a written plan to go there first. Then continue to write down your plan. You’ll save time.

Don’t shop with your children – Leave them at home with Dad or a sitter. It will be worth it, because children will slow down your shopping and they’ll be bored, tired, and hungry.

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Use the Amazon App on your phone to do real-time price checks on your phone.

Take breaks when you need to. Stop for a quick lunch, snack, or coffee break when you need it. If you push yourself too hard, you’ll be exhausted. Smile at other shoppers and greet the person at the cash register. Everyone’s having a busy, stressful day and could use a little encouragement.

Get your local newspaper on Thanksgiving Day. It will contain tons of ads with all the special deals. You can use this to make your list and schedule. If you just drive to the mall and hope to find something good, you may not reach your goal of saving the most money.

Make sure to read the return policy for each store and ask for a Gift Receipt. This is especially true for clothing items, because they may not fit the recipient. Take an empty envelope with you in your purse to keep all the receipts and gift receipts together. Paper clips are helpful, too.

Using cash is the best way to stay on budget for each item. But, many credit cards are giving rewards and you’ll be happy to see that on your next bill! If you have different price amounts you’re willing to spend on each gift, take a list with this written down. When you make the purchase, write down the actual purchase price. Take the time to do this so that you’ll stay on budget.

Black Friday ads are available already from many stores. Check the stores circulars right now, to start planning.

If you’re like me, you would rather shop online. Most of the stores will offer the same sales online as are in the stores. DoorBusters may not be available, though. Check each store for details.

Grab my FREE Christmas Shopping Planner. It has pages for you to print and make as many copies as you need. It will help you to stay organized and on budget this year.

Have a wonderful Black Friday! Do you have any tips to share?

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29 Responses to 12 Black Friday Tips

  1. Dianna says:

    I haven’t shopped in-store on Black Friday for years. We don’t give many gifts over Christmas these days — mostly gift cards!

  2. Calvin says:

    Great tips, I often wait until cyber monday.. but usually don’t participate at all.

  3. Debbie P says:

    Thanks for the great article. The only place I go on Black Friday is to my computer. Lol!

  4. Sandy Klocinski says:

    My own personal Black Friday tip is: Don’t. At least not in the stores. If you must shop on Black Friday, stick to online. I usually don’t participate…one thing I have learned about sales in my many years on this earth is that there will ALWAYS be another one!

  5. Marisela Zuniga says:

    These are all great tips!

  6. Sandy Klocinski says:

    These are awesome tips if you MUST shop on Black Friday. I wouldn’t go near a physical store on Black Friday!

  7. Dorothy Boucher says:

    I am so loving your tips and ideas here, I like grabbing my local newspapers to see whats happening and whats on sale. Another thing I do is map my shopping and keep track my to do list.
    @tisonlyme143

  8. LeAnn Harbert says:

    These are all great tips but I hate to be in a crowd.

  9. Sandy Klocinski says:

    Awesome tips for those who care to indulge. I just hate the crowds, although I suspect that online shopping has cut into that a bit. I know if I shop on Black Friday it will be online

  10. Mary Gardner says:

    These are great tips and absolutely planning ahead is most important.

  11. Lisa D says:

    Black Friday is only once per year and I never save enough – lots of items marked down worth more

  12. Tracie Cooper says:

    Great tips but personally Black Friday is NOT for me- way too cray cray!

  13. Lisa G says:

    where I live, Black Friday is like 20% off items we really do not need. online is much better especially Amazon

  14. Shannon says:

    Thanks so much for posting this, I usually do online sales like Amazon. All great things to remember.

  15. megan allen says:

    Really great tips! I love the black Friday sales! Thank you!

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