I am not a black Friday shopper. I love my family time and sleep too much, but for a lot of people, it’s a tradition. I have to admit sometimes the deals are hard to let go by, but once I see the lines that are outside the store days ahead of time I am more than happy to be sitting at home spending time with my family.
I do have some tips for all of you daring shoppers, though! While it’s fun and the saving are sometimes out of this world, you do need to be strategical.
Make A Budget
I know I sound like a broken record, but just like you should have a Christmas budget, you also need a Black Friday budget. Look at the ads and know what you’re going to buy. Make a list and make sure you deduct that money from your Christmas budget. Don’t get carried away. Remember no matter how good the deals is if it doesn’t fit in your budget you can’t afford it.
Do your research. Know what you’re buying, check the reviews, and see what the prices are at other stores. I don’t mean for the small things but for items that cost a lot or any electronics, you definitely should compare and see if it’s worth the money. For example, some stores offer big Tv’s for a great price, but if you notice the brands aren’t as well known. Don’t make the mistake of a lower price tag making you buy a lower quality. Sometimes the quality is worth paying a little more.
When making your list make sure you list items in order of importance. You’re more than likely not going to be able to get everything you want, so go after the must haves first. While you’re looking at the ads, take notice because some stores are doing staggered starting sales. Meaning the sales are starting at different times. This will get you a better chance of getting what you want.
Take What You’re Going To Spend
I would normally say take cash, but I don’t think taking cash would be a good idea. I suggest sitting down and figuring out what you’re going to spend. If this is a store, you regularly shop at then buy a gift card for what you expect to spend or use your debit card. Why not cash? cash is easy to lose and or for someone to steal.
Don’t listen to other shoppers
Don’t listen to other shoppers. Just because they say something is a really good deal don’t listen! Buy what you planned and nothing more.
I remember one year ( a long time ago before kids) and purchased a cell phone. I didn’t need or want to phone but bought it because people were going crazy over it. I ended up returning it because I had no use for it.
Don’t let people’s excitement for something make you spend money that you don’t have!
Skip the stores
Shopping in the store isn’t as big as it used to be. Most of the time you can find as good if not better deals online! Skip the camping out for the day (people here really do it!) and just buy it online. You have to admit saving a buck, or two isn’t worth sleeping outside in the cold, fighting, or even missing family time. Stay in your pj’s and shop from the comfort of your home.
I love to price match. I know I also tell you to do it all the time, but you can price match Black Friday too! Grab the ad and Google for a store near you that will price match a black Friday deal! It’s a win-win! You get the deal, save money, and you don’t have to be out late trying to get something you might not get anyway!
Listen fighting and pushing isn’t worth it. Be nice. Don’t make getting a deal into getting a free trip to jail. Think of it this way if you have to have bail money your not going to be saving anything anyways! Kill them with kindness!
Happy shopping to all you daring shoppers! Good luck on scoring some great deals!
Do You Shop on Black Friday?