If you’ve ever shopped on Black Friday, you know the frenzy of shoppers can often resemble the scene from The Hunger Games when the tributes fight for the best supplies. Black Friday shopping is not for the faint-hearted and requires strategic planning for success. That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips to arm yourself for the competition ahead. Happy Shopping! And may the odds be ever in your favor!
- Make a game plan
- Create a list of where you want to go and what you want to buy using apps, websites, and inserts from the daily newspaper. Apps like Black Friday Shopping compile all the Black Friday deals for you by retailer and category. Many stores’ apps can even guide you through their store as you’re walking around the aisles. Websites, such as tgiblackfriday.com and theblackfriday.com, are also great resources to compare prices and find the best bargains.
- Research the products you want to buy
- Get an early start
- If you snooze, you lose. To ensure you get everything on your list, head to the stores early or even before they open in case there’s a line at the door (there probably will be).
- Bring a friend or family member
- A friend or family member can keep you company while you’re waiting in line and serve as an extra pair of hands to grab everything on your shopping list.
- Focus on electronics, not clothing
- Many consumer electronics are at their lowest prices of the year on Black Friday. Clothing, shoes and accessories, on the other hand, are not. If you do decide to shop for clothing, don’t settle for anything less than 40% off the full retail price.
- Bring store ads with you
- Many stores offer a “lowest-price guarantee” on advertised items provided you show the ad as proof. Taking advantage of this deal could save you a trip to another store for that same item.
- Don’t forget a gift receipt
- If you’re purchasing holiday gifts, ask the cashier for a gift receipt to make returns or exchanges easier for the recipient. The receipt will have a description of the item, but won’t disclose the price.
- Shop from the comfort of your home
- If you’re not up for the Black Friday craziness, you can still shop online and find great deals. According to Dan de Grandpre, CEO of DealNews.com, “70% of Black Friday door busters were available, at least briefly, at the store’s websites.”
Stay tuned for tips on Cyber Monday shopping!