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Black Friday, is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and an ideal time to get the best deals on items on your list, whether you’re buying online or in stores. This year might have its challenges with product shortages, longer delivery times, and not enough help at the stores. Because of this many retailers are launching their holiday deals earlier than Black Friday. Whether you’re shopping for holiday gifts or you’re buying for yourself, scoring the best Black Friday deals means starting early. Here are some Black Friday Tips to help you plan to get the most out of the slew of discounts.
Black Friday Tips
Check the Ads and Apps
Many retailers start circulating their Black Friday ads weeks before the actual shopping day, which gives you plenty of time to start shopping for the best deals. Checking out the ads early will help you organize your day so you can save time as you take advantage of early sales. As part of mapping out your plan, learn when retailers require you to be in the store or online at specific hours. Compare prices to make sure you’re getting the best price, especially for higher-priced items where the savings can be significant.
Do Your Research Well Before Friday
As you spot items you want to buy, research reviews of different brands so you won’t be surprised by the quality. Find out this season’s hottest items so you’ll know which items will be harder to get. That way, you can prioritize them. Knowing the original prices of products will help you identify the significant markdowns versus a promotion for just a minor discount. Especially now in 2022 when prices are continually on the rise.
Look for the Early Sales
You don’t have to wait until Black Friday to take advantage of the flurry of discounts because many retailers offer early-bird discounts. You may even be able to get all your “Black Friday” shopping complete before Thanksgiving and avoid the crowds. Starting early also gives you a better chance of getting your items on time if the retailer runs out of stock due to recent issues with shortages or higher-than-expected demand. Expect retailers to advertise different deals throughout November and December, so keep a close eye on the price trends for your top items. Deals may be limited to a specific day or time period, and products may sell out quickly.
Plan Plan Plan
Mapping out your day will help you make the most of Black Friday, no matter if you’ll do most of your shopping online, in person, or a combination of the two. If you’re looking for the season’s hottest items, consider prioritizing them as ones to buy first, since they may go fast. You may have to be in line when the doors open to get dibs on your priority items. Some stores have specific hours for sales, so plan your day according to the sales you want to catch.
Ask for Gift Receipts
Gift receipts make it easier for your gift recipient to return or exchange the item. They typically include a description of the purchase, but not the price.
Avoid Over Spending
Set a budget and make a list in advance, then keep an eye on your balance as you spend. Some card issuers offer apps that help you easily track your spending while you’re shopping. You’ll be able to check your balance and available credit in real-time. Be aware that the season’s significant markdowns may tempt you to buy impulsively. However, remember that spending money you didn’t plan to spend isn’t really “saving.”
Returning Is Okay
Don’t hesitate to return things you don’t need even if you think you got a good deal on them. You can lower your credit card balance by taking unplanned purchases back to the store. Some retailers are offering extended return periods, which give you a little more time to make your return.
Black Friday is my favorite time to shop the deals are typically amazing and the adrenaline of shopping in person is the best feeling. Just remember to be kind when shopping in person and don’t cut in line! Have a Happy Black Friday Babes!