Can you believe it’s almost here? The holidays are just around the corner – and you know what that means? It’s time to get our holiday shopping on! With Black Friday on the horizon, establishing a game plan early is the first step to getting the best deals and finding all those must-have goodies for your family and friends. With all the online shopping out there – the rules have changed a bit – it’s not all about standing in line at 4a.m. anymore, but you still have to be prepared for the busiest shopping day of the year. Keep reading for a quick guide on how to score the best deals on Black Friday. And, happy shopping!
Here’s the good news. Many retail shops now rely on the web to spread the word about their Black Friday deals and that means you can easily plan ahead. Knowing where the door busters are isn’t a surprise anymore and you can come up with a game plan for hitting all the shops and getting all the extra-special deals you’re after.
Sign up for all the email notifications you can and then be sure to watch your inbox like a hawk. Knowing is half the battle on Black Friday and paying attention to those promotional emails will give you the leg up you need.
Believe it or not, some of the best deals are actually happening before Thanksgiving. A serious break in tradition, but times have changed a bit! Be prepared to scope out your favorite online retailers in the days leading up to Thanksgiving – and be ready to go for it when you find what you’re looking for. When it comes to shopping for Black Friday and pre-Black Friday deals, there’s no time for waffling. Know what you want, what your budget is and go for it.
The early bird gets the worm, even with web-based retailers. We all know that the dedicated shoppers who are ready to go early on get the best door-busting deals and it’s the same online. Be ready with your computer, your coffee and your credit card at the crack-of-dawn to be one of the first to score the best deals.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a price match. These days retailers will do what they have to in order to keep your business, so don’t be afraid to speak up. Even some credit card companies offer price match guarantees – so do your research before you get out there, and if you spot a better deal after you make a purchase, be sure to let the retailer know. In all likelihood they will match the price.
Keep yourself on track and organized by making a list and a budget – and stick to it! You know what you need and who you need it for – don’t waver. Sticking to your budget will help you source the best deals and will help you keep a clear head when you’re thinking of overspending. Remind yourself that the budget and list is there to help make this holiday season enjoyable rather than stressful – and knowing that will keep your Black Friday shopping on track.
Are you ready for Black Friday? What type of deals are you hoping to score?