The Black Friday ads are already leaking and many stores have constructed their Black Friday game plan to make the day run smoothly. For many shoppers, Black Friday is the best shopping day of the year, and they can’t bear to miss that rush.
Are you among that crowd? Here are 6 tips to help you score the best deals for Black Friday this year.
1. Plan the Best Area
Driving and parking are going to be crazy all day long. If you can work your shopping plan to include a mall or shopping center with several major stores close by, you can save yourself a lot of time and stress from driving around and looking for a parking spot.
Try to secure your spot early and hit all of the surrounding stores before leaving your prized parking spot. This will make it easier on you if you have to make multiple trips to your car to unload your hauls.
2. Carry Ads With You for Price Matching
Walmart and Target are the popular choice for price matching. You can skip stores like Best Buy or Staples if Walmart or Target carry the same item.
Be sure to read up on the store’s price matching policy before you go, and be aware that many stores will not price match limited quantity deals. You can also download the Black Friday app from FatWallet to keep track of the other stores’ ads on-the-go.
3. Don’t Forget to Check Online
It turns out that you might not even have to leave the house to score the best deals for Black Friday. Many stores update their sites with the same deals Thursday night/Friday morning.
You might not be able to find all of the doorbusters online, but you can get most of the great deals. Don’t forget to shop through Ebates for cash back when shopping online, and make sure you apply an online coupon if you can find one. Oh, and you don’t have to stand in line!
4. Team Up
Don’t do Black Friday shopping alone. Go with friends or family members. Look up all of the deals together beforehand and make a plan for who will get what. This will allow you to get as many doorbusters as possible.
For example, one person can be in charge of the $2 DVDs while another person can snag amazing toy deals. This allows you to be in two places at once. It’s also a good idea to have one person stand in line and then switch out, so you decrease your amount of time spent in line, while giving everyone their turn to shop the store.
5. Buy Gift Cards in Advance
You can score several gift cards and score merchandise credit for a discount through eBay or sites like Giftcardgranny.com. If you already know where you plan on shopping, then these discounted gift cards can save you an additional 10-25% extra.
6. Pay with Your Credit Card
Cash is always king, but there are some great benefits to shopping with your credit card during Black Friday. First off, your finances will be protected if you lose your card or if there are any fraudulent charges.
Many credit cards also offer free one year warranties and refund protection on purchases, which can then save you money later on.
However, this tip is only for those who are responsible with credit. Your Black Friday plan shouldn’t include any debt, especially if you already have consumer debt. You can check out this post for tips on how to avoid debt during the holidays!
If you love the rush of Black Friday, then you should use the best strategies to get the best deals.
Do you like to shop on Black Friday? How do you strategize to get the best deals? Do you prefer shopping in stores, or online?