5 Black Friday Shopping Tips

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. While Black Friday is officially the day after Thanksgiving, but many stores like Target have started opening on Thanksgiving. So people can start their holiday shopping before the Thanksgiving dinner leftovers are even cold.

However you need to remember that just because it’s on sale during Black Friday doesn’t mean that you’re getting the best deal. Sometimes in the frenzy of sale shopping people end up with buyer’s remorse because they didn’t check the model number or just didn’t know what the competitors were charging for the same product.

Here are some tips to make your Black Friday shopping trip a little safer for your wallet and your sanity:

1. Know what you’re buying – You never want to go into a store on Black Friday without a plan. The stores will be full of sales signs, pointing you in every direction, offering you things you don’t really need. It can be tempting. That’s why it’s important to identify exactly what you want to buy.

2. Research before you shop– For most things you only need to check to see what the price is online and in sales circulars for local stores. However with electronics you need to look at the price for the specific model number. Then you need to make sure that all the features match. Some Black Friday deals are on items that are specially made for these sales at a reduced price and lack some features that you may want.

3. Make a plan – Make a list of what you want to buy, which stores have the best price and the opening time of those stores. This is a great time to think about who you can enlist for your shopping trip. Take your list and arrange stores in order by opening time since that’s when the best deals are available.

4. Get some help – Going in a group will save you a lot of your precious time. Having people spread out in one store or each of you going to a different store will allow you to get more done in less time. You’ll need to coordinate your shopping and make sure everybody’s cell phone is charged so you can keep in touch.

5. Take care of yourself – Black Friday can be the source of a lot of shopping drama. While it’s great to save money, it’s not worth getting hurt over. Shopping can also de physically and mentally draining, so take a few minutes between stores, bring a snack and don’t stress it if you miss a sale item.

Black Friday deals can save you some money on your holiday gifts. If you miss the sale you’ve been waiting for don’t worry, maybe you’ll find it on Cyber Monday.

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