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10 Tips to Successful Black Friday Shopping
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is considered the unofficial start of the Christmas holiday shopping season. It is typically one of the busiest shopping days of the year and retailers know it. In an effort to take advantage of the increased store traffic, most retailers will open very early to offer shoppers steep discounts on popular gift items.
Traditionally, Black Friday shoppers will encounter big sales on electronics, sporting goods, clothing and toys. Sales usually are the best during the early hours, but some stores offer sales throughout the day. How do you know what items will bring you the best bargains?
Most Black Friday sales flyers are delivered to consumers around Thanksgiving Day. In addition, several websites have now begun posting store ads and information as early as a month in advance. Just be sure the prices have been confirmed to avoid wasting time looking for products that are not available.
Most stores open by 5 or 6 AM with door buster sales lasting only until 9 or 10 AM. To make sure you get the most out of your Black Friday shopping experience, here are a few tried and true tips.
1. Access the sale flyers as soon as possible. This may mean grabbing the newspaper out of Grandpa’s hands, or more appropriately, surfing the web. Make your shopping list with this information.
2. Plan your route! If you are shopping alone, choose the most important item to purchase and go to that store first.
3. If you are tag team shopping, split up your lists and cover twice as much ground. It does help to carry a cell phone so you can find your shopping partner quickly and know what they have picked up.
4. Get there early- preferably before the stores open. There will be lines waiting outside!
5. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Don’t worry about dressing up; this shopping day isn’t about vanity!
6. Leave the kids at home! If that is not possible, remember to bring juice and snacks and a stroller!
7. Get the most important items on your list first and then look around for bonus sales.
8. Bring the right vehicle! Remember if you buy a 42 in TV, leave the compact car at home!
9. Be sure to bring all the information you will need to avoid returns if possible. Gather sizes, color preferences and other information from your family so you can take advantage of unadvertised sales along the way.
10. Have fun! (No pushing or shoving!) Remember that crowds are a given and there is usually enough merchandise to go around. On the off chance there isn’t, remember, another sale will usually come along, and there is always Cyber Monday!
P.S. If you want to skip the lines and chaos altogether, try shopping Black Friday shopping online this year! I love buying gifts on Amazon Prime because of their 2 day shipping. 😉