Best Black Friday Shopping Tips

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23:  Shoppers fill Macy's during the Black Friday sales on November 23, 2012 in New York City. Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season and busiest shopping day of the year for many retailers got it's name as it's said to put retailers 'in the black'. (Photo by Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)

We all know Black Friday offers the best holiday season shopping deals, but they only come to those who are prepared and in the right place at the right time. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the sales and discounts so you get the most bang for your buck.

1.Set a Budget

Gallup poll found that the average American family spends $770 on Christmas-related expenses. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend less? Before you start combing through ads and looking for deals online, you need to nail down your total Christmas budget and your Black Friday budget,allocate funds to each category. Add up the total to see if it’s an amount you can afford to spend. If not, prioritize your list of expenses and reduce the amount you allocate to low-priority categories.

People waited in line to make purchases at a Macy's department store in New York during last year's "Black Friday" shopping weekend.

2.Do Research

If you are planning on making a special purchase of a big-ticket item based on a Black Friday sale, it is important to remember to check consumer reports and read consumer reviews of the item before you decide to make the purchase. If the product is bad, just because you got it for cheap doesn’t make it a good deal. Take the time to make sure it’s a quality product and worth getting up early or staying up late for the price cut.

3.Browse the Deals Before You Go

Knowing which retailers are going to have what on sale and when before the big day will help you decide where and when you want to go, will help with budgeting, and will help you see who you have left to shop for. As you browse the deals, make a list with the product, who it’s for, the price, the location, and any special hours for the sale.


4.Compare Prices Before You Head Out

Shop around to see what the average retail price of an item is before you leave, so you can go to the store that is offering the best deal. Check to see what usually comes with the item you are looking for, and what the store is offering. Many stores offer”stripped down” versions of products, which means you will have to spend money on accessories. Take time to see what accessories you will need to determine if the deal is really worth it or not.

5.Early Bird and Night Owl Specials

Many stores advertise early bird deals, generally between 4 and 11 a.m., to help draw in the crowd, but also offer night owl specials between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. to draw in the crowd that doesn’t like to get up early, but would rather stay up late. Cashing in on these deals is not only a good way to beat the crowd, but it’s a good way to guarantee the getting will be good, because typically, once the deals are gone, they are gone.


6.Familiarize Yourself with Store Policy

As stores are becoming stricter on return and exchange policies, knowing the store policies before you go can help you decide where to shop and what places to avoid. Most stores are now starting to charge a restocking fee and closing the return window, so customers do not have as long to return a product. The amount of time you have to return something is important since you’re buying nearly a month in advance. Having a receipt is also very important, because no receipt often means no return.

7.Use Store Credit Cards

I’m not saying go out and max your cards. You will still have to practice budget savvy shopping and make regular payments to avoid hefty interest charges, but many stores offer extra discounts and warranties if you make purchases on your store card. This, when paid in full as if it were cash, can offer extra savings benefits


8.Don’t Forget the Gift Receipt

Many stores are printing a gift receipt so you can include a receipt with the gift in the event of return or exchange, without divulging how much money you spent on the item. While many stores do this automatically for holiday season purchases, it is important to ask for one so you can be sure to have it for the recipient.

9.Keep Your Cool

It’s easy to become irritable on Black Friday – it’s early, intense, and crowded. I’ve witnessed numerous arguments break out between shoppers over items and places in line


Final word:

Black Friday is right around the corner, so now is the time to start preparing. With proper planning and sufficient research, you can snatch up great deals and have a lot of fun doing it. Plan a schedule and a strategy, and stick to it. After all, what’s better than saving hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars on purchases you need to make anyway?

What other ideas do you have for saving on Black Friday? Do you prefer to shop online, or do you hit the stores? Please let me know.

Finally,I hope you can get the maximum discount, you want to buy the goods.


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