The biggest shopping day of the year is here. But, with so many huge deals from so many retailers, Black Friday can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get the best deals on Black Friday.
When Does Black Friday Start?
Black Friday officially starts on November 29th, but it isn’t limited to just one day anymore. That means you don’t need to wait to get your Ultra HD TV at half price. In fact, many retailers start offering great pre-Black Friday deals weeks ahead of the big day.
When you shop early, you’ll be able to avoid the crowds of Black Friday. Also, you probably won’t run into “out of stock” issues if you get your shopping done ahead of time. However, the discounts you get days before Black Friday might not be as great as on the day itself. But, if avoiding long lines mean more to you, we suggest that you shop early.
In the past, major retailers usually listed their Black Friday ads in the first few weeks of November. So, if you want the best deals, start checking around the same time they announced last year.
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Tips to Find the Best Black Friday Deals
In order to get the most out of Black Friday, it’s important to scope out the best deals for the items that you really want. It might take some work to find the best deals, but the sooner you start looking, the more you can save.
Follow Retailers and Brands on Social Media
One of the easiest ways to find great deals is to follow major retailers and brands on social media. Retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg usually post their best deals on social media in the days and weeks before Black Friday.
Sign up for Newsletters
When you decide which stores you want to shop at, you can find exclusive offers by signing up for their newsletters. Most retailers and brands will send out newsletters with their best deals before Black Friday starts. Also, be sure to sign up for the HelloTech newsletter, which will feature articles on the best Black Friday deals, as well as tech support deals for the rest of the holiday season.
How to Make a Black Friday Shopping List
Now that you know what the best Black Friday deals are, it’s important to make a list and put the items that you really want at the top.
A good starting point for lists would be your Christmas recipients. Think of who you’re getting gifts for, and what you want to get them. Also, think of upcoming special events. Perhaps someone in your family is getting married next year, or your kid is moving out soon and could use a new WiFi router.
Going out to shop on Black Friday without a list can lead to trouble. Without a list, many people give in to their impulses and buy things they don’t need. For example, you might be tempted to get those extra wires and extended warranties for all the new items that you bought. But, chances are that these “extras” will be overpriced on Black Friday. So, you might be better off purchasing these items at another time.
Black Friday Tips to Get the Best Deals
Become a Member
Some retailers will offer early access to members, so be sure to sign up for loyalty cards before you start shopping. For example, Target will let REDcard holders access their deals several hours before everyone else. Plus, you’ll save even more on Black Friday deals with a member card.
Use Reward Cards for Extra Savings
Once you are a member, be sure to also sign up for a rewards card with the retailer you plan on buying items from. Retailers like Best Buy and Amazon will give you rewards points, which can save you quite a bit of money, depending on how much you spend.
Since you will probably spend quite a bit on Black Friday, it can’t hurt to get some of that money back.
If you do not have a rewards card for a certain store, you might want to consider using a credit card that offers cashback, frequent flier miles, or other rewards.
Compare Prices to Get the Biggest Discounts
Not all deals are created equal. To get the biggest discounts, compare prices before you start shopping, and before you buy anything. These days, it’s easy to compare prices using free mobile phone apps. They let you scan bar codes and give you a list of other places where the items are offered at lower prices.
Check Store Policies for Returns and Price Matching
If, after making a price comparison, the item that you need is cheaper elsewhere, the store may or may not be willing to price match. Before you go in, make sure that you are aware of a retailer’s price matching policies. Otherwise, you might just be wasting your time and money.
Another policy to be familiar with is on returns. Depending on the retailer, you might have to pay for restocking free when you bring an item back.
Shop Online, Avoid the Crowd
Sure, you can wait for Cyber Monday, but you can also find great online deals on Black Friday as well. If you’re not looking forward to long lines and crazy crowds, we suggest sticking to online shopping. If you go the cyber route, be sure to look into free shipping deals as well.
Beware of Doorbuster Specials
Speaking of crowds, take care to avoid doorbuster specials. They are not always as special as they claim to be. Typically, these doorbuster discounts are limited to the first 100 or 200 people. Sometimes they are only meant to entice people to come to their brick and mortar stores.