November 15, 2011

Top Tips for Black Friday Shopping Success

If you are going to shop in brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday, it is a good idea to strategize. People actually get hurt or even killed in some of the shopping frenzy! So be safe, have fun, and plan your day.

Here are some tips for planning Black Friday for shopping success.

Shop Online

Okay, this may sound like wimping out – but honestly, more and more online retailers are offering deals on Black Friday. Those deals may be in the middle of the night — beginning shortly after midnight on the Friday after Thanksgiving — but you won’t get injured trying to get in the door, and you can stay in your comfy PJs.

If you have a laptop or other mobile device to shop online, you can keep it by your bed, set your alarm, and just sit up and shop.

Make a Wish List

Make a list of what you intend to buy or are looking for on sale. This is your “master list” which you will refer back to each time you check with a retailer or browse ads.

Know Where the Bargains Are

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, take your wish list and line it up with what your local retailers are offering. Flat screen TV on the list? Check your local Target, Wal-Mart, etc. stores to see if they have any bargains on that item.

The same goes for online shopping – match up your wish list to sale items. Make notes on your wish list under each item – note where it’s on sale and for how much, and whether or not a rebate is involved.

Don’t Forget the Locals

The big chain retailers are usually what people think of when they consider Black Friday bargains; but don’t forget about the mom and pop businesses in your community. They may not have a big colorful flyer to advertise their sales, but call the store ahead of time to find out what sales they may be offering on Black Friday. You may be surprised at the deals you’ll get.

Read the Whole Ad

If you’re looking at printed ads, make sure you read all the fine print. Sometimes there are quite a few strings attached to the purchase, especially with regard to electronics.

Remember the Rebates

A rebate is only good if you remember to send it in. Manufacturers and businesses are counting on some people forgetting, so don’t be one of them!

Check your items right away to make sure they work and are in good order (even if it’s a gift). Then send in the rebate as soon as you are sure you aren’t going to be taking the item back.

Follow these tips so you’ll get great deals and stay safe this Black Friday.

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