This post is about Black Friday shopping not “Brown Thursday” Shopping. I am one that believes in sleep and Thanksgiving family time. I am here to share some tips that have been helpful to me through the years. These tips are to help you get the most out of your money.
- Make a list. In the heat of the Black Friday experience, every deal looks good. Black Friday attempts to help stores get out of the red, but don’t help them by putting yourself in the red.
- Don’t bring credit cards/debit cards. Set a spending limit and use cash. We do this and end up spending way less than we did in previous years using cards. Cards are very easy to swipe, you feel no pain. Handing over cash hurts a bit and makes you more conscious of why you are spending it.
- Make a schedule. Stores open at different times on Black Friday plus some stores have mini sales that last just a couple of hours. The mini sale hours might be mid-day or evening hours.
- Bring a friend or family member to go with you. Do not try shopping alone, plus it is nice to have company while standing in lines.
- Really research a Black Friday deal. Sometimes the hype makes the sales better than they really are. A couple different apps let you scan the bar code and get prices of competitor stores. The good thing is you might not even need to brave the stores on Black Friday. The Internet has brought us a completely new way to find the best deals on everything we need.
- Research the item you want to buy. Read reviews and really decide if that item is for you. Sometimes the bigger box stores have an off brand electronics item for sale for really cheap and once you read reviews, you know you are getting what you pay for.
- Save money by packing a lunch so you don’t have to hit up fast food, which will also be busy.
- Dress Comfortably. While you make drug out your newest or favorite Christmas top or hat, make sure you are comfy for the long day of shopping. Wear comfortable shoes because you are going to be on your feet all day. If you live up north, dress in layers so once you get inside you aren’t sweltering in your parka.
- Don’t forget your coupons!!! Printable coupons, insert coupons, and in-ad coupons really make the savings add up. Plus, if you don’t pack a lunch don’t forget about restaurant coupons.
- Finally, have fun! Shopping for others/yourself is supposed to be fun! Please also be kind to the employees on this day. They are not responsible if something is gone and more than likely, they are temporary help just there for the shopping season. Christmas is about Jesus’ birthday, family, and giving. Don’t start off the holiday grumpy, mean, and stressed.
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