Will you be out shopping for the best deals on Black Friday? These five simple tips will save you time, avoid lots of frustration, and keep you under budget.
Black Friday is almost here, and we’ll undoubtedly be searching stores and online marketplaces for a great deal. It’s common to go a little wild at this time of the year – just look at some of the stories from past years! Black Friday can bring out the worst in us and we need to make sure that doesn’t happen.
The last time I shopped on Black Friday was SEVERAL years ago. I went out into shopping madness…but it wasn’t. I was in and out of Walmart in 15 minutes, with my new Lexmark 3430 All-in-One Printer for only $25.
You can download a handy printable checklist of which apps to download and use, and seven other Black Friday printables that will help you streamline (and enjoy) your shopping excursions and buying, including which days are best to buy which items! Simply sign in the box below. More info on this Black Friday/Cyber Monday Planning Kit and what is all included is at the end of this post. Enjoy!
Here are five simple rules you can follow to stay under your Black Friday budget.
1. Don’t Go Crazy
I really, really don’t want you to go crazy this Black Friday! Don’t get so worked up about a so-called ‘deal’ that you get into pushing fights with other people in a store!
Don’t go crazy with your money, either. Set a budget that must be adhered to at all times and make sure you don’t go over it.
Related: How to Budget
You’re guaranteed to be enticed by all sorts of deals during Black Friday, but it’s important that you don’t get overwhelmed by them.
Related: How to Easily Get Great Deals
2. Don’t Forget Cyber Monday
You might want to save some of your budget for Cyber Monday. This promotional day has become increasingly popular in recent years. It centers purely around the internet and you’ll get a boatload of great deals to browse. So, make sure you don’t blow your budget before Cyber Monday rolls around, or you might just miss out on something great.
3. Don’t Give Up On A Deal
Unfortunately, you can’t do much about it if a retail store runs out of stock right in front of you. But, with the popularity of internet-based deals, there’s always a chance that you might still get the deal you want. Retailers like Amazon often put stock back into rotation without informing anyone. So, that product you wanted that was ‘out of stock’ is worth tracking on a regular basis, just in case it appears as ‘available’ again.
4. Brush Up Ahead Of Time
If you want to maximize your chances of getting the best deals on Black Friday, you need to know your stuff. Websites like The Fortunate Investor can provide tips on how to save money and get the best deals, which can come in handy. You’ll also want to keep a track of the all the announced sales that are taking place before the day rolls around. That way, you can make sure you know exactly what you want to target first.
5. Make Sure A Deal Is A Deal
As I mentioned earlier, people get carried away on Black Friday. They’ll buy anything with a discount sticker on the box, but they don’t always get the best deal. You’ll often find that the deals of Black Friday are no better than normal ones you’d find on any day of the week. Do your research ahead of time to make sure you’re not just falling for an elaborate marketing tactic.
That’s it! You’re all ready for the chaos of Black Friday. Hope you have fun!
I created a few resources to ease the strain of holiday shopping.
I wanted to help streamline your holiday shopping so you can get the best deals.
HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:
Black Friday Planner – Track stores, items, hours, and discounts available.
What to Buy Thanksgiving Day/ Black Friday/ Cyber Monday – Find out which day from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday that you’re likely to score the best deals on specific items.