Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. It’s the day to grab steals and deals, but your planning must start before you hit the stores. Check out the ads days before and especially Thanksgiving Day. Make a list of the items that you are seeking. If you get chance, check out the more expensive items prior to Black Friday. You may find that the quality of item is not worth the time that you will spend obtaining them.
Many stores start Black Friday around 8:00 pm Thanksgiving Day. Here are a few Black Friday shopping tips to help make your shopping experience easier:
- Be patient and wear comfortable shoes.
- Carry a list of the items that you’re shopping for.
- Set a budget.
- Map out a route so you don’t have to back track to stores.
- Carry the ads with you, you may encounter a discrepancy with the sales clerk.
- Be an Early Bird shopper, between 5:00 am and 11:00 am, for the best deals.
- If possible, leave the children at home. You can accomplish more if you don’t have to stop to feed the little ones or leave because they’ve had a major meltdown.
- Shop on-line in the comfort of your home. On-line retailers offer Black Friday deals too.
- Get a gift receipt for any holiday purchases for exchanges or refunds.
Remember the true meaning of the holidays, and don’t overextend your purchasing power. Just because an item is on sale doesn’t men that it’s a bargain.