Black Friday is almost here! I’m sure many of us have been waiting for this day to start our Christmas shopping. Maybe you’re hunting for a good deal on a gift for a loved one. Or, maybe you’re on the lookout for bargains on clothing to update your wardrobe. Whatever you may be looking for during this Black Friday, make sure you’re well-prepared in order to maximize your savings.
Study the deals from your favorite retailers.
First things first, you need to figure out what deals are being offered. I like to use Slickdeal’s Black Friday Ad section because the deals are organized by retailers, which helps me narrow down which stores to look into. The deals are also ranked by how popular they are amongst Slickdeal users so you know if you’re actually getting a good bargain.
Start by noting down what items you’re interested in and which retailers are offering deals on those items. You’ll need this list for your next task.
Compare the prices.
Take the list you just created and start comparing the prices of an item between the different retailers. You’d be surprised by the differences in pricing for the same item. Create a sublist and rank the prices from lowest to highest. For example, if I’m looking at the prices of a Chromecast, here’s what my list would look like:
- Walmart: $20
- Target: $25
- Best Buy: $35
Keep in mind that just because a retailer is offering the best price on paper, it doesn’t always mean you’re getting the best bargain. You’ll figure out why later in this blog post.
Check for additional deals and perks.
Did you know that you might be able to include additional savings on top of the Black Friday deal offerings?
RetailMeNot is a site I use to look for coupons and codes. Retailers usually don’t allow for the stacking of coupons and codes on top of deals, but you might get lucky. You won’t know if you don’t try.
Ebates is another site I use when I do my shopping. They have partnered with a number of popular retailers to offer you cash back when you make a purchase. This works extremely well with big-ticket items and can usually be stacked on top of deals. Awesome, right?
Plan your shopping route.
Now that you’ve narrowed down what you want to buy on Black Friday, your last step is to figure out when and how you’re getting to the store location. You have a limited amount of time to hit up these stores so you don’t want to be wasting time finding parking or standing in line.
Ideally, you want to choose malls that include several of the stores you plan to visit. Try to factor in parking, as well as the time it takes to get in and out of the parking lot.
And there you have it – a guide for Black Friday shopping. Do you have other shopping hacks? Let me know in the comments below!