Black Friday has arrived, and while shopping during this time can seem overwhelming and stressful, it can also provide the best deals of the holiday season. Planning ahead is the only way to shop successfully. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you navigate the biggest shopping day of the year.
1. Plan Ahead
Before leaving for your shopping venture, narrow down your list of stores, create a list of items to purchase, and have a plan before reaching the store. This will avoid wasting time and missing out on important deals.
2. Avoid Deals That Seem Too Good to Be True
The noisy crowds and flashy ads on Black Friday can lead to rash decision making and over spending. Trust your instincts. Most Black Friday deals tend to fall within the 20-30% off range and/or offer free shipping.
3. Subscribe to Retailer E-Newsletters
Many retailers offer exclusive deals and coupons to subscribers. Don’t miss out on those discounts!
4. Research Price-Matching Policies
Many retailers will price-match competitor deals. Be sure to research the store’s policies and save proof of lower pricing to provide in store.
5. Study Retailer Return Policies
Before purchasing a gift, be sure to read and comprehend the retailer’s return policy. Be sure to also secure gift receipts for the items purchased.
6. Verify Website Security Before Purchasing
Before entering any card information, click the lock icon at the top of the browser and verify the encryption certificate of the site you’re visiting.
7. Shop Incognito
Online stores often price their products according to your search history. Get the best online deals by clearing the cache before shopping, or by going incognito or private session on the web browser.
8. Shop Before Black Friday
Try to shop mid-week versus the weekend. There may be better deals and fewer crowds.
9. Save Retailer Advertisements
Save proof of retailer advertisements and bring them to the store. These can provide proof if there are price discrepancies.
10. Black Friday is Only the Beginning
Black Friday is only the beginning of the holiday season. If you choose to shop now or later, there is still plenty of time to save big!
There is an overwhelming amount of holiday advertising. Use the tips above to plan and ensure your shopping success!
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