Black Friday is a tradition for many shopaholics, and this year will be no different. Even with an economy that hasn’t made much of a recovery, people will still be out in droves. Waiting in line for their favorite store to open in the wee morning hours has become somewhat of the “norm” for shopaholics these days. If you are one of the many going out to brave the Black Friday sales, here are a few tips for shopping smart by yours truly, the shopaholic.
Make A List
A list is essential for shopping Black Friday. You need to make a list of the people you are buying for this year. On the list, make sure that there is not someone you could leave out. With money being tight, it is not always necessary to buy for the neighbor or people along those lines. Once you have that list made, you need to make sure there is no way to condense further. If you are absolutely set with the list, you can move on to the really fun part.
Look Through The Ads
While you can always buy the paper to get the ads, the internet has become your one stop to all things Black Friday. You can see many of the ads here and get a feel for what you want to get at which stores. While browsing through the ads, consider what you want to spend on each person and try to work that into the equation. Once you have looked through all the ads, it is time to take it to the next level.
Do Your Research
Researching is where the “smart shopping” comes into play. You have made a list of the things (and prices hopefully) you want. Now while going through the ads or searching online, make sure those are in fact deals. Sometimes stores will have a handful of superb deals and the other deals are only $5 or $10 off the original price. Don’t get taken and shop just one store, make sure you get all you can for each dollar you spend.
Make A Game Plan
Alright, now that you have gathered all the info you need, it’s time to put a plan in motion. Organize a list of stores you need to get to for the sales. Once you have done that, you will need to prioritize them. Which store has the deals ending early? Which stores have limits on certain items? Once you have decided where you need to be first, make a complete game plan of what stores you will go to and in which order. Mark all the stores in order and number them, then estimate how much time you need in each store. This will give you a pretty accurate account for your day.
These are just a few fool proof methods to saving money and shopping smart on Black Friday. This year, make sure you get everything you want without worrying if you could do better somewhere else.