Unbelievable deals abound on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, yet it’s a skill in itself knowing just how to take advantage of all these great deals. Heavy traffic, incredibly long checkout lines, and sold-out products can possibly make shopping on Black Friday a nightmare. Holiday shoppers may face disappointments not only on Black Friday but also on Cyber Monday if they are unsavvy about online shopping. Fortunately, Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping can go smoothly for customers. That is, if they use the right shopping strategies. Several tactics have helped me to have enjoyable shopping experiences on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and I’ll happily share these holiday shopping tips with you below.
First of all, if you are going after the special deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s very wise to prepare ahead of time. On the days leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, keep your ears and eyes open for deals that will be available on these two days. Print and online ads are often overflowing with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and it’s pretty hard to miss the repetitive commercials about Black Friday sales. Family and friends may also be able to share with you some of the hottest deals they’ve found.
Especially worth mentioning are those money-saving coupons and coupon codes for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I usually find coupons in the newspaper circulars, but I also visit the store’s website for even more coupons. I like to print several coupons directly from the store’s website and share these coupons with family members. It’s really a good idea to have extra coupons on hand so that you can pass them out to everyone in your shopping crew. By the way, the Simon Malls website is a good place to check for after-Thanksgiving deals and offers at stores in Simon malls. Don’t forget to provide stores with your email address so that they can send you special email offers. Since I’ve given several retailers my email address, I automatically receive special coupons and coupon codes by email. It’s very convenient having Black Friday and Cyber Monday coupons delivered straight to my inbox.
Now, here are my next words of advice for Black Friday: Be organized. Prioritize and decide which stores you should visit first, second, and so on. I find it helpful to pull out a notepad and map out the day, jotting down all of the stops I plan to make. Another smart move is to gather all of your coupons and circulars together and put them in a coupon organizer, pocket folder, or even a pocket photo album. This way, they’ll be organized and easy to get to as you shop on Black Friday. Also, plan to bring a telephone directory and keep it in your car. A phone book will come in handy because you may just need to look up a store’s phone number and call the store to find out if it still has a certain product in stock.
My final holiday shopping tips are for Cyber Monday. As always, make sure the websites you visit are reputable. It’s best to stick with internet retailers with whom you are most familiar. I would also suggest that you do some comparison shopping. If more than one internet retailer sells the same product, compare their prices to see which one is offering the hottest deal.
I hope these shopping tips will help you have a fun-filled shopping experience on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep on Thanksgiving evening so you’ll have the energy to venture out to the Black Friday sales.