It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means break out your wallets. Holiday shopping crunch time begins with bargain hunting on Black Friday. There are lots of great deals to be had on the day after Thanksgiving but the idea of braving the crowds can be intimidating. Here are some tips for handling Black Friday, and for those of you internet shoppers, some tips for Cyber Monday as well.
1.Check the Ads
Black Friday is all about finding the best deals on big ticket items. To have a successful Black Friday you have to start checking the ads now. You can check the ads in the newspaper or go to BlackFriday.info. Use the ads to identify the items you are interested in and to compare prices of different retailers. Check the ads for any early bird discounts or items that have a limited number in stock. I also recommend taking the ads with you when you go shopping on Black Friday to help you find exactly what you are looking for at the price you want.
2. Research the Products
After going through the Black Friday ads and identifying items of interest, take the time to research those items. There will be some amazingly cheap deals on technology items such as TVs, Blu-Ray players, and mp3 players by brands you have never heard of. It’s important that you research items you plan on purchasing to make sure they fit your needs. Use Consumer Reports website or the website of the company that produces the product you are interested in. Take the time to research to ensure that you are buying a quality product.
3. Make a Plan of Attack
Now that the research is done it’s time to plan out your Black Friday shopping. Take the time to prioritize the items so you can ensure you get the most important shopping done right away. If you are planing on capitalizing on any of the early bird specials you may want to arrive at the store before they open since the stock is usually limited. If you are an overly zealous shopper you may have to divide and conquer your shopping list and assign some of the shopping to your spouse or significant other. A specific plan of attack will help you come out a winner on Black Friday.
3 Tips for Cyber Monday Shopping
1. Compare Prices from Different Retailers
The key to a successful Cyber Monday is the research you do ahead of time. If you have a specific item that you plan on buying and you know what brand you want, research which website has the best deal. If you are open to various brands, for example Sony vs. Toshiba, then you need to research the different retailers for prices on both products. Comparing prices will take some time but it will be well worth it when you land that great deal.
2. Look for Free Shipping
Depending on which item you are purchasing, shipping can be quite expensive. Be on the lookout for websites that are offering free shipping on Cyber Monday orders. Also, there are many websites that will offer free shipping after you reach a certain spending amount. If you can find free shipping you can save yourself a nice chunk of change on Cyber Monday.
3. Use Trusted Sites on Cyber Monday
There are big risks to go along with the big rewards of Cyber Monday. Anytime you are using a credit or debit card to make online payments it can be a little scary. I recommend that you stick to well known retailers for internet shopping. Do your research and read reviews of the websites that you are planning on ordering from. The big name retailers usually have the benefit of the best return policies as well. I am willing to spend a little more to make sure I have the piece of mind that I am getting a great product and my personal information is safe.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Success
Follow these tips and you will have a great holiday shopping experience. The money you save on Black Friday and Cyber Monday should be enough to get something for yourself because you’ve earned it.