Every year my husband and I use black Friday and cyber Monday to take full advantage of all the holiday deals. We purchase most of our Christmas gifts at this time. If you are a hard core shopper there are some wonderful deals out there you just need to be prepared. Here are some simple tips for serious shoppers to get the most out of their black Friday and cyber Monday shopping.
Be sure you prepare for your black Friday and cyber Monday shopping by researching sales. Many stores are already sending out flyers, coupons and advertisements on the specials they will be having. This is the perfect opportunity for you to make a list of what you are setting out to buy for the holidays. It is also a good time to compare the products you want to purchase from different stores to see where the best sales will be.
Make A Plan
Another tip to make the most of your black Friday and cyber Monday shopping is have a plan. These are the busiest shopping times of the year and serious shoppers need a strategy. For black Friday know what stores you will be going to, in what order you will visit them and what time you will start shopping. Many stores open at different times so a great way to get the most of your shopping time is to visit them in the order the open. The same tip applies on cyber Monday if there is a certain must have items you are want to purchase for Christmas gifts visit the Website or Websites first to be sure you do not miss your top picks.
On a hectic shopping day like black Friday you want to be sure you are familiar with the area of town you are shopping in. If you will be going to a new store it is worth the time to make yourself familiar with its location and driving directions. Nothing will waste more of your shopping time than getting lost. This is also important for inside the store. Many high demand sale items will be in the center aisles of the store when they open for business, but most wont. Be sure you know where the department your item will be in is at so you can make a bee line for that area.
Have A Shopping Buddy
Whether it is your spouse, significant other, a relative or a friend it is important to have someone shop with you. Serious shoppers go out at very early hours on black Friday for safety it is good to have someone with you since you will most likely be out in the dark shopping. You can also divide and conquer when you get in the store. You can each head to different locations of the store to snag as many items on your gift list as possible.
Arrive Early And Prepared
Serious shoppers do not wait until after a store opens to arrive to shop. Many stores start to get lines a hour or more before they open so it is important to arrive early if you want that certain item. Be sure you are dressed properly for the weather if it is cold you will feel it quickly if you are outside standing in a line. Bringing snacks and drinks is an important tip, you need to have the energy for your shopping day. If you are shopping on cyber Monday even though you do not have to leave your home pay attention to what time the Website starts their sale. If it begins at midnight you want to be sure you are ready to shop.
Have Fun and Be Courteous
I think my most important tip for serious shoppers on black Friday is to have some fun. Shopping is supposed to be enjoyable not stressful, yes you are out trying to get the ultimate bargain but remember to enjoy the spirit of the season. It is not the end of the world if you do not get a certain gift. One year we missed a television we wanted to purchase, we later found a better deal later so it was a win, win situation. And always remember that the holiday season is about happiness and joy. Always be kind to others when you are shopping for your gifts, you will find that kindness is contagious.