In general, I enjoy shopping but when Black Friday and Cyber Monday roll around, I become a raving Shopaholic, similar to a dog that has just been promised a big fat juicy meat bone. With a large family, deals excite me so I scrimp and save the rest of the year to be able to partake in the hottest holiday shopping days of the year (Black Friday and Cyber Monday) so I can get some pretty awesome gifts for my family.
But as this Shopaholic knows, you can’t go in blind. Many people get taken in by the excitement of those hot sale dales and end up buying stuff that isn’t really much of a deal at all. This article will help you out by detailing a few shopping tips to keep in mind for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
#1: Scope Out The Deals Beforehand
Thanks to the internet, Black Friday ads are released several days before the actual sales. I sign up at websites like Black Friday.Net so that I can get email alerts. Right when they post a new ad, they sent me a message and I can check out another place that may have good deals that I want to try to get.
#2: Map Out a Plan
Let’s face it, going in blind is a big no/no. Back in the day when I was still an inexperienced Black Friday shopping, I just picked a couple of stores and left. By doing that, I missed out on some great deals because I didn’t make a plan. For Black Friday you’ve got to make a plan. This even works for Cyber Monday except you’re making a virtual plan instead of an in person one. Decide on what stores you want to go to, what you want from those stores, what time they open and what items you want first. After you’ve done all that, make a map of where you are going first along with a note on what you hope to get from that store.
If you are also shopping for Cyber Monday, make a folder in your internet program and bookmark every single place that you want to shop at online so that on Cyber Monday you can go to the websites quickly instead of having to type out the addresses.
#3: Go to Bed Early
Stores that open for Black Friday are open at crazy times usually ranging from 3 AM to 5 AM as an opening times. If you are going to brave the crowds, you need some rest under your belt. Since my family has the main Thanksgiving meal at 1 PM, it leaves me enough time to visit with the family, eat some good grub and then be in bed by 8 PM. By going to bed early, I have enough energy to zip through the crowds and get my coveted sale item.
#4: Take Snacks
When I get up early for Black Friday, the last thing I want to do is take the time for a good breakfast. I am still tired and sales are on my mind. To avoid feeling the burn of hunger, I take snacks that I can eat while I am waiting in line or driving in my car to the next location. I get the food I need without having to take up more time in my busy morning.
#5: Take a Buddy
If you have someone that loves getting the good deals as much as you do, take them with you. Or perhaps you have a family member that is willing to be dragged along from store to store. Taking a buddy can help ensure that you get an item because you can send that person off to get something for you while repaying them the same favor if they want something that you’ll already be getting.
#6: Research Items: Sale Price Vs. Normal Price
Research the items on your list. Most stores do offer good deals but in between those good deals you’ll find one that just isn’t a good deal. You have to ask yourself at what price is something really worth it? When shopping for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, I want something to be at least 40% off if I am going to commit to getting up at an unnatural time and have to surge through the crowds. It has to be such a great deal that I usually won’t be able to get the rest of the year.