The best tip for preparing for Black Friday is to prepare like you heading into battle, and that is exactly how effective Black Friday shoppers prepare. You see, the incredible “Door Buster” specials that each store is offering are only valid for a limited time, which means those deals need to be snatched up quickly because the good ones do go fast. The problem is a lot of people are looking for a great deal, and who can blame them. Veteran Black Friday shoppers know the key to getting as many of those bargains as possible is an old military adage: divide and conquer.
Of course, the first thing any shopper needs to know is what items are on sale at which store. While shoppers can wait until Thanksgiving Day to pick up advertisements, there are several different methods for getting a sneak peek at the great bargains to be had. Websites like www.bfads.net post retailers ads well in advance of Black Friday, and using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can also get shoppers copies of the ads well before the date of the sale, some stores will even allow customers to sign up for an email copy of the ad. Savvy shoppers use this information to draw up a shopping battle plan.
Once shoppers have identified which deals they want at which stores, it is time to split up the troops. Normally, one person could hop from store to store and purchase just about everything on their list. On Black Friday, the lines are long and the deals so great time is of the essence, and using two or three shoppers at a few different locations can be the key to saving a few hundred dollars. Basically, putting one person in charge of one store allows everyone in the team to attack from a different front.
While Black Friday is famous for crowds and long lines, Cyber Monday is the online version of this money saving paradise. Cyber Monday has no lines, no crowds, and no waiting in the cold for a store to open while still digesting a ton of turkey. Cyber Monday is famous for online coupons or codes. These coupons can be good for free shipping or a percentage off a purchase, and some of the best offer twenty percent off and free shipping. Sites like cybermonday.net and cybermonday.com have lists available for what coupons are available at what online retailer as well as what items are on sale, and allows customers to plan accordingly. The deals generally start at midnight and some do go fast, so customers who take a few minutes to prepare themselves are generally rewarded the best.