Oh it’s coming — that day of crazy bargains and even crazier shopping: Black Friday is just over a month away! After the turkey and trimmings have been put away, it’s time to grab your running shoes and put your shopping strategies in place to grab those deals as you start the holiday shopping season. Check out these tips for preparing for Black Friday.
Make a Plan
Don’t go into your Black Friday shopping frenzy without a plan. Most stores will offer their sale ads online days before Thanksgiving, and we will be posting Black Friday ads as soon as they come available here on Addicted to Saving. We also have a Black Friday Category and a Black Friday Page that we will be updating as the ads/deals come available, so bookmark the page in your browser for easy access. Of course, you can grab a newspaper and plan your strategy after your Thanksgiving meal if you prefer. Either way, you need a plan. Saving money doesn’t just magically happen! Decide which bargains you want to go for then make a plan to make it happen. You will need to decide which stores you want to shop at and make a list of the items you want to buy at each store. Decide in which order you will go to which store.
Write it Down (or print a list)
Don’t rely upon your memory — Black Friday will be stressful, confusing, and very busy. Write down your list of items at each store, or print the deals you really want from the Black Friday Ads in the a Black Friday Page.
Set Your Budget
I can’t tell you have important this is. While I will find you plenty of wonderful Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, you shouldn’t buy something just because it’s a deal! Make a budget for how much you want to spend during your Black Friday excursion and stick to it. Will you be paying cash, writing checks, or using debit and credit cards? Decide ahead of time how much money you want to spend and how you want to spend it. I discourage credit card shopping as much as possible, unless you are in a financial position where you are 100% comfortable that you will pay it off in full the next billing cycle. As you make your shopping list, note how many you need of each item. Keep in mind that some stores may only allow you to purchase one or two of certain items.
To make your Black Friday shopping a success, you may need to call in the troops. Enlist fellow savers in your shopping spree master-schedule. Will you be taking the whole family? Will you be shopping with friends? Put your heads together as you plan your strategy. If there are five shoppers in your group and five stores that you all want to shop at, make out your lists then split them up. Instead of each of you having your list of items from five different stores, send one person to one store with everyone’s list for that particular stores.
Use Your Cell Phones
If you are shopping with a group, be sure to make use of your cell phones to communicate while you are shopping. Keep each other posted about your whereabouts and what items you have managed to snag so there are not unnecessary duplicates.
Since I’m online all the time anyhow trying to find deals for you all (and myself!), I’m more of an online kind of Black Friday shopper. Join my Holiday Deals group on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and set up your Twitter account to get a text every time I post a deal. Then turn it off once the Holiday Shopping season is over (or keep it on to get year round deals!) See my post HERE about how to turn on Text Alerts on your twitter account. Both of these ways are excellent ways to stay on top of the latest deals.
Whatever you do, don’t approach your Black Friday shopping haphazardly or without a plan in place. In order to survive the throng of frenzied shoppers and snag the bargains you are after, you will need to work out a good plan ahead of time. Decide which stores you want to visit, strategize with your buds, and keep in touch during your shopping so your Black Friday bargain hunting will be a success.
- Make sure you check out the Holiday Gift Ideas for Less on Addicted to Saving as your bargain-hunting this holiday shopping season.