It’s Thanksgiving Day and you’re about to sink your teeth into a juicy piece of honey-baked ham followed by a bite of roasted turkey, but all you can think about is the stress of tonight’s shopping. You think back to last year’s shop ‘til you drop experience, and all you can remember are the long lines, pushy customers, and your throbbing feet at the end of it all. You vowed to your friends that you would never do it again until you checked your email and was astounded at all of the possible great savings. You begin to contemplate whether it’s worth it and then a commercial comes on while everyone’s watching the game that just screams at you “SALE!” So, you finally decide to join the thousands of people on this shopping extravaganza. We are here to tell you that there are strategies and things you can do to make this Black Friday one to remember and share.
Survive Black Friday – First thing’s first: enjoy the time with your family. A huge sale, regardless the savings, cannot replace quality time with your family. Make sure that if you’ve decided to attend any Black Friday events, that you make spending time with your loved ones a priority.
Next, with all of the apps available on cell phones these days, check out the Black Friday apps so you can zero in on what you’re looking for. Another key point is to remember that electronics, video games, and music are hot items for this spending event, so make a list of the items you’re going to search for. In the case of Black Friday, the early bird truly does catch the worm, so keep an eye out for stores that open their sales before Friday so you can avoid the rush on Thanksgiving and enjoy time with the people you care about the most.
You may want to also keep in mind that our local businesses participate in Clack Friday and with the amazing items sold in specialty stores, you could shop the deals without all of the chaos from bigger stores.
Always hold onto wisdom close to your heart as it is a key factor in getting the most out of these exceptional sales. You want to make sure that you check the reviews beforehand so that you purchase something worth your dollar. You can also look at different prices in the ads that come out prior to Black Friday so that participating stores that price match will honor your researched bargain!
It will be wise to bear in mind the catastrophes of the past when shopping fraud has occurred, so only bring cash or credit. This will eliminate the financial responsibility when it comes to fraudulent purchases.
Last on the wisdom list comes the good old fashion budget. Try to remember that money spent wisely is money saved, and just because there are door buster deals yelling “Pick me!” at the top of their advertisement lungs, doesn’t mean you have to empty your wallet to answer them.
Making a priority list in your mind is essential to this holiday season. Family and loved ones always come first. Just so you don’t forget, let’s go over all of the tips again so you can enjoy that turkey dinner and make memories worth cherishing instead of pictures in your head of swollen feet and exhausting bank statements.
Check out the online Black Friday apps
Make a budget
Only bring cash or credit
Research what you’re buying
Make a list of the items you want in the electronic section
Price match with those who participate
Check out local specialty stores and avoid big box lines