Black Friday shopping tips are a must for this season mad house seasonal shopping. Are you prepared? Let me help you.
It’s that time again! The shopping season madness. As a personal shopper, shopping is now a job and I have a plan. To make the most out of your shopping list you want to be prepared so you can get the best deals, and save the most money. Make this something of giving back and being nice, not stress and having no Christmas Spirit. Get relaxed and get a plan. I am here to help! Check out my top tips for shopping black Friday deals and finish with a smile on your face.
1. Be prepared. This means studying the ads before Black Friday. By now, many of the major retailers have released their Black Friday in-store specials, so check one of the comprehensive Black Friday-focused websites such as bfads.net, blackfriday.info, theblackfriday.com, and gottadeal.com to see whether you’re getting the best deal. Some sites let you filter your searches by product categories, such as TVs.
Dress in layers. While it’s freezing cold outside, the stores are toasty warm. I wear my long sleeve thermal and comfy jeans with my trusty flat boots. I bring a light jacket that is great for standing out in lines and easy to stuff in my purse when I am running around shopping. Leave the big coat at home!
2. Shop online first. Why leave the family and your comfy couch if you don’t really have to? Before you brave the crowds at the stores, check to see if the retailer is offering the same—or even better—deals on its website. In past years, some of the biggest retailers have offered online sales during Black Friday week that have included many of the same items offered as part of their in-store Black Friday events and often combined with low- or no-cost shipping deals. And some retailers will offer online exclusives you couldn’t get even by walking into one of their retail locations. . The stores I shop the most are Amazon, Zappos, and 6pm.com. Amazon is having a week long “black friday event”. You can start today!
3. Sign up for e-mail alerts. Many retailers now use e-mail alerts to encourage store loyalty and frequent shopping. Sign up for alerts that will let you know about upcoming promotions and to receive coupons or discounts.
4. Get Social: Use social media to find out about deals as well by following stores on Twitter and Facebook. You can receive extra deals from the stores. You can also track on Twitter if deals are worth it or if sale items are sold out throughout Brown Thursday/Black Friday.
5. Get The App. Before you head out to the store, make sure your smart phone or Iphone is charged and loaded with a few key comparison-shopping apps (such as ShopSavvy, ShopKick, and RedLaser, and I love new target app cartwheel) that will let you see special deals and compare prices while you’re in the store. Many include a bar-code scanner that lets you scan and compare prices, plus a QR-code reader that can sometimes get you coupon codes or special deals.
If you see that an item is cheaper at a nearby store, try showing that price on your phone to a store manager and see if he or she will match that deal. Also consider the Black Friday App, from dealnews.com, for up-to-date Black Friday info, and try Evernote or List Weaver if you need to make and take a shopping list with you to help you keep on track.
6. Create a budget: Many Black Friday sales, especially door buster specials that are typically available in limited quantities, are designed to get you into the store so retailers can try to sell you something more profitable. Decide ahead of time how much you want to spend, and resist impulse buying in the store, especially if you don’t know how good a deal you’re really getting.
7. Jen’s Must Shop Deals: These are some of my favorite deals this year that you need to check out.
- Target: Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle with Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures, $189.99 (regular price $299.99); Nintendo 3DS XL, $149.99 (regular price $199).
- Walmart: Nintendo 2DS, $99.
- Apple: Up to $101 off Macbook Pro and Macbook Air. Only certain locations are opening on Thanksgiving Day.
- H&M: Styles starting at $2.95. They are cutting prices by 70%. I will be there for sure to stock up on kids clothes.
- Forever 21: They started their black Friday sale Monday. Everyday there is something new for example, Monday it was $10 off all their boots. You need to get on their email list asap. It’s a must!
- Target: iPad Air for $479, but it’ll be like paying $379 with the receipt of a $100 gift card with the purchase. iPad Mini or iPod Touch purchase comes with a $75 gift card.
- Walmart: First-generation iPad Mini for $299, but it’ll be like paying $199 with the receipt of a $100 gift card with the purchase. iPhone 5S or 5C purchase with two-year contract comes with a $75 gift card.
8. Check Local Saving Blogs: These blogs will have the best deals in your area. For our area here in Utah, I love fabulessly Frugal blog. They offer up to date deals and must haves all over town.
I will be posting a new deal each day that is a must save on my blog www.jenclydestylist.com. Subscribe so you can stay up to date with all your must haves for the season. Good luck and BE NICE TO EVERYONE!
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