I have seen the future, and it’s filled with unbelievable ways to save money during this holiday season’s multitude of Black Friday savings events.
Okay, full disclosure, I haven’t truly seen the future – not exactly. But I have been paying close attention to the abundance of advertising this year. And it feels like the Black Friday deals continue to get bigger and better each year – not to mention earlier and earlier.
So how can you take advantage of these great deals? With so many ways to save, it’s going to be easier than ever to get a jump on holiday shopping with Black Friday savings.
Saving Big – The Tricks of the Shopper’s Trade
So how do you maneuver through black Friday and come out on the other side with bundles of savings? Easy, you just need the know-how.
Hunting and Gathering – Hearken back to your ancestors for your Black Friday survival. Follow your favorite retailers on social media or scour the print ads to collect savings information on your most-wanted items. Go find the best deals.
Create Your List – Now that you’re armed with the ad info, make a list of the biggest deals. From must-haves to best bargains, get everything in order before you start spending.
Canvas Your Targets – It sounds odd, but it’s good to know the layout of the stores that you plan on visiting for the craziest Friday of the year. Know how to get there, know where the entrances are, and know where the cash registers are located. By the end of the day, you’ll be happy you didn’t get lost.
Timing is Essential – Some of the lowest advertised prices are limited to small quantities. If you have your eyes on one of these deal-of-the-century items, be early and act fast. Whatever is on your list, make sure the hot items are on top.
You Don’t Have to Wait Until Friday
Because these events get bigger and start earlier each year (I started hearing about Black Friday before Halloween this year), many stores offer Black Friday savings prior to Thanksgiving.
You don’t have to wait until Friday for Black Friday.
Just pick your favorite store, check out their ad lineup, and see what they’re offering in the weeks leading up to the main event. You’ll soon find out that “You don’t have to wait until Friday…” has become common language in the pre-Thanksgiving advertising hoopla.
Manufacturers are so excited to beat their competitors to the punch that they’re willing to give away even better savings prior to Black Friday. So keep your eyes open on what you want, and there’s a great chance you’ll score an amazing bargain.
When the stores battle for our attention, the consumer always wins.
I know that I’m preaching to the choir, but in the middle of the craziness that is Black Friday shopping, it’s easy to lose your way. Just remember, although you’re going to be raking in the Black Friday savings, don’t let your excitement trump your common sense.
As with any expenditure, stick to your budget and spend wisely to ensure that you keep more of your money in your bank account this holiday season. Stay in your budget boat, and don’t go overboard.
Oh, and one more thing, don’t forget about Cyber Monday!