Get Ready for Black Friday!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Which means sitting down to a meal with friends and family and enjoying a day off to relax and be in good company. It might also mean waking up at 3:00 a.m. to get to the holiday doorbusters on Black Friday!

My friend and fellow Spokester Aly from Indiana, has some great tips for your Black Friday! It's not too late to create a budget, compare prices, and plan ahead! So if you plan to hit the stores on Friday here are some ways you can save even more money, time, and stress if you're hitting the sales on Black Friday.

photo credit: GSMNATION.COM

photo credit: GSMNATION.COM

Create a Holiday Budget

If you dive into Black Friday without any price limits, then the point of super low sale prices doesn't really matter all that much, does it? Make sure you've created a holiday budget before leaving the house - and stick to it, no matter what kind of extras you might find for those on your to-buy-for list while you're out!

Compare Store Prices to Online Prices

A retailer may have a killer deal on an iPad or pair of shoes, but it may not be better than what you can find it for online at places like Amazon and eBay. Make sure you investigate the items you're hoping to find in-stores and see whether or not you can save some money and some of the Black Friday stress by ordering online and having it delivered to you instead. 

Compare Store-to-Store Prices

Black Friday is a very competitive time for retailers, especially those similar to each other. That may mean sale prices are similar, but make sure you know for certain before finding out whatever it is you purchased was actually cheaper somewhere else. View participating Black Friday stores and their ads ahead of time right here - take notes!

Map Out Your Day

You can't know for sure how long you'll spend at each location you hope to shop at, but you should have a good idea of the order in which you'll visit stores. Try making a list of the top three places you must go, and embrace the fact that you might not make it to the rest. If you know of alternate routes you can take to get to where you're going to avoid main streets and traffic jams, jot those down, too.

Carry Cash + A Calculator

Ditch the debit card and withdraw a set amount of cash for your Black Friday purchases. It'll be way too tempting to purchase little extras or one big, unexpected item with your card. If you'd rather not deal with bills and coins, make sure you can easily pull up the calculator on your phone (or carry one) so you can keep track of your spending in the moment. You can also use it to figure out exact numbers on the deals you're getting (20% off might sound awesome... but how much is it really saving you?)

Bring Ads + Coupons with You

See an incredible deal that you absolutely must snatch up on Black Friday? Print it off or cut it out and make sure you've got it with you the day of, just to avoid any possible confusion or disputes when you're in the store.

Get Gift Receipts + Hang onto Your Own

Some stores may have a strict policy on items purchased on Black Friday and whether or not they're allowed to be exchanged or returned. Make sure to ask for gift receipts and take the time to put them all in a safe place once your purchase is complete. Don't hesitate to take a moment to ask the cashiers what the store policy is on Black Friday returns if you're unsure about a gift!

Download Black Friday Apps

There are lots of apps available that can help you enhance your Black Friday shopping experience even further! Check out some of the most popular here.

Keep an Eye Out for Online + Early Sales

Some stores and online retailers offer pre-Black Friday sales (usually starting the weekend before - so tomorrow and Saturday, yikes!) that are comparable or even better than what you'll find on Black Friday. Do some research on the places you plan to visit and the items you plan to purchase to see if you can score an awesome deal before the actual day of deals!

 

Thanks for your advice Aly!

Lauren R.