10 Tips for Black Friday Shopping 2015
How to get the Best Deals on Black Friday 2015
For many people the best part about Thanksgiving is it is the day before Black Friday. Over the last decade or so, Black Friday has become a monumental shopping day all across America. Many retailers, especially the really big retailers, are desperate to attract the most customers. As a result, shoppers can get amazing deals on this pseudo-holiday. Like many others, I am an avid Black Friday shopper and have been for a very long time. In fact, I can't remember a time where I didn't go shopping the day after Thanksgiving. During my twenty years or so career as a holiday shopper, I have come up with several tips that can help shoppers like yourself get the very best deals.
Tip #1 Black Friday isn't a Regular Shopping Day
No Looky Lous on Black Friday
If you have never shopped on Black Friday, it is important to realize that this is not your average shopping day. It's one thing if you want to tag along with your friends and have no intentions to buy, but if you are heading out on Black Friday and don't have a list, or think you are just going to look around, you will be overwhelmed once you hit the stores. Most Black Friday shoppers have their game faces on, and you will get trampled if you are just moseying around checking out the great deals. Plus, if you don't know what you are looking for, chances are the really good deals, the ones that make shopping on this crazy day a must, would be gone before you got a chance to see them.
Tip #2 Do Your Research
If you Think You Found a Fantastic Deal Make Sure to Check it Out Before You Buy
On Black Friday, many retailers offer ridiculous sales on popular items. When you begin to browse your ads, take note of all the sales you are interested in, and then compare the sales between the ads. At this point, many shoppers think they are good to go. However, they aren't. Instead, your next step should be to go online and research the items prices with online retailers such as Amazon. If the price you found is a great deal, make sure to start planning your shopping strategy based on the best sales. For instance, if you found the best sale at Target and another okay sale at Walmart, make sure you plan your trip to start at Target first.
If you Shopped this Year, did you get Great Deals? - Was it Worth It?
Will you go again next year?
Tip #3 Check Store Hours and Sale Hours
Many Sales this Year will Start on Thanksgiving Day
Love it or hate it, many Black Friday sales this year will start on Thanksgiving. For Black Friday shoppers, this means you have to plan your shopping adventure carefully. While looking at your sale flyers, make sure to take note of sale dates and times. This is important any time of year but is most important on Black Friday because many items will only be on sale for short periods of time on either Thanksgiving or Black Friday. When planning what time you will arrive at the store, consider how long you will have to stand in line to get the item. When an item is an exceptionally good deal, you will probably have to show up pretty early to get the deal.
Tip #4 Prepare to Stand in Line
Dress for the Weather and Wear Comfortable Shoes
One thing that is almost inevitable on Black Friday is standing in line. So, be prepared to stand in line no matter where you go. Better yet, make sure to dress for the weather, in case you have to wait outside, and make sure to wear comfortable shoes as well. For those of you who love to look cute while you are shopping, don't worry about it on Black Friday. Everybody is busy shopping, and no one has time to check you out.
Tip #5 Make a List and Avoid Impulse Buying
Just because the Waffle Iron is $4, it doesn't Mean You Need It
With so much excitement and anticipation going on, many shoppers can get caught up in the moment and end up impulse buying. No matter when you are shopping impulse, buying usually always goes wrong, but with exceptionally low prices on Black Friday, you can end up with a cart of junk that you don't need. To avoid wasting a ton of dough on things you don't need or want, make a list and stick to it. If you are afraid you can't stick to the list feel free to write yourself a note to remind you that you are only buying the items on your list and nothing else. No matter what you buy, make sure you keep track of the receipts. That way if you do end up with buyer's remorse, you can return the item and get your money back. However, to avoid that hassle, it is best to always stick to the list.
Tip #6 Bring a Friend and Split Up
Black Friday is More Fun when Shopping with Your Friends
Only truly brave souls go Black Friday shopping on their own. To get the most out of the experience, and to have an extra set of hands, or two, or three, go shopping with a group. Shopping as a team allows you to split up and get as many things on each others list as possible. For instance, I often go Black Friday shopping with my sister, my husband, and my brother-in-law. Since pushing a cart through the aisles is usually nearly impossible on this chaotic day, we often park my husband in an empty aisle with the cart and my sister, BIL, and I search the store for the items on our lists. Then we all run our items back to my husband and the cart to deposit our items. This technique may not work for you, but it gives you a good sense of how shopping as a team can make the entire adventure a bit easier.
Tip #7 Create a Map to Avoid Backtracking
Don't Waste Time Driving or Backtracking
No one wants to miss a great big doorbuster because they have to backtrack. To decrease the chances of missing the best items, make sure to check all sale times and create a map based on what stores you need to go to and at what time. Doing this will allow you to maximize your shopping times and allow you an opportunity to get the very best deals on this huge shopping day.
Tip #8 Pack a Snack and Plan a Mealtime
Don't Get Hangry While Shopping
Okay, maybe, this is only important to me, but I want to put it out there anyway. Shopping on this amazingly fun day can be exhausting and long, so you may want to pack some snacks and plan a meal time. I mean no one wants to pass out in the aisles at WalMart because they didn't eat breakfast, and no one wants to deal with hangry (angry because you're hungry) shoppers. To avoid all this unneeded confusion, throw a couple granola bars in your purse and make sure you plan a time to eat breakfast and possibly lunch as well.
Tip #9 Smile and Be Nice
Don't End up on the News, Be Nice and Smile Instead
Inevitably every year, there is some yahoo who ends up on the news for being ridiculous on Black Friday. Don't let this happen to you! To avoid this, remember to smile and be nice. It can be a crazy time, but you would be amazed at the deals I have been able to snag just because I treated other shoppers and workers with kindness. In fact, many times I have worked with complete strangers to ensure we all got great deals on fantastic items.
Tip #10 Not into Black Friday...Wait for Cyber Monday
Check out what Sales are Available Online
While waking up at the crack of dawn or going shopping immediately after eating a huge Thanksgiving dinner is a great time for me and many others, it may simply not be your cup of tea. If it's not, don't force yourself to do it. Instead, cozy up on your couch the Monday after Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday, and wait for deals to come in. Just like traditional Black Friday shopping, you will have to do your research and compare prices, but it's worth it when you never have to leave home to get great deals. Also, many of the items that are on sale Black Friday are also on sale online at the same time, so it is always worth checking out.
Facts About Black Friday
Considered the official start of the holiday shopping season
- According to Google, online users start searching for Black Friday deals as early as mid-October
- Some Black Friday doorbusters from major brand names have been found to be derivative products
- A Long Island Black Friday shopper was trampled to death in 2008
- The days right before Christmas often offer better discounts than Black Friday