As your neighborhood transforms into a festive display of holiday lights and the storage bags for wreaths emerge from your attic, one thing is certain. Whether you hold positive, negative, neutral, or mixed sentiments about Black Friday, it will soon be upon us, bringing the hustle and bustle of navigating through countless deals under the midnight sun.
To not just endure but truly thrive on Black Friday requires implementing a well-thought-out plan of attack. Therefore, before you eagerly approach the doors of your brick-and-mortar stores, take the time to strategize and outline your family’s plan for securing the best deals on this bustling day.
Make Your List, Check it Twice
Escape the crowd mentality by entering with a clear mindset, focusing on your specific goals and plans. Research becomes your greatest ally on Black Friday. Before delving into sale papers, create a list of the items you aim to snag at a significant discount when midnight on Black Friday strikes. Consider whether a frantic pursuit of furniture covers is truly necessary, or if there are better opportunities for dining table cover sets and patio chair covers online. Pose these questions while compiling your list of essential items, enabling you to navigate the onslaught of sales papers with greater ease.
Be the Early Bird, Fashionably Late
Everyone is aware that Black Friday officially kicks off on Thursday. To secure the best deal, being in line by midnight is a must. In fact, some stores commence their festivities even earlier. Check online to determine the opening time of the shopping spree location. If you have the opportunity, consider scouting out the venue in advance, gathering information on the who, what, when, and where of your desired items, so you’re well-prepared when the doors finally open.
Buddy, Buddy, Buddy: Who Has the Best Buddy?
Your choice of a shopping buddy on Black Friday can significantly impact the success of your haul. Do you tend to shop at a leisurely pace, or are you more of a Speedy Gonzalez? These are crucial questions to consider in advance when deciding whom to bring along. The compatibility of shopping styles is key; a mismatch between a power shopper and a slow-and-steady buyer can be particularly challenging, especially in the chaos of Black Friday.
Online Deals Transform into In-Store Steals
When gearing up for the Black Friday shopping frenzy, be prepared to negotiate your way to the best possible deal. This may involve securing a price match for an online sale right in the store using your phone. Numerous online retailers provide a plethora of Black Friday deals, some of which may not be prominently advertised in circulars. This knowledge can give you a head start in navigating the unpredictable terrain of Cyber Monday.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Your smartphone is an essential tool for maximizing your Black Friday shopping experience. Numerous retailers have embraced a model that seamlessly integrates the convenience of in-store shopping with the flexibility of securing deals through your smartphone. Make the most of these practices as you embark on your Black Friday store excursions.
Say ‘Goodbye’ to Bad Bargains
There are always a few big-ticket items that may seem too good to be true. In such cases, it’s crucial to stand firm and walk away with confidence. But how does one decide to pass up a deal? Consider your Black Friday haul as a negotiation. Aim for nothing less than what is advertised. Price matching is a reliable method that many retailers might not want you to be aware of. If the top-tier propane grill is listed as 40% off somewhere, it should be 40% off everywhere – just don’t forget to grab a protective bbq cover to complement your purchase.
On the Grind and Off the Grid
If you reside in the heart of a metropolitan area where crowds tend to swarm, this year might provide an even more compelling reason to consider a field trip to your nearest suburb. While Black Friday is inherently chaotic, your location can play a significant role in whether you successfully secure one of your many must-have deals or find yourself wishing you had chosen a different spot.
Return on Investment
Securing a return on your investment is a crucial factor to keep in mind while navigating Black Friday deals. Return policies appear to become more stringent each year, and this is especially true on Black Friday. Certain retailers may impose a narrow window for returns, and to compound matters, they might charge restocking fees. When shopping on Black Friday, carefully read the fine print – it could make all the difference when it comes to returning or exchanging those essential outdoor furniture covers or outdoor table covers for ones in the correct sizes.
Choose Plastic Over Paper
Using your credit cards can be tempting, especially on Black Friday. And in this case? The urge to choose plastic over paper might turn out to be the right decision for you. Credit cards often offer cashback on significant purchases, allowing you to earn money while shopping. What could be better than that? However, it’s crucial to remember to pay your bill on time, if not early.
Play a Winning Hunger Game
There’s always time for a coffee break at your favorite mom-and-pop diner on Small Business Saturday. Consider your nutrition and hydration needs in advance by preparing a cooler of beverages and a bag of healthy snacks. This will help you power through the late hours of Black Friday without wasting time on additional food breaks.