5 Black Friday Shopping Strategies

Black Friday is not everyone’s cup of tea, many people will go to bed with their bellies full and thoughts of what do what the leftovers rather than what to buy the next day. Black Friday has become a big day for anyone who is looking for a deal which in this economy means pretty much everyone.

In reality not everyone stresses out over holiday shopping, many savvy shoppers know what they’re doing ahead of time. While everyone else is watching the big game, they’re creating their own Black Friday game plan. Here are some of the best ways to get your holiday shopping done on Black Friday.

  • Make a list. Whether your gift-giving list is long or short, get a list together to figure out who you need to buy gifts for, what you would like to give them, and how much you want to spend. The last part is the most important! If you overspend on a few items then you’ll might be stuck overspending or cutting a few people off your list.
  • Start looking for deals early. The majority of Black Friday deals have already been made public so look for them online before they’re out in your local newspaper. If you don’t know what to gifts to buy looking through the deals is a great way to brainstorm.
  • Price compare. While you’re looking for deals and gifts, compare the price from one store to the next. Take it a step further and check the online price compared to the store price. It might seem like a lot of work but it’s best to know if you’re getting a really good deal or just wasting your time.
  • Get a team together. Getting a team of volunteers together could help you get all the deals you’re looking for without needing to be in two places at once. By volunteers we mean friends or family members who might also be shopping that day, not your significant other who “volunteered” to help. If it is someone you trust you might be able provide cash for the gift ahead of time or exchange it later in the day. Do not give your credit card to anyone though.
  • Shop online. On Black Friday deals will be available everywhere, including online. Don’t forget about the many deals that could only be found online on Black Friday. You never know if you could get all your holiday shopping done at home then at the stores.

Although the big day can be hectic, stressful, and tiring it can save you a bundle. Black Friday should be able the deals you can find, not the money you can spend. Make sure you budget your money properly and don’t overspend so much that you need credit repair help by December 31st.