Black Friday Shopping Tips

November 24, 2017

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Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

For many people shopping on Black Friday has become a once a year event. It’s a time to snag some great deals, while spending time with a close friend or family member. With so many deals, and so little time, it can get easy to become overwhelmed, or simply miss out on something special.

To get the most out of your shopping time, here are 5 tips.

Forget About the Cart, Use A Shopping Bag Instead

Shopping carts can get stuck in aisles and be difficult to maneuver in crowded stores. If you’re planning to pick up lots of smaller items, consider using a reusable shopping bag instead of a cart.

Remember Doorbusters Don’t Last

Years ago I worked in retail for an electronics store, so I can tell you from first hand experience that doorbusters don’t last. A select number of merchandise is sent to the store (a few boxes or a pallet at the most) and That. Is. It. Also, the computer system for a store is not under a sales person’s or even a manager’s complete control. Codes expire, which is one reason why a purchase after a specific time (if it’s a time based deal) can’t go through, no matter how much you plead, rant, or rave to the employee. If there is something you simply must have and it’s a doorbuster, then going to that store as early as you can is going to be a must for you.

Plan Your Stores And Shopping List Ahead Of Time

Going hand in hand with the above tip is planning ahead. Because deals change throughout the day and from store to store, knowing both where you are going and what for are crucial to managing your time. Black Friday is not the best time to simply “browse” if you plan to cover a lot of stores.

Shop With A Buddy

Successful Black Friday shopping is all about teamwork. In crowded stores one person can stand in line, while the other grabs the deal items. One store by me that has lines that literally wrap around the ENTIRE store is Kohls. The average length of time in that line is 25-45 minutes. With that amount of time, tag teaming is essential to getting you in and out of the store quicker. The faster you are in and out, the more stores you can cover in a day.

Stick To Your Budget By Using Cash

Credit cards are very convenient, but it’s not easy to track how much you are spending.  Cash always is. When your wallet is empty, you’ve spent your budget. The thrill of the hunt can lead to impulse decisions. Decide how much you will spend and stick to it! No one wants to start the holiday season feeling miserable, because you’re in debt from shopping on Black Friday.

Hopefully these tips will make your Black Friday Shopping a little easier.

What’s your tip when you shop on Black Friday?



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