Want to score the best Black Friday deals? It takes planning and a strategic approach to shopping, both in-store and online. In fact, if you’re really serious about savings, start preparing in advance. Here’s how.
#1) Do your research. Make a folder of print and online ads so that you can create a written itinerary. This is the best way to minimize the amount of time spent literally spinning your wheels.
#2) Do rely on the web to compare prices and perks, such as free shipping and free extended warranties. Sometimes it’s not just the discount that makes a deal a deal.
#3) Do create a firm budget and stick to it.
#4) Don’t give in to impulse buying. Purchasing an item just because the price is right, doesn’t make it a smart buy if no one’s going to need it or want it.
#5) Don’t be fooled by deep discounts. When it’s Black Friday time, retailers are known to increase the sticker price in order to offer head-turning discounts.
#6) Do set your alarm for 5 a.m. to be among the first in-store or online if you’ve got your sights set on a particular item that’s worth losing sleep over.
#7) Do visit the bank in advance of the big day if you’ll be paying with cash. That way you won’t get stuck in a long line at the ATM.
#8) Do have your cell phone with you in case of an emergency, and have your keys out and ready to use the minute you leave any store.
#9) Don’t leave any purchases in the backseat of your car as an invitation to thieves.
#10) Don’t do all your holiday shopping over Black Friday weekend. On Cyber Monday, you’ll find great online discounts, while toys are cheapest during the first two weeks of December, as are TVs and many luxury items.
FINALLY … Don’t wait until the week before Christmas to shop. If you do, expect to pay premium prices for items in dwindling supply.