8 Tips for a Successful Black Friday

Black Friday can be the best time to purchase Christmas gifts for your loved ones (or that new flat screen you've wanted all year). It's also super hectic and really stressful! Here are 8 tips to minimize the stress and maximize the savings this Friday!

I’m not gonna lie, Black Friday is definitely not my cup of tea.

I tried doing it once years ago. I went to Wal-Mart & JC Penney’s. That was it.

There was no game plan, no strategy. Just wandering around, seeing what was on sale. I think I bought some shirts and a picture frame. It really wasn’t worth dealing with all the people.

I definitely considered giving Black Friday a try this year, but, personally, I think I’ll just stick to Cyber Monday.

While I was weighing my options regarding Black Friday, I did read up on all of the various tactics people use to make the most out of this day of massive sales. The 8 best tactics out there:

Plan ahead

There’s nothing that beats having a good game plan. I don’t know about you, but I always have a plan before I go grocery shopping. So why should it be any different on Black Friday?
Keep up with all the ads, look around for coupons, plan your trip around when the sales are. Then write it all down. A plan is always better when it’s written on paper!

It’s all in the timing

To get the absolute best price on that TV or tablet, you usually have to be at the store at a certain time. I know this should probably go without saying, but make sure you know what time you need to be where. Schedule your trip around what it is you want to buy.

Set a budget

And stick to it! I know, where’s the fun in that, right? In reality, the reason you’re going shopping at midnight is for the deals, isn’t it? For the dollars saved and the pennies pinched. So it only makes sense to budget and do your best to stay on track.

Check your credit cards

Some cards offer cash back on your purchases. That means that not only are you saving money on that flat screen because it’s Black Friday, you’re also going to get a little money back from your credit card company if you purchase the TV with their card. Of course, I only recommend doing this if you can pay the TV off right away and your credit card has 0% APR.

Speaking of cards…

Gift cards! A lot of stores offer deals on those, too, on Black Friday (think $80 for a $100 gift card or something). If you see a deal like that, it’s definitely worth snagging! It’s literally free money.

Ibotta!

I’d happily tell you all about my love for Ibotta, but I’ve done that already. I normally use Ibotta for groceries, but they offer rebates on other items, too. For example, right now if you spend $50 at Famous Footwear or American Eagle, Ibotta will give you $5. So go out, buy some cheap Black Friday clothes, and get a little extra money back from my favorite rebate app!

Coupons

I’ll admit, talking about coupons is never fun or exciting. I hate them, but I still use them every chance I get because, ya know… a penny saved. If you can find coupons for items that will be on sale this Friday, why not use them? The more money you save, the more you can buy!

Remember your rewards program

If you get rewards for shopping at a specific store, definitely take that into consideration when creating your game plan. Some stores even offer special discounts and promotions to their members before allowing access to the rest of the world. That’s something that could make your shopping experience a little nicer!

Are you going to venture out and hit the sales this Friday? What’s your plan of attack?

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