The biggest shopping day of the year is just days away and we’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on our shopping lists. Black Friday (or as we call it, Bright Friday) can be pretty intense, even for the most seasoned shoppers. Known for its early hours and crazy crowds, this now-infamous shopping event is dreaded by many — but it doesn’t have to be this way.
We’ve been around for, well, quite a few Black Fridays — so we know a thing or two about making the most of it. Follow our expert shopping tips to be a savvier shopper this weekend!
always make a list
This may seem like a given, but you wouldn’t believe how many people just wing it on Black Friday. We recommend making multiple lists, actually. First, write down everyone you plan to shop for this year. Next, write down specific ideas for each person. Once you go through the ads and deals for the big day, make another list by location.
prioritize and plan ahead
Once you have your lists, begin to prioritize. Does any location have doorbuster deals that are only available during specific hours? You should start there and allot more time than you think you’ll need. Black Friday lines are notorious for being long, so expect to spend a good chunk of time waiting. Are there any items that are must-haves that you can’t wait to buy? Those should go next. If you have a lot of must-haves on your list, you may want to divide and conquer with your group to make sure you get everything you need.
choose online or in store
This goes along with prioritizing, but the next thing to do is look at how deals differ online versus in store. Deals and even products may differ by location and the retailer’s website, so it’s good to do your research beforehand to determine which route to go. For example, if the deal is exactly same both online and in stores and runs through Sunday, don’t bother hitting up the store on Black Friday — just hop online and place an order so you can focus on the in-store must-haves.
Black Friday sales rarely wait until Friday anymore. Many sales and offers begin on Thursday or even Wednesday! Keep an eye out on your favorite retailers to see if anyone is starting their deals early. Some retailers have even released their official Black Friday ad already so you can get a head start on your planning and really be prepared come Friday!
decide what should wait
Sometimes the savviest shopping move is to just wait. Although Black Friday is typically chock-full of great deals, sometimes Cyber Monday can be even better. It can be a gamble, but if you’re looking for deals at an online retailer like Amazon or specifically on tech items, it may pay off to wait the weekend.
Who is planning to shop this weekend? Do you prefer to shop online or in stores? Share with us in the comments!
For more tips, learn how to be a savvier shopper here.