Black Friday can be a great opportunity to snag awesome deals or it could spell total disaster if you aren’t prepared. To help you get the most out of your shopping experience, here are 12 Black Friday shopping hacks that’ll give you a head start on savings.
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1. Familiarize Yourself with the Store Layout
Large department stores often set up their deals a day or two before the big day. Get ahead of the game and come in before Black Friday to familiarize yourself with the layout, paying particular attention to items on your wish list.
2. Get Some Shut Eye
More and more retailers are opening their doors at midnight – and some even sooner. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get some rest, especially if you plan on shopping throughout the day. Sneak in a post-Thanksgiving meal power nap. Trust me, you’ll need it!
3. Pay for Purchases with Pre-Bought Gift Cards
GiftCardGranny.com has an amazing selection of gift cards for upwards of 56% off. That’s immense savings you can put back into your pocket. Although Costco has a smaller selection of gift cards, you can still save on dining and a few select retailers.
4. Print Coupons
Bring your A game and stock up on coupons to increase your savings.
5. Get on Retailers’ Email List for Exclusive Savings
Macy’s, Gap, and Bed Bath and Beyond are just a few stores that send you coupons for signing up for their email list. To ensure you receive coupons in time for Black Friday, make sure you sign up a couple of weeks before the big day.
6. Do Your Research and Take Notes
With Black Friday’s craziness, it’s a good idea to write down a game plan to keep your head clear for the important stuff – getting the best deals. Open your phone’s Notes app and jot down items in your wish list, which stores to get them, and when those stores will be open. Include gift cards, coupons, and anything else you’re likely to forget.
7. Download the Amazon App for Instant Price Checks
Price check items in-store with the Amazon app. Found it for cheaper? Buy it instantly and save. Use alongside Hack #7 to save even more.
8. Get Cash Back with Ebates
If you purchase anything online, check Ebates to get rewarded with cash back. Amazon currently gives 5%!
9. Use Your Credit Card to Further Your Cash Backs
Get additional cash back when you use your credit cards to pay for purchases. However, that means you’ll need to put extra emphasis on staying in budget.
10. Don’t Get Hangry – Pack a Bag
For long lines and hangry kids, pack water, snacks, and a portable charger.
Check out restaurants where you can score free food when you sign up for their rewards program.
11. Divide and Conquer
You can’t be at two places at once, but you can divide and conquer with friends and family. Plus, carpooling will ease the super annoying parking problem.
12. Stick to Your Budget
Black Friday’s awesome for savings, but if you don’t make a plan to stick to your shopping list, you’ll end up way over budget. #notsothrifty
What are your Black Friday shopping hacks?