Black and Friday
Two simple words that when put together cause much debate.
Whether you like Black Friday or not, you have to admit there are some good deals to be found.
I’m not saying that you “need” these deals, but they do exist.
The key to successful Black Friday shopping is to know what you want and not get sucked into spending on things you don’t need or want.
Worse yet is buying something that isn’t in fact on sale, but retailers lead you to believe is a great sale. To better help you prepare for Black Friday, I have six tips to make the most of your Black Friday shopping.
You could just go and shop, but following these tips could save you money, headaches and time.
Trust me Black Friday can even be fun, especially when you get free money afterward just for shopping on Black Friday (Ebates, Kohl’s cash, gift cards).
7 Tips for Black Friday shopping
Sign-up for eBates.
Check out my step-by-step instructions on “How to earn extra money while shopping online,” and you can earn a $10 gift card for signing up and making your first purchase. Every time you make a purchase online, start at Ebates, and you will earn a percentage in cash back. If you shop online a lot, you will get a very nice check in January. Rebate checks are sent quarterly.
Price items you are shopping for in advance.
Remember just because something is advertised on sale, doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. Make a list of what you want and start pricing the items in early November. Track the price of the item at multiple stores. Then watch the Black Friday ads to see how the prices compare.
Have a plan.
What will you be buying? What stores do you want to go to? Who are you shopping for? Get a list of possible gift ideas for the people who you are shopping. Don’t forget to add the items you want for yourself to the list. Having this list will make it much easier to stay on task and not end up buying things you don’t need. We don’t want buyers’ remorse. My favorite Black Friday app is BFads. It’s free and easy to use. You can easily search for items you want to buy and then add them to your list. Your list will be organized by store and you can pull it out when you are shopping so you don’t forget anything.
Buy online whenever possible.
Eliminate the hassle of going in and out of stores, the long lines, getting suckered into buying things you don’t need, etc. Plus you can earn extra money when you shop through Ebates. Many stores have free shipping so you won’t even have to worry about that.
Buy discounted gift cards online.
If you know for certain which stores you are going to shop at, you can save a lot of money this way. Sites such as Raise.com, Card Kangaroo, or Giftcardgranny allow you to buy gift cards at a discount. I have used card kangaroo and raise. I had an issue one time with a gift card (balance was incorrect), and they resolved the matter right away without any trouble. You can save anywhere from 1-30% on the gift card value. A great place to store all of those gift cards until you use them is in a git card holder. This is exactly how we store ours.
- If you get gift cards, Kohl’s cash, promotional “money,” or coupons be sure to use it before it expires. You can use it to buy gifts for Christmas or other items you need around your house. I often use Kohl’s cash to purchase new socks or underwear for the kids. I don’t end up buying something I don’t need, and I use the Kohl’s cash before it expires.
If you get a rebate, submit the rebate form right away.
Retailers know that many people will forget to submit their rebates, which is one reason they can afford to offer such great rebates. Don’t be one of those people.
Now that you have a plan don’t forget to consider the “7 Things To Buy on Black Friday.”
***Bonus tip: Be sure to check out what you should buy in December to save all year long.