Thanksgiving is almost upon us and the Black Friday sales are slowly being revealed by retailers. You can’t go anywhere in the cyber world or the real world without hearing about the amazing Black Friday doorbuster sales that are coming.
Before Black Friday hits and you find yourself stuck trying to find parking for 2 hours it’s important that you are prepared for this event. I have no clue as to where did the term Black Friday come from but I can share some Black Friday shopping tips to help you become a sales pro:
Create a detailed list of what you want based on flyers. If there is something (or 345 things) on your Christmas wish list that is featured in a flier promoting Black Friday sales then make a note of it. You should try to be as meticulous as possible when keeping up with Black Friday ads. The reason for this is so that you can purchase as many of your NEEDED items as possible and a minimal amount of the filler stuff.
Check online flyers. The Monday following Thanksgiving is known as “Cyber Monday” and it is the online version of Black Friday. With that being said, don’t for one second assume that there won’t be any deals offered in the cyber retail realm.
Do not force anyone to go shopping you. This is a huge pet peeve of mine. I absolutely hate it when I’m forced to go shopping. Don’t get me wrong I’ m not some dude that never shops. I just hate to be dragged along for a whole day of deal finding and rummaging through countless piles when I could be at home doing something more productive.
Bringing a shopping partner. Don’t force anyone to go shopping with you but if someone is willing to go with you then take advantage of this. If both of you have similar interests then you will have an easier time filtering out the junk and finding the deals that truly matter to you guys.
Only spend money you have. This doesn’t necessarily restrict you to just cash. I often will use my credit card and then simply transfer the money over from my checking account when I get home. Black Friday sales are an easy way to rack up credit card debt that will follow you for a long time.
Check online merchants throughout the day. I remember going on Amazon at random times during the day to find some exceptional deals. Online merchants are aware that many users are out and about at the shopping malls and
Okay do you really have to shop? The reason I ask this is because I could use some new clothes but I do not under any circumstances NEED any new clothes. My girlfriend is always bothering about my wardrobe (and other things) but I feel that I have soo many shirts and jeans that I haven’t worn in years.
One of my most important Black Friday shopping tips is to cut down your random purchases as much as possible. 80% off anything is always enticing. I mean ALWAYS. We have all bought an item simply because it was 80% cheaper. Watch out for this phenomenon as you look through Black Friday shopping sales.
Additional Black Friday resources from around the blogosphere:
Some thoughts on Black Friday @ The Simple Dollar
Christmas Shopping – Black Friday , Cyber Monday , and Beyond @ Cash Money Life
Holiday Shopping: Tips For Black Friday & Cyber Monday @ Moolanomy
Tips For Shopping Black Friday & Cyber Monday @ Free From Broke
Black Friday Shopping Tips: How To Get The Best Deals On The Things On Your List @ Bible Money Matters