Tips For Achieving a Successful Black Friday

Posted By: Ann Richards · 11/12/2012 7:20:00 PM

Tips For Achieving a Successful Black Friday

 This year is moving too fast.  Thanksgiving is just days away which means that the mad dash to buy the best presents is just about here too … Black Friday.

 Here are some tips that I found that might help you have a successful shopping experience.

 And … of course … we’d love for you to add your successful shopping tips to the list.  I’d love your input.

 1:   Be prepared.  Research the Black Friday ads before heading to the store. If you want to be extra prepared, you can even research the layout of your store so you’ll know exactly where to head to grab the items on your list.

 2:  Be ready to stand in line.  Wear comfy shoes and appropriate outerwear and consider leaving the kiddos at home.  (If this is not possible, bring toys or other items to keep them entertained while shopping).

 3:  Know your store’s hours.  Some stores are opening on Thanksgiving night while others are waiting until the wee hours of Friday morning.

 4:  Familiarize yourself with each store’s price matching and/or coupon policy.  Keep in mind that many stores have created special price matching policies specific for Black Friday. 

 5:  Make a list!  This will keep you focused and will definitely help to prevent you from being tempted to purchase additional items that are not on the list. 

 6:  Remember to ask yourself whether the great deal you see is actually a great deal for you.  You may also want to research online prices versus in-store prices, as you can often snag better deals online even when you factor in shipping costs.  Plus, think about the time and gas saved when shopping online.  

7:  Keep all receipts.  After the adrenaline rush is over, you may realize that you got caught up in the Black Friday craziness and purchased items that you really do not want.  As long as you have the receipt, you should be able to return those items and get a full refund.

 8:  Go with your mom, sister, or a friend.  Plan ahead and plan to split up so that you can snag items for each other.  It’s a great way to be in two places at once.  If you don’t want to go to separate stores, you can each start out on separate ends of the same store and meet in the middle after you’ve snatched up as many of the things on your (and each other’s) list as you can.

 9: Gas up the night before so that you don’t waste precious sleep or shopping time at the pump.  Also, map out your route based on store opening times to minimize backtracking and missing out on doorbuster items you’re planning to purchase. 

 10:  Don’t give up.  If the item you are looking for is not on the shelf or display, check the front of the store where other shoppers may have left items they weren’t sure about before checking out.  Or, check with the cashier to see if someone changed her mind at the register and left the item you were looking for there. 

 11:  Be friendly.  You will be amazed at how people will help each other … even in the craziness … if they are approached with kindness.

 12:  And, here’s a great idea … skip Black Friday.  Wait for Cyber Monday.  There is nothing better than snagging “HOT” deals from the comfort of your own home while wearing your favorite PJ’s.

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