Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, is just 3 days away and once again retailers are offering holiday deals in an attempt to get more shoppers into their stores. Several of the biggest retailers are opening earlier than last year in hopes to one-up their competition. Stay ahead of the game by checking out some of these helpful Black Friday Shopping Tips!

1. Check Newspaper Ads
Make sure to check your local Thanksgiving Day newspaper because it will be full of ads and coupons. You can also get a head start by searching the official 2014 Black Friday shopping websites for ads and deals from your favorite stores! It will  help you organize your day to maximize savings, since many stores offer special discounts (early bird sales and doorstoppers) that are time specific.

2. Black Friday Apps
There are now tons of phone apps designed to make shopping for the best deals on Black Friday easier. There are apps that will help you find the best place to park at the mall, help you find the best route to stores, alert you when the stores that you need to go to have coupons and special deals, and help you compare prices while you shop. Click here for some of the best Black Friday apps!

3. Do Your Research
If you are hoping to scoop up a deal on a big-ticket item during Black Friday sales, go ahead and get your research out of the way ASAP. A bad product is a bad deal no matter how cheap it is and being knowledgeable about the products you want to buy will help you avoid being sucker-punched with loud advertising for poor products.

4. Compare Prices
Utilize price-comparison Internet shopping sites such as PriceGrabber.com to assist you in comparing product prices. Compare the “options” included with the product. Some retailers will low-ball the advertised price on a stripped down product, and then you will be charged extra for the necessary parts that will make the product perform as expected.

5. Have a Plan….and a Budget!
Don’t go Black Friday shopping unless you have a list of the items you need, the places you want to go, and how much you want to spend. Before you decide to wait hours in the freezing cold weather, sit down and create a shopping budget! If you dive into Black Friday without any price limits, then the point of super low sale prices doesn’t really matter all that much, does it? Plus, having a list of the items you already need will cut back on time and help you avoid purchasing those unnecessary items that are only hurting your wallet.

6. Wait Until Cyber Monday
As much fun as it is to see all the crazy people on Black Friday, I have slowly pushed away from the chaos. If you hate the crowds wait until Cyber Monday to do your shopping. Here are 5 reasons why Cyber Monday is better than Black Friday:

  1. It’s easier and faster.
  2. If you are going to be busy or are traveling on Thanksgiving/ Black Friday and missing the in-store sales, Cyber Monday gives you another opportunity to take advantage of the deals.
  3. You can easily compare prices online.
  4. You can shop in your pj’s or from work! Best of all you have a virtual cart to carry all of your items!
  5. Great deals, especially on clothing, and there is usually no shipping costs!

So what is your preference? Black Friday, Cyber Monday or do you just like to avoid all of it?

Until Next Time,

Jessica M.

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