As soon as the table is cleared and the dishes are done, many of us will be getting ready for — or already headed out to — what has become a post-Thanksgiving tradition: Black Friday holiday shopping.
But, don’t get caught up in the excitement. If you do, you could end up spending more than you intended, putting a big dent in your budget.
- Shop the ads in the days leading up to Black Friday.
- Shop online first, to see if the same deals are offered online.
- Shop close to home – the price of gas may siphon off your Black Friday Savings.
- Check the stores’ return policies – just in case.
- Buy the items you really want, not the “doorbusters.”
- Avoid “bait-and-switch” tricks.
Another website, BlackFriday.com already has a preview of Black Friday deals coming up from featured retailers including Amazon, Macy’s, Walmart, Toys R Us, Radio Shack, CVS, Gap, Overstock, Harry & David and scores more. You’ll even find how to download a free mobile Black Friday app from the iTunes store. Decide beforehand what you want to buy; Black Friday isn’t a time for browsing.
And, Examiner.com has a list of suggestions to keep your Black Friday shopping expedition fun rather than a hassle. They include:
- Make whatever arrangements you have to in order to keep your Black Friday adventure kid-free.
- Pack a snack to keep your energy up, and hot coffee or tea to keep you warm when you are waiting outside to get into the stores.
- Dress in layers; it may be very cold outside and very warm inside.
- Make sure you have a POA – a plan of action. Make a list of the stores and the items you want to find in each.
- Shop with friends. It’s more fun!
Are you a Black Friday holiday shopper? Share your tips with our readers!