Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season, is just a couple of days away. For some, this day is their favorite day of the year and they pull an all-nighter so they can arrive when stores are opening. Others pull the covers up tight and don’t leave the house. Here are some tips on making Black Friday shopping more productive so you don’t need to dread it each year.
Step 1: Make a plan. The sales circulars begin arriving in the mail before the big day. Shoppers can go online to preview sales prices offered by other stores. Do not open these before creating the shopping list because they may just serve as a distraction. Stay focused, develop the gift list, then review these ads and find the lowest prices on your listed items. Create a master sheet that includes the time each store opens and maps the most fuel-efficient route.
Step 2: A few days before the shopping trip, case out the stores you are unfamiliar with to get an idea of their layout. Also, observe which boxed items are placed near the front of the store because they are likely to go on sale. Sizes of display racks reveal whether quantities will be large or limited. On Black Friday, visit the stores first that have limited supplies.
Step 3: Shop smart. Do not purchase an item based only on its low price tag. Study the features and specifications and read reviews to see if the product is high-quality. You may find that this item is a piece of junk, thus the low price. A recommended alternative may be on sale for a price that is a bit higher and will be well worth the extra money.
Step 4: If you cannot find every item on your list, do not fret. Some retailers offer even lower prices shortly after Black Friday because they need to clear out inventory before Christmas.