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14 Nov 2019 | 4 MIN READ

10 Black Friday Shopping Tips You Must Know!

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Black Friday is just around the corner, and we’re very excited! On November 29, millions of people will be barging into stores, whether they’re online or not, to get their hands on the best deals of the year. This shopping holiday is chaotic – the videos of the aftermath of Black Friday say a lot about how huge this event is. You need to be prepared to tick items off your list and go easy on your pocket. We created a list that combines ten essential tips and tricks you need to know to make the most of Black Friday!

1) Do your research

On Black Friday, you do not have time to test or research about the items that you will be buying. Do your research in advance, especially if you’re buying electronics such as a smartphone or a power tool. Read the catalogs and the reviews to be an informed buyer, not an impulsive customer. 

2) Plan your shopping trip

Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, if not the busiest. People barge into stores to buy discounted items. For this reason, you should be physically ready. Have a good night’s sleep, grab snacks, and go to the store early. This will increase your chances of getting the items that you want.

3) Shop with a buddy

Anything is more fun when you’re doing it with a friend. Not only you’ll have fun, you’ll also help each other out to check items off your lists. Also, keep the kids at home. The stores will be packed, and you don’t want your kid to be injured or lost. Plus, they won’t find out what you’re getting them for Christmas if they stay at home.

4) Leave your credit cards at home

The deals will tempt you into making unnecessary purchases. Leave your credit cards at home and grab your debit card or cash with you. You are more likely to curb your spending if you don’t have the money to do it. Keep your feet on the ground. 

5) Make a list

Write down everything you need in advance. You can keep a list throughout the year and update it. Make sure the priority items are listed at the top because that’s your primary focus. Make your list before checking out the websites that you’ll be purchasing from so that the deals do not tempt you.

6) Set up accounts in advance

If you’ll be shopping online, set up accounts on online stores in advance; don’t do it the same day because you do not want to waste time. When you set up an account, you’ll also receive newsletters regarding discounts and offers, which will be helpful not only on Black Friday but also in the long run.

7) Have a backup plan

Whether you’ll be shopping in-store or online, keep in mind that you won’t be able to lay your hands on everything on your list. Millions of people will be shopping on Black Friday, so your chances of hitting everything on your list are slim. Instead, play it smart and have a backup plan. Thinking on the spot for a plan B isn’t the smartest thing to do because you will be under a lot of pressure. You’ll end up making a purchase that you don’t need. Have a backup plan for essential items such as Christmas gifts.

8) Shop for other events

On Black Friday, you will find deals on everything: from dresses to home appliances, and even electronics. People tend to shop for Christmas because it’s the closest holiday, but that does not mean you can’t shop for other events. If you’re purchasing a new home, consider buying furniture such as couches or throws and blankets. If you’re getting married, get your hands on a dress or a tuxedo. Take advantage of Black Friday as much as you can.

9) Stick to your budget

Black Friday is not an invitation to drain your savings. Remember that just like any other day, you have to stick to your budget. You should buy the necessities first, and whatever your heart desires second. The purpose of Black Friday is to help you save money, keep that in mind. You don’t want to make unnecessary purchases that you’ll regret for the rest of the year. Christmas and New Year’s Eve are coming up, so go easy on your pocket.

10) Use social media

Shoppers typically share gift cards and promo codes on social media before Black Friday to draw customers in. Follow your favorite shoppers and turn on notifications for their pages to get the best deals. 

May the odds be in your favor. Happy shopping!