All deal seekers know that one of the best shopping days of the year is Black Friday.
Can you believe Black Friday is just a few short weeks away? It seems crazy! I am a seasoned Black Friday shopper and have even started shopping on Thanksgiving night to ensure I got the deal I was after.
After years of Black Friday shopping, I have learned a thing or two about how to score a great deal, and which stores aren’t worth the trouble. If you are looking for some Black Friday shopping secrets, this is your guide! I’m going to share all of my shopping secrets with you to help you get the best Black Friday deals possible!
1. Some Black Friday Deals Last All Month Long
Many stores will go full on Black Friday mode as soon as Halloween ends, others will start as early as the Sunday or Monday of Black Friday.
Last year Old Navy started their Black Friday sale before Thanksgiving, and the deals were just as good as on Black Friday.
Before you add a long list of stores to your shopping trip, see if there are any offering Black Friday sales ahead of time. This will limit your time out, and keep you from missing the best deals.
2. Black Friday TV Deals Are Best On Smaller TVs
Every year you will see hundreds of people lined up outside the store waiting to score the “best deal” on a new flatscreen TV.
If you’re not in a rush to buy a new TV, wait until Super Bowl season and purchase one then. Higher end TVs will be a lot cheaper at that time, but the smaller TVs are a better deal during Black Friday.
3. Don’t Forget To Price Match!
While the stores might be crazy during Black Friday, some stores still offer price matching!
This includes matching Black Friday prices at the time you are checking out!
These stores offer Black Friday Price Matching (make sure to read their specific policy from their website so you know exactly what to expect):
- Walmart’s Price Match Policy
- Target’s Price Match Policy
- Best Buy’s Price Match Policy
- Lowe’s Price Match Policy
- The Home Depot Price Match Policy
Price Matching can help you avoid running to multiple stores, and prevent the disappointment when an item you’re looking for is out of stock.
4. Not All Doorbusters Are A Good Deal
Doorbuster items are the store’s way of getting you to the store and hope that while you’re there, you’ll do the rest of your Christmas shopping.
Sometimes, the doorbuster items may not even be the best deal!
While the sign “Laptops for under $100” might sound like a deal you can’t pass up; it may be a no-name brand item that has lower specs than the brand name.
Make sure to research those doorbusters, before you wait in line. If you haven’t heard of the brand before, look them up on Amazon and see what kinds of reviews have been posted by real users.
Now, that’s not to say that you can’t score an amazing deal on an off-brand doorbuster product, one year we got a mini-crock pot for only $4 that we use regularly for nacho cheese dip, that was one of my best doorbuster purchases ever!
5. Kitchen Gadgets (and Vacuums) Are A Best-Buy
Kitchen gadgets seem to be the category of items I see that have the most savings throughout the whole Black Friday “week” and through Cyber Monday also.
Usually we’ll see the best prices of the year on virtually all small appliances but notably, Kitchenaid Mixers, Ninja Blenders, Keurigs, Cookware, Pyrex Sets, and just about anything else you’ll use in the kitchen.
Oh, and vacuums too! The best deals I’ve found on vacuums have always been during Black Friday sales.
6. Don’t Forget The Coupons!
Black Friday coupons are out there, and some of them could lead to massive savings!
If you don’t usually get a Newspaper, you’ll want to make sure to pick one up on Thanksgiving day because that is the one that includes all the Black Friday Sale Ads.
There will be tons of store coupons in the paper you can use, in addition to any you find online.
Once you know what stores you’ll be going to, make sure to do a quick google search for that store and coupons to see if you can find any bonus discount coupons before you head out.
7. Stay Organized
The quickest way to overspend while you’re out on Black Friday is to be disorganized!
I’ve created a Black Friday Planner to help you figure out where to go, what time, and what coupons you need to bring in the store with you.
Make sure your coupons are organized, you know your schedule, and that you don’t spend too long in each store.
The more organized you are, the more success you’ll have on Black Friday.
8. Shop Online
Did you know that sites like Amazon have Black Friday deals too?
Some stores even have their Black Friday sales online!
Before you head out to the store, see if you can do your shopping from home! You’ll avoid the long lines, traffic, and craziness of heading out on Black Friday, plus who wouldn’t want to do their shopping on the couch in pajamas?
Black Friday shopping doesn’t have to be as chaotic as the commercials make it sound. If you plan and prepare before you hit the stores, you’ll have no trouble scoring great deals at rock bottom prices!