Here is a round up of the top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips I share this morning on Mornings with Fox 43.
Purchase Gift Cards Now- If you are sure you are going to shop certain stores buy gift cards now. Kroger is offering 4 times fuel rewards on gift card purchases. Also, CVS is offering $50 Extra Care Bucks buy a PayPal Mastercard and load $150 or $25 Extra Care Bucks when you purchase $100 in Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy gift cards. Purchase a $74 iTunes card and get $20 in Extra Care Bucks.
Set your Budget, Have a List of Gift Ideas. Set your budget for each person on your list, this will help you avoid (or at least realize when you do) overspend. A list of gift ideas will help you avoid buying items just because they are a “good deal”.
Do Your Research- Look through all the Black Friday Ads to find the best prices on the gifts you want this year-noting what time they will be on sale. Make sure you know what time stores open, their price matching policies and return policies. Know how stores will allocate doorbuster deals-by ticket number, by random or just by opening the doors, and if there is a per person limit.
Make a Plan-Plan your trip around the items you want the most (remember quantities are often limited on Black Friday). This year stores are rolling out deals at various times.
Get Social- “Like” favorite retailer’s Facebook or Twitter pages for Black Friday incentives. Many retailers will utilize their social media pages to post their Black Friday deals, discounts and incentives such as, liking their page to receive 10%- 20% off. The immediacy of social media makes it the perfect way to announce last minute or “hidden” deals.
Remember Not Everything is a Good Deal-Try to avoid buying pricey accessories. Buying accessories like HDMI cords, can easily turn a bargain shopping trip into a budget buster. These items will likely be cheaper next week or online.
Shop Online- Be sure to check your favorite stores online. Amazon will have several Black Friday Deals and your favorite retailers will have site wide savings and free shipping.
Be Prepared. Carry ads with you (especially if you’re going to a store that price-matches). Dress comfortably and in layers. Bring some snacks, you will avoid wasting time and money in food lines. Have a plan to organize your receipts as you go. Be prepared to wait in long lines.
Bring a Friend. Once in the store you can head to different departments to help each other get all the deals on your lists.
Save Your Receipts- You may get home and realize you got a little too caught up in the Black Friday buying spirit and need to return some of your purchases. If you have your receipt you should be able to return your purchase and get a full refund.
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