Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. Many people plan for twelve months in advance for this big day. The goal seems to be to purchase the best deals in town. Some people actually do their entire list of Christmas shopping on Black Friday.
Shopping on such a busy day to purchase limited supply deals can often take a lot of advance planning. Here are ten tips to help you prepare for the biggest shopping event of the year.
1) Try to learn about the sales in advance. There is a wonderful website that can help you plan in advance because they actually release sneaks of the sales before the rest of the public knows about them.
Here is a link to the site.
This site also offers forums that are dedicated to Black Friday and how to achieve the best shopping deals. You can even subscribe to their email updates which will let you know about what advertisements will be appearing for Black Friday.
2) Make an advance list of what you wish to purchase. This will help you cut down on spur of the minute buying. Have an idea of what you want to find so you can watch the advertisements closely in advance and narrow your search for the best deals on the items down.
Be sure to make a pact with yourself to only buy what is on your list. This way you won’t over spend on items that you truly do not need.
3) When you make your shopping list put the most popular items at the start because these will be the sales that you will want to hit first. The most popular items will go quickly so you will want to plan to head to them first.
4) If there is an amazing deal and only a limited time you will have to either arrive very early or actually camp out. Last year there were many people camped out the night before at popular sales in Portland Oregon. They would line up with small tents and camp chairs outside the store so they would be the first into the store. You might have to actually face the reality of doing this extreme practice if you live in a large city where lots of people will want to arrive first for the limited supply items.
5) Try to plan to purchase the large items first and then hit the smaller items. Smaller items will tend to have large quantities and still be there later in the morning when the larger items are gone.
6) Be sure to sit on line during the week of Thanksgiving and the day of Thanksgiving looking at on line ads for Black Friday. Many sales are only posted on line and not in the local newspaper. Some major stores offerr email alerts to their largest sales so sign up for these early.
7) Drive by the stores the day before the sale so you have an idea of parking lot layouts. Most parking lots will be full and you will waste precious time driving around and around looking for a spot. If there is an overflow lot or neighboring lot it will save you far more time to park away from the store and walk then drive in circles looking for a close shopping spot. Just prepare yourself to park and walk. Map where you will park in advance.
8) Make sure you are familiar with the layout of the stores that you will be shopping at. This will save you time if you can head straight to the items you wish to purchase and you do not have to look up and down the aisle ways.
9) Try to plan team work with your spouse or a friend the night before. If you work as a team you can buy more. Send your husband with a list and then you can go with your list. This increases your odds of getting the best buys.
10) Be sure to compare sale prices the night before on various sites. This will give you a good idea of the best deals. Here is a list of top sites to get current prices.
All of these idea’s will help you have a successful Black Friday shopping experience. Remember to stay calm during your shopping trips. There is no reason to push or shove. If you do not get the deal you wanted then it was simply not meant to be. Have fun and don’t stress out. Shopping should be a fun experience or it is simply not worth it to even try to capture the best deals.