Excellent Black Friday Shopping Tips
The biggest shopping day of the year is just around the corner. I’m pretty sure it now rivals and will probably surpass Boxing Day sales in Canada. Black Friday can be a great time to score great deals on Christmas gifts. This can be a great time to shop especially if you know a few tips and tricks to make your shopping a success.
Here are 9 useful Black Friday shopping tips:
bookmark my huge black friday post
Coming next week, I’ll have my annual list of Canadian Black Friday deals (it’s huge!) Just peruse the list to find the store you’re interested in, click on the links, then start shopping from the comfort of your own home. Do it!
Buy discount cards for the stores you’ll be shopping at.
Shop with discounted gift cards instead of cash to save yourself some moolah! There are many stores such as Real Canadian Superstore/Lobloss, Rexall and Shoppers Drug Mart that offer gift card discounts for stores such as Old Navy and Gap during their weekly sales. You might want to take a look at CardSwap.ca for discounted gift cards.
If you’re shopping in-store, skip the large shopping cart.
If you plan to shop in-store, don’t even think about getting one of those big, cumbersome shopping carts. Carry a basket or bring a large reusable shopping bag (IKEA bags anyone?) to avoid collisions or when you want to get out of the store as quickly as possible.
Build your shopping list in order of importance.
Is Santa promising to bring Lego sets this year? You better put that first on your shopping list! By building your shopping list in order of importance, you’re helping yourself not to forget that really important gift.
Sign up for emails from stores where you’ll be shopping.
Whether you’re shopping in-store or online, signing up for the email list of the store you shop from can be extremely valuable. Almost certainly, they will include coupon codes or coupons that you can print/show on your phone for additional discounts. Sometimes email subscribers can start shopping online even earlier in the sale.
Similar sales are generally available online as well, except through extreme doorbusters. Save yourself some time and energy by shopping from the comfort of your home. (this is my preferred method 😉 )
join loyalty programs
If you aren’t already, you can join a loyalty program for the stores you shop at! Collect points that can translate into free items or even extend to certain perks. (I’m thinking of the TJX card from Winners.)
Shop online on Amazon.
Because I’m such a big fan of online shopping, I usually check Amazon first. Black Friday will be no different as I think they usually have some really good deals a day. Another Amazon tip: Use Honey to track Amazon prices so you can see how today’s Amazon prices compare to the past 30 days. You can also use the Droplist feature which allows you to save items that interest you and once Honey finds a lower price, they will let you know.
Set a budget and stick to it.
If you drive yourself into debt trying to get the latest and greatest thing, you’re really not getting a deal. If you’ve made a shopping list, staying within your budget should be easier because you have an idea of the cost of each item. Don’t let worrying about debt ruin your vacation! There is hardly a deal that is worth the stress.
Do you shop on Black Friday? I’d love to hear your Black Friday shopping tips in the comments below.