November 24 is Black Friday, one of the most infamous holiday traditions. If you can’t get into the festive spirit without feeling like you have managed to get a few deals between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, then we have some tips for you.
Most of these tips apply mostly to shopping online, but if you follow them all you’ll have a solid plan for all types of shopping come the big day. The main tactic for getting that deal of the century is to prepare, prepare, prepare! Let’s get to work.
How to get the best Black Friday deals
1. Save what you want to buy in your Favorites before the excitement begins
If you have an interest in specific products, go to different shops and save the links. Then, you will be ready to check everything you are interested in the moment the sales start. You can even check which is cheapest by store.
2. Always check the original price
Before clicking Buy, check the original store price. The shop is required to show it and, if it doesn´t, that’s a bit fishy – so it is worth double checking the price against a competitor.
3. Organize a “path”
Do you want to buy a number of different things? Make a list of the different shops/sites you want to visit so as not to forget anything and cross them off as you go. If a store’s server fails under the inevitable onslaught of shoppers, keep moving and leave it on your list – you can always come back later.
4. Buy from stores with a good return policy
Although you should go in with a clear list, you will probably end up buying a few things unexpectedly. While all shops are required to accept returns, some make it easier than others. Try to buy in shops that make returns simple. That way, if you regret something, you’ve only lost time and not money.
5. Follow your favorite shops’ social networks
Do you love certain brands of makeup, fashion, electronics, or collectibles? The best way to know which deals are on Black Friday is to follow their various social networks. Facebook is great for this, as most shops will promote their various discounts there.
Remember: you can also make sure these posts can be seen first on your timeline, so you never miss a deal. Just go to their page and select how you want posts displayed in your news feed – in this case, See first. Remember to turn this off after the sales, though.
6. Use price comparison sites
We know some shops and products are great, but if you are on an uncontrolled shopping spree, then it can pay to be safe. With sites like Ciao or Google Shopping, you can get useful reviews of stores, products, and prices to make sure your purchases will be hassle-free.
7. Have a spending limit… and try to stick to it
Cap your budget and try to stick to it. Yes, it’s hard, but so is not eating for the rest of the month. One way you can manage this is to transfer your sale budget to Paypal – then when you run out, call it a day.
We love to shop! Do you have any other tips to maximize the sales? Tell us in the comments.