People drawn in by Black Friday savings often end up spending more than they mean to. But don’t despair: Black Friday can still be the savings mecca you’ve always hoped for. With these tips and tricks, you’ll end up saving money while spending it.
To really boost your savings this Black Friday, check to see whether the deals at your favorite stores will extend to online purchases. Many shops give the same offers to online shoppers that they do to those who shop in person. Buy the items you can online, and devote your shopping time to the deals that are only available in store.
Take Advantage of Special Offers
Some places give special perks to the first people in the store. Find out if any of your favorite stores are offering gift cards for the first 50 customers or store credit for the first 100. You won’t only be saving money; you’ll be making money with these special deals.
Don’t forget the essentials. Though Black Friday is often used to buy electronics, clothing and gifts, practical items go on sale as well. Some of the more expensive but necessary things in life can be bought on Black Friday for much cheaper. For example, tires are often on sale and are useful year-round.
Have a Plan
Know where you’re headed and what you’re buying before you get there. Don’t just show up at the mall; have a specific list of what you want and where to get it. To cut down on spending, leave your credit cards at home and get cash from the ATM. These tactics will ensure you don’t overspend or get caught in a shopping frenzy, yet you can still take advantage of the deals offered.
There are plenty of Black Friday coupons to collect. Double up on the savings by getting the in-store deals and bringing coupons for another boost. Many normal services will not be available, such as layaway, but coupons that are advertised for Black Friday specifically are helpful.
Buy All Christmas Gifts
Prepare your list of gifts in advance and do most of your gift shopping on Black Friday. You’ll save money by cutting down on a normally expensive aspect of budgeting. By preparing beforehand, you’re able to cut the stress of holiday shopping and get it all done in one cheap day.
Black Friday is a thrill for some and stressful for others, but by properly planning, anybody can end up saving money by getting necessary shopping done on this one, deal-filled day.
This is a guest post written by Marlena Stoddard. Marlena writes on parenting and fitness. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. When she isn’t spending time with her children or writing, Marlena enjoys baking, reading, and running. For more on Marlena, you can follow her on Google+.
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