1. Do your homework!
Make a list (and stick to it)! Holiday shopping is exciting, something and if you’re not organized, overwhelming. It’s always helpful to start out by making of list of recipients and gift ideas. That’s not to say that you might not stumble across a better gift idea when you’re searching, but at least you’ll know what you’re looking for and you will be less likely to waste time.Statistics show that those shopping with a list (that they stick to,) save 30% more than those who don’t.
2. Do some research
Major retailers leak their Black Friday Ads early, and lot of them offer additional deals on their websites. Make sure to check out pre-Black Friday deals going on and you might be able to cross a few items off your list.
Make sure to READ the ad entirely, including the fine print. You want to make sure you know exactly what the terms are before you buy something online. Watch out for sneaky terms where you might be asked to sign up for a service in order to receive an item for the listed price, or where no returns, exchanges or warranties are offered.
There are several websites designated solely to Black Friday deals – they scour the web for leaked ads and savings, so don’t forget to check them out! Here’s a few of the big ones:
- TGI Black Friday
2. Sign up for E-mail alerts
You may already be subscribed to receive e-mails from a handful of your favorite retailers, but chances are, you’re going to be visiting a stores or websites that you don’t really want to be filling up your inbox for the rest of the year. Consider setting up a separate e-mail address in advance is a good way to get updates on the latest steals and deals.
Black Friday ads start circulating at least 2 week before the the big day, so make sure to keep an eye out.
3. Price match
This is a so important! Often times retailers will offer deep discounts on items to get customers in the door, hence the term “doorbusters,” and once you’re in, can tempt you with more expensive items.
Go through your list and check to see what price is being offered for your items BEFORE the big day. You should get a head start so you know exactly where to start your shopping. Check to see which retailers offer a price match guarantee, because if you happen to spot a product being offered for less by a different retailer, you’ll know ahead of time if your original purchase price can be matched.
4. Shop safely
This is where your research will definitely come in handy. You want to make that the site you’re purchasing from it secure BEFORE you start offering them all of your personal information and your credit card details. Check out my previous post on ways to safeguard your online shopping experience and get yourself up to speed and alert this holiday season.
4. Keep receipts!
You should definitely do a follow up on Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving,) because this is definitely another big day for retailers to create holiday buzz.
Often times retailers offer better deals online, so if you purchased something only to find the same item pop up online for a better price, you might be able to save a few dollars. This is an even bigger bonus when you discover that the retailer is offering free shipping for the holidays.
Don’t forget to check for discount codes/ promo codes online! There is a myriad of websites and blogs devoted to couponing. You might need to do a little digging, but there might be code out there for your retailer of choice.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday!