It’s just about time for one of the busiest, and craziest, shopping days of the year. Black Friday is almost here, and so is your chance to get a start on your holiday shopping. The day after Thanksgiving is known for its special deals and large crowds. If you’ll be out and about on Black Friday, consider these tips to make the most of your shopping experience.
Search for the best deals
Get yourself organized and make a plan before you leave the house. One of the most important things to do before tackling Black Friday is to research the best deals. Check the weekly ads and look around online to see which stores have the best offerings on the gifts and items you’re looking for.
Make a list and a budget
Keep your at-home preparation going by making a list and a Black Friday budget. While there are a lot of great deals, you’ll want to stay focused. Create a list for each person you’re shopping for, items for yourself and set a budget for the day. Write it all down on paper and take it with you so you can keep yourself accountable.
Know the return policies
Sometimes you get home and decide you really don’t like the item you just bought. Or, maybe you’re just having second thoughts about the gift you were sure your loved one will love. Returns happen. When you buy gifts in advance of the holidays, it’s best to be aware of stores’ return policies.
Skip Black Friday
Not into the rush, fighting large crowds or in-store shopping? If you’re still wanting to take advantage of the spectacular Black Friday deals without leaving the house, see if the stuff on your list is available online for the same or lower price. You could also wait until Cyber Monday instead. The big online shopping day has a ton of special deals of its own; however, beware of shipping costs because shipping charges can add up quickly.