How to Get the Most Out of your Black Friday Shopping

The BIGGEST shopping day is upon us and with tons of deals, special sale hours and door busters, it can get pretty overwhelming.  Yes, even for the seasoned shoppers.

If you really want to make the most out of your shopping experience, you need to have a goal and a plan.

To help you plan for this much-awaited shopping day, follow these helpful strategies and increase your savings.

Get notified.

Get the first dibs on sales and special promotions by following your favorite retailers on their social networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or subscribe to their e-newsletters to get alerts on the best deals.

Do your research.

Research online and through newspapers or circulars to gather sale information, learn about special deals, as well as coupons to maximize savings.

Make your list.

Whether you’re already shopping for Christmas gifts, buying stuff from your wishlist or just restocking your must-have products, having a list of things to buy (and things to buy for) is very important to stay on track with your budget and avoid overspending.  Having a list also helps you to plot where you want to shop, compare prices and map out your route on the day of Black Friday.

Compare prices.

There’s a lot of competition going on amongst retailers, both online and in-stores.  So before you decide on a purchase, make sure you’ve already compared, not just the price but also the best value for our money.  Use sites like to assist you in comparing prices.

Plan your itinerary.

Make sure to plan out an efficient itinerary based on the list you’ve put together, in order to save you time, effort and gas money.

Get gift recipes.

Don’t forget to get a gift receipt for every returnable purchase and keep all regular receipts as well for budgeting and accounting purposes.

Don’t forget Cyber Monday deals.

Lastly, not everything is about Black Friday.  Cyber Monday too, has great store-wide discounts on major categories like clothing. Yes, you can still get deep discounts post-Black Friday.

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