One week and counting until Black Friday, and if you’re one of the millions who plan to shop, it’s best to arm yourself with some helpful tips. You’ll need it!
I’m more of a Cyber Monday shopper myself, but I’ve gotten some great deals on Black Friday from computer monitors, to a flatscreen TV, to washer and dryer.
My husband and I still talk about how great those deals were, and to this day we haven’t seen the price as low as we paid on those items.
So, in most cases, Black Friday can be a total score. But like the way most people feel, I can definitely do without the crazy crowds, the pushing, shoving, waiting in a long line outside in the cold. But, even still, if the deal is good, and it’s something I feel won’t be cheaper any other day, I’ll be there prepared and on a mission.
Tips for navigating Black Friday deals, doorbusters and bargains:
* Make a list. Take a list with you of who you’re buying for and what you’re buying.
* Set a limit. Look at what you can afford to spend in total and then set limits you will spend on each person, otherwise you could end up spending more than you planned!
* Check a store’s online website. A lot of online stores will offer free shipping to compete with retailers and that may save you a trip!
The BBB has a great Holiday Planning Calculator, which helps you compartmentalize your holiday budget into categories like gifts, travel and food. You set the overall budget, and adjust it depending on your needs and plans for the holiday season.
I just tried the calculator and it said my recommended holiday budget is 1.5% of my annual income. Pretty interesting.
Will you shop on Black Friday? Or do you plan to wait for Cyber Monday?