Surviving the Purge: Black Friday Tips & Tricks
Thanksgiving is charging swiftly around the corner and its popular sister Black Friday is treading right behind. The millennial in you might just plop on your sofa with your laptop and favorite blanket and purge happily from your home, but the tradition in you might already have your tent set up outside the mall. Whether you decide to shop online or in store; there are some tricks that will make your Friday purge a lot easier.
This vs. That: The first tip might be a bubble buster. You actually don’t save that much on Black Friday. So, before you rev up your engine, do your research. Compare prices from today and Friday. If there is something special that you want to buy, watch the price. You can even use sites like www.shopping.com and www.pricegrabber.com to see if you can get it for a cheaper price somewhere else. Also, don’t get caught up in false advertisement. Just because a sign says “50 percent off” in 72 pt. with flashing lights around it, doesn’t mean that it’s true. The fifty percent off may only be applied to sales and clearance items. This does not mean that there aren’t good deals out there, just make sure you do your research before you spend your money.
MapQuest: If you still plan on shopping, map out your stores. This goes back to the tip on paying attention to prices. We all know how frustrating it is to go on a mall trip with a friend who does not know what she wants. Plan ahead! Map out the stores that you definitely know will have good prices, and then focus on the other stores. This will save you a ton of time and walking. Also when you make your plan, be sure to group the stores that are closer to each other so that you won’t be walking on end of the mall to the next.
Savings on Savings: Bring extra coupons! Don’t let the sell sign trick you into thinking that you cannot get any extra off. Apps such as Retailmenot and Ebates are perfect when it comes to finding discounts, as well as Groupon.
Every man for themselves: Don’t be afraid to purge alone. Shopping with family and friends can be a blast, but also distracting. We all been there before when we wanted to check out a store but our friend or family member didn’t want to go for the walk or was too busy looking for themselves. If you are shopping for yourself, it’s highly recommended to break up and go alone. You can plan a meet up stop after you all shopped. When you are alone you can concentrate and will most likely buy what’s for you and not what your friend or family member is getting.
Secure the bag: Just because it’s black Friday doesn’t mean it’s ‘everything must go’. People often confuse black Friday with a mega sale and they spend all their money. Create a budget with your shopping. Don’t get caught up in the festivities and you end up over-drafting your account.
Watch your Back: The holiday season is the time to reunite with your loved ones and rejoice in the blessings that you’ve received during the year. It is also the time where tragedies have. Pay special attention to your purse or wallet when you’re out shopping. Refrain from bringing out too much money, and always have a back-up card just in case. Make sure you are keeping up with your bank statements. For those who decide to shop online, make sure you are shopping from legit websites. Make sure that whatever website you are on has a secure check-out procedure. Also, make sure to document your confirmation codes and to logout and close all your browsers successfully.
Most importantly, have fun. Black Friday isn’t always about spending money. It’s also about spending time with friends and passing on your blessings to others. Whether you decide to stay home or go out, enjoy yourself and take precautionary measures.
Article by Unique Ratcliff
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