Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become some of the most essential shopping days of the entire year especially for a deal finder like me!
I actually save things to purchase on those days alone.
For example; towels, if I want to redecorate a bathroom, we have 6 people we need to purchase towels for, I will wait until Black Friday and get some really good deals on all those towels instead of buying them when I see a fun bathroom-redo on HGTV!
Also, Black Friday is one of the best days to buy those big-ticket electronic items for a whole lot less.
I spoke about this topic on my Savings Segment on Fox. Watch the replay video here:
(I’ll add the replay video right here as soon as it’s made available from Fox)
While Black Friday is also one of the most competitive selling days, it’s also one of the busiest days to shop.
There are so many deals, doorbusters, and sales hours that even the most seasoned Black Friday deal finder can become overwhelmed.
To make sure you are getting the best prices of the season, on the products you want to buy this year, we have created a guide to help you be an expert deal finder on Black Friday!
Sign Up For Emails And Rewards Ahead Of Time
To be an expert deal finder, don’t wait until you are in the store to sign up for their loyalty program, or attempt to create an account while you’re waiting in line.
After you’ve made your game plan for Black Friday and therefore you know which stores you are headed to, make sure you do these three things:
- Sign up for the store’s email list
- Create an online account
- Sign up for any loyalty program they offer (usually these are free)
If you need to buy something online later, you’ll already have the account made! They will, of course, send you coupons too!
When you find the deal you’re looking for in-store, they will probably have already sent you some introductory new coupons and deals to use at checkout! Score!
There also might be coupons hiding in your emails. Check through your emails to see if you already have an account with a store you are going to.
Don’t Forget The Newspaper
An expert deal finder knows that your region’s Thanksgiving Day newspaper is going to be stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey with coupons, ads, and circulars for Black Friday.
Many stores will offer sales and discounts that are time specific, so be sure to go through this newspaper to make sure you aren’t missing any deals!
If you don’t already have a copy of the sales ad handy, you’ll get one in the Thanksgiving Day paper!
Circle items you are looking to buy, and bring the sales ad with you into the store.
Last but not least, the coupons! The coupons alone may be worth getting the paper, but you may have to be an expert deal finder and dig for them.
Coupons can be found in circulars, loose single sheets in the newspaper, and more! So be sure to search every inch of your newspaper for them.
Download Apps To Your Smartphone
There are apps for everything and every store these days!
An expert deal finder uses smartphone apps that can help you stay organized on the go and to make sure you are shopping for the best deals on Black Friday.
If you really want the Black Friday details, at a minimum you need to download the apps for the stores where you are going to shop. They often have hidden coupons not found in the circulars or online!
Some stores will put the store layouts and maps on there so that you know exactly where to go to find your Black Friday Doorbuster items. One time Walmart had the TV’s on sale in the Freezer section at my local store. Without the app, I would’ve been wandering around for a while, and might have missed that deal!.
Research Prior To Black Friday
This is especially important if you are looking to score a big-ticket item during Black Friday.
Whether you’re looking to find the best price, or find out how well the product works, an expert deal finder will do some in-depth research before the big shopping day.
Start with your price comparisons in-store and online.
Look up product reviews before you head to the store, so you know whether or not it will be a good deal.
No matter what the cost is if it’s a lousy product than it is a bad deal!
Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Early Bird Discounts!
With stores opening as early as Thanksgiving day, and even beginning at 12 am online, being an early bird shopper can have its benefits.
Nearly every store will have some kind of doorbuster deal, and some have savings for those arriving at specific times.
Check for these ahead of time to make sure you don’t arrive at the store too late!
Sometimes showing up at a store an hour after opening can mean losing an extra discount!
To be an expert deal finder you need to do as my grandma used to say, “To be early is to be on time, but to be on time is to be late.”
Bring Your Ads With You
Many stores that are open on Black Friday will offer price matching or the lowest price guarantee.
Bring all of your ads with you, as sometimes you will need to show them a copy of the price advertised.
While some retailers may accept internet prices, some will not even if it’s the same price as in the store.
Make sure you know which stores will be offering these services during Black Friday, because some may not.
An expert deal finder is prepared for all situations, including bringing extra patience! 😉
With lots of shoppers and tired store employees, there are bound to be some long lines.
An expert deal finder knows to be prepared for all situations.
Bring a big bag to keep all of your important items along with a couple of snacks and a bottle of water.
I love a large zipped tote like this one that even has a spot for your water bottle. It can hold my snacks, water bottle, all my sales ads and anything else I need it to.
You may also opt for a small crossbody purse to keep your phone, keys, and cards in that way you can ditch the big bag with a friend for a quick run to the restroom without compromising your valuables. I love small crossbody purses for shopping. That way I have two hands to snatch up a deal!
The snacks will keep you from getting hangry, and the water will keep you from getting dehydrated which is so important for a long day of shopping.
Here are 4 more things I think you should bring that will help with your shopping trip!
If you are worried about your credit card number being stolen, you can purchase these RFID blocking sleeves that help to protect your identity.
Snagging those Black Friday deals can feel overwhelming if you’re not sure where to start.
If you follow this guide to be an expert deal finder, you’ll not only be able to grab the best deals for Black Friday, but you’ll never fear Black Friday again!
Your Turn: What advice would you give to someone who wants to be an expert deal finder on Black Friday? Share with me below!
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