Black Friday may not officially be the busiest shopping day of the year, but it is the most (in)famous one for every American. On Black Friday retailers offer the best discounts, and because it is the day after Thanksgiving, people try to get to the stores as fast as they can to get good deals on holidays presents and goods. Some people are naturally good at shopping for bargains, and can handle themselves in the crowded stores, but most people have no idea where to begin looking on Black Friday. Here are some tips, apps and websites to help you through the day:
1. Compare prices
Before you go shopping, you probably want to compare prices, so that you end up with the best deal. Even though you may find something cheap somewhere, it could be cheaper in the next store over, and with all the crowds you don’t want to keep going from store to store. Websites like PriceGrabber.com can be helpful. On this website you can select a category, search keywords and select a price range. You will then see what the best deals is.
Shopping doesn’t have to be outdoors anymore, not even on Black Friday. You will find great deals on the internet and avoid having to sleep in front of the door of your favorite store to be the first one to get in. With the app RetailMeNot you can search online retailers and very often the website will give you a coupon, which varies from 10 percent off the price to free shipping. You can use the coupons straight away or save them, and bookmark your favorite stores. The app also sends out notifications when you are near a shop that has a deal that you may be interested in.
3. Early Morning Shopping
You may not like the sound of it, but a lot of stores do give discounts to people who are there early. You see it less than in the past few years, and if you live in a big city there is a chance that people are actually camping outside the store so that they can get the discounts, but in some places the stores give great deals to people early in the morning. Of course there are also the midnight madness sales, which are often very busy, but well worth it. If you don’t know for sure if a store has early bird shopper discounts, you can always visit their website because most stores list their deals their.
4. Go with friends and family
One thing that can make everything easier for you is a bit of help from family and friends. With List Ease you can easily create lists and split them with family and friends, so that everyone knows what they have to get. The lists also get updated in real time, so that you won’t end up with double or unnecessary things. Lists can be organized by person, store or item, and you get notifications when other people that you are sharing lists with cross something off.
5. Know what to buy
The worst thing about shopping for the holidays is that people often don’t know what to get their friends and family. Children tell their parents what they want for the holidays in July, but other adults are often uncomfortable saying what they want for the holidays and instead say they want ‘nothing’. This is only a burden, and it makes it hard for you to shop. That’s why you need to know what to get your family and friends. With the app Giftster you can create a group and invite your friends and family to join you. Everyone can then create a wish list and share it with the group. If you buy a gift for a friend off their list the app lets you mark the item on the person’s list without the person seeing it.
Shopping on Black Friday is fun if you know how to do it. Hopefully these tips and apps will help you get the best deals. If you have other tips and tricks, please let us know.