Thanksgiving is a holiday focused on being grateful and appreciative of our family, friends, and blessings in our life. The day after Thanksgiving our country celebrates Black Friday, a “holiday” that glorifies shopping by the cartload and trampling over each other for the best deals. It’s a total oxymoron, but nevertheless it’s the reality. Now, on the upside, Black Friday is great for getting big items on your Christmas list at bargain deals and off your list well in advance. We’re not all in the position to be paying full price for anything so 40-60% off is a real load off our chest. To get the most out of the post-Thanksgiving sales this year, make sure to do your homework!
- Make a List Before Shopping – This is the equivalent to having a snack or meal before going grocery shopping. We all know our shopping cart overflows a bit more when we lost control over the true purpose of the trip. This year make a list of the items or gifts you need this holiday season. Stick to your list. The list will help you to stay grounded. Do you really need that random M*A*S*H season 3 DVD? Probably not. Don’t buy something just because it’s on sale.
- Research Items on Your List - Black Friday is huge on electronics so research those items first. Most stores will have small print in their catalogs indicate that they only have a limited quantity of the bigger items. They’ll let you know exactly how many and this way you can prioritize which stores to shop at first. Make sure to check prices at all major stores so you get the lowest deal.
- Get Their Early – But not too early. A few local stores have decided to open at 6PM on Thanksgiving Day this year. That’s terrible for the employees that are required to work. This holiday is about quality time with friends and family while we consider our blessings. Make sure you remember to savor the holiday with your loved ones before you dig in to the holiday sales. Tomorrow is never promised.
- Keep Your Receipts – It is still possible to get a better deal on a particular item in the days that follow Thanksgiving, so don’t throw away your receipts. Although most stores are equipped to locate your transaction using your credit card information or address, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- There’s an App for That – Most large department stores or retail locations have adapted to modern times and technology by either setting up a mobile site or app. Take advantage of these perks because a lot of stores have a Black Friday section set-up with sneak peeks of their special sales. Make sure to keep track of those when you’re doing your research.
Happy Holidays & Happy Shopping!