Good gracious folks, Black Friday is just 3 weeks away from today (crazy!) So, to get you ready I thought I'd put together my most important tips for shopping Black Friday well.
(Nope, me neither, but we're going to tackle it anyways.) 🙂 Let's get started.
1. Many stores offer a few “Black Friday deals” all month long . . .
. . . and honestly, they go in full force on many online sites the Sunday and Monday before Black Friday. Kohl's came out with their big door busters last year Sunday night, so my bet is that will happen again this year, and online retailers everywhere will start offering great prices.
For most deals though, you really don't need to leave your home at all, so be sure to watch PPP for the very best deals each day. (You can even sign up for once daily updates, delivered to your inbox over HERE.)
Do know that many of these deals go quickly, so you'll want to visit a few times throughout the day and follow on Facebook as well to keep up.
2. Newer Apple products don't often go on sale at deeply discounted prices.
You may see a few discounts on iPads and iPhones, but don't expect seriously deeply discounted prices (if you find savings of $50 – $100 off you've done pretty well.)
However, Walmart already has their iPad Mini2 on sale for $199 right now, which is a pretty incredible price. Because it's not the newest model you're getting some significant savings, so watch for discounts on older model Apple products is definitely a great way to save Black Friday.
(Amazon does usually offer incredible deals on Kindle products though this month, and have already started discounting their Kindles for Amazon Prime Members!)
3. Televisions are great to buy on Black Friday.
One of the best times of year to buy televisions is Black Friday, but if you're not in a hurry you may want to wait until the Super Bowl to purchase one in January. If you're looking for a higher end television you probably want to wait for January, however the Black Friday deals on smaller TVs usually can't be beat.
. . . and video game savings are huge on Black Friday as well.
There are a ton of video game and video game console deals that come out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday as well. However, those deals are already starting on some sites now, so watch the price of the game and console you're looking for to guarantee the best price.
A peek at last year's Kohl's Black Friday deals
4. Buy all your kitchen gadgets on Black Friday.
Kitchen gadget savings will be huge on Black Friday and really throughout Black Friday “week” and Cyber week too.
So what kind of items to watch for? Usually we'll see the best prices of the year on Kitchenaid Mixers, Ninja Blenders, Cookware, Pyrex Sets, and just about anything else you'll need in the kitchen. These are usually my favorite deals of the Holidays, so I'll be watching right with you!
5. These stores are just a few that offer price matching.
- Best Buy
- The Home Depot
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Toys R Us
Take advantage of price matching at several stores to get a great price, in case the item you're looking for isn't in stock at your store. If you can bring proof of the price in a physical ad to show to your cashier. (Although most will accept these ads from your Smartphone, having the real ad in hand may make price matching even easier.)
Remember that on some special Black Friday deals retailers may not price match all the deeply discounted deals stores have to offer. To find out if another store is price matching a specific Black Friday ad, call ahead and ask your store management.
6. Don't forget that many stores also offer price adjustments.
If you purchase an item in a store within a few weeks of a better price during Black Friday sales, check to see if your store offers a price adjustment. While all stores won't offer that (especially if they have deeply discounted items on Black Friday), it never hurts to (nicely!) ask. Make a quick call to your store to see what they offer.
7. Stores offer huge loss leaders to get you in the door on Black Friday.
Most stores offer a limited number of “loss leaders” which really are your best deals. Stores like Amazon and Walmart tend to also offer these deals in the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday, so keep up with PPP as we'll be here bright and early working to get you the very best deals.
8. Don't forget the drug stores.
Y'all, my favorite Black Friday shopping ever happens at the drug stores, and what I love is that they typically are best on Thanksgiving morning. Now, I am not one who likes the idea of stores being open on Thanksgiving at all, but because the drug stores supply their customers with needed medications they really do need to be open to serve those in need.
CVS actually offers their new Black Friday ad at 6PM the night before Thanksgiving at any stores that AREN'T open 24 hours, so if you want to sneak in early you can save big and beat the crowds. I go first thing on Thanksgiving morning before my family is awake, then and home and ready to help with Thanksgiving cooking by 9AM. To see what Black Friday looked like at CVS in 2014, go HERE.
9. Some “doorbusters” just aren't worth it.
Some deals are fantastic on Black Friday, however some tend to be lower quality items that really aren't worth it. Make sure that what you purchase is really what you want, and you're not just picking up something quickly to get a deal that you didn't really need in the first place. (Read more HERE.)
10. Keep up with PPP for all the very best deals this Christmas season.
Sign up for PPP daily emails to get the best deals, not just on Black Friday but throughout the Christmas season. We've got a big surprise that's going to help you out a ton this year at Christmas, and the whole PPP team is working hard to make sure you never miss a deal.
Looking for more tips on how to save at your favorite retail stores? Here you go:
- Download the Ultimate Black Friday Cheat Sheet 2015
- 14 Secrets You Need to Know About Shopping Amazon
- 14 Secrets You Need to Know Before Shopping Kohl's
- 10 Secrets You Need To Know Before Shopping Old Navy
- 22 Items You Need to Look for at Ikea
- 7 Secrets You Need to Know Before Shopping Michaels
- 6 Things You Need to Do Before Christmas Shopping