Black Friday: 5 Ways to Make the Most of It

Sales happen throughout the year and you may be wondering if shopping on Black Friday is really worthwhile. Not all Black Friday deals are necessarily good ones but savvy shoppers can find some great deals. 

Many items are discounted on Black Friday and it is certainly worth it if you can save some money. Here are some ways to make the most of Black Friday. 

1. Plan early

Don’t wait for Black Friday sales to start before thinking about what you want to buy. Make a list of what you’re hoping to buy on Black Friday and do some research to see what prices you would normally pay for these items. 

Then you will immediately be able to spot a great deal instead of thinking you’re making a saving when you could get the item for the same or even a better price another time. For example, savvy shoppers who make use of the Checkout Saver’s extension can save throughout the year. 

They can buy discount gift cards, get cashback and use coupons to save plenty of money on all their purchases. The point is that shoppers should always make sure they get the best price before they buy, even on Black Friday. 

2. Don’t only shop on Black Friday

Black Friday is technically the day after thanksgiving but it usually includes much more than just those 24 hours. Most sales tend to start the week of Black Friday and continue through the weekend and into Monday. 

Last year, Americans spent over $3 billion on Cyber Monday. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, many retailers are planning more than just a day or two worth of deals. Sales are likely to begin in late October and continue throughout November. 

3. Plan what to buy and where to shop first

Knowing when stores have their biggest sales and comparing prices allows you to strategize what to buy and where to shop first. Certain items like budget laptops, small kitchen appliances, video games, pots and pans are often worth buying on Black Friday, while others may be better to buy at other times of the year. 

For example, seasonal discounts on clothing items are often significant. Shoppers who add Checkout Saver’s cashback extension can benefit all year round from cashback, discounted gift cards and coupons from thousands of retailers when doing their online shopping. 

4. You don’t have to shop in-store

Today most brick-and-mortar stores have websites and mobile apps that allow you to shop Black Friday deals from the comfort of your own home. If you’re put off by the crowds on Black Friday and the fact that we’re still in a pandemic, just keep your laptop or mobile phone handy and you can shop in the pre-dawn hours of Black Friday. 

Many retailers offer specials you can order online and pick up at a local store. Retailers are moving away from in-store only deals and this year, they are likely to do this even more due to the pandemic. Special “web only” specials are often available as early as Thanksgiving Day. 

5. Prioritize your shopping list

Prioritize your shopping list by order of importance. Get the most essential, expensive items first before browsing other items. Many stores offer special discounts that are time-specific so you don’t want to miss out by getting sidetracked. 

Some sites, for example, are deals retailers offer on certain products for a limited time period. If you miss out on them, you will probably end up spending money on items you had not planned to buy. 

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