The biggest retail holiday is already here, and with it comes high expectations for deal-seekers hoping to get the most out of their money. After a bruising year, saving money on things you need or want has become more important than ever.
While stomping the outdoors might not be the approach to Black Friday right now, you should know that this is still the window for exciting deals that you should grab, and make the most of your dollar.
An Expanding Black Friday Base
The main reason Black Friday shoppers have been finding less and less high-ticket items on the holiday itself is simple: Most retailers no longer host a single, huge, all-encompassing Black Friday sale. Instead, many start offering sales ranging from good to great in the days and weeks leading up to the date itself. If these deals are good enough, the stock might run out – resulting in said items no longer being available on the big day.
As such, the very first thing to keep in mind is to be alert not only on Black Friday but during the whole month of November – particularly on the week leading up to Black Friday. These days you can find many deals during the week that are just as good as those for Black Friday without having to deal with the added hassle of the crowds on the actual day.
Look for sale programming
It used to be that large retail stores would bundle their sales pamphlets into the local printed press. The printed press is almost dead, but sales programming, and even the occasional pamphlets, still exist – particularly for large retail.
It is, then, a good idea to look into it so you can know in advance if any items you want will be on sale, for how much, and when. The last part is the most important one, as it’s quite possible you can find them just as cheap, or almost as cheap, as the Black Friday prices just a week before – while skipping the crowds.
Consider That One Item You Always Wanted To Buy
The truth is that many people fail to make the most of Black Friday deals. Consider the one thing you have looked forward to buying all-year. You need to review prices from a few marketplaces and compare what is available to grab the best deals. Whether you just want a new computer gadget or some kitchen accessories, this could be your best.
In fact, consider buying online
As the seasons change with the outdoors not always appealing, internet shopping has become an institution in and of itself over the last two decades anyway.
While online shops may not have doorbuster events with insanely low prices (and stocks), in most cases, you can find prices online that rival those of your local stores. And while there is something to be said of supporting the local economy, that’s only true if you make your purchases in local shops, and not the huge global marketplaces.
Attending massive black Friday events was important for frugal shoppers a couple of decades ago. These days, it could be cheaper and way more comfortable to purchase things from your living room.