It’s not even Halloween, and already many stores are getting ready for the holidays. Between now and next month, you will see more holiday and Christmas displays in a lot of stores. While most of us are not thinking about holiday shopping until late next month when all the Black Friday deals start the day after Thanksgiving, it’s never too early to formulate a plan to streamline the process. Here are some great ideas to help you make the most of this upcoming shopping opportunity.
1- Decide where you will go first. Almost all stores open early (like at 6:00 am) and sometimes earlier (4:00 am). Some stores offer the best deals in the morning, and some offer deals all weekend. The strategy? Prioritize which stores are most important since these are the stores you will want to check out first. The earlier the better, because they often sell out quickly on the most popular items like toys and electronics. Consult the ads the day before.
2- Prepare for a long day ahead. There will be long lines, pushy people, and tired sales people. Make sure you come armed with a list and strategy to find what you’re looking for. If you cannot find what you’re looking for at the store, check it out online later.
3- If you’re looking for a certain gift, but don’t really know much about it, do your research on the item firsthand before heading to the stores on Black Friday. Oftentimes, the lines are too long and sales people are driven with certain sales quotas, so it’s not the best time to ask.
4- Let’s be honest, some of the Black Friday sales aren’t the best. Sometimes the deals get better near or after Christmas. If the deal is 25% or less off the sale item, wait for later because no doubt you will find a better bargain elsewhere.
5- Before purchasing anything, remember to check the return policy on the items- make sure that they can return the item, if necessary, after the holidays.