1.) Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. Create a budget and most importantly stick to it. Make a list for all of your gift recipients, and what you would like to get them.
2.) Always comparison shop. Visit at least three retailers online or in store to see who has the best price. Though we prefer going online as it saves gas!
3.) Matchy-Matchy. Speaking of price, ask the retailer if they PRICE MATCH as most typically do, but it is always good to ask to insure you’re getting the best price possible. Some may even offer an additional discount.
4.) The early bird catches the worm. Keep your eyes open for Pre-Black Friday sales. Most retailers begin to rollout their sales in the beginning to mid November to create a dramatic effect for the actual Black Friday event on November 23, 2018.
5.) Buy in bulk. Especially if you have a long list of gift recipients. Typically you can save pennies on the dollar this route.
6.) The waiting game. If you can’t find everything you want on Black Friday, there is always Cyber Monday.
7.) Paper or Plastic. When in doubt about what type of gift to get, go with a gift card or cash.
8.) Keep a paper trail. Get to know the retailers return/refund policy. Keep your receipt just in case you find your items somewhere else or if you decide it’s just not what you wanted.
9.) Stay in the know. If you have a social media account follow your favorite retailers as they typically share promotions early to get their customers pumped up for shopping.
10.) Use your resources. If there are incentive programs that you qualify for such as our Double Extra Awards or Skip-A-Pay promotions, USE them. We created them to help our members with the Holiday shopping season, because we know it can feel stressful at times.
Many Black Friday shoppers are practically professional athletes when it comes to shopping. If you’re feeling like a rookie, don’t let that feeling discourage you. Simply use this list of tools and most importantly have fun!