Hello, hello! This week I’m chatting about all things Black Friday. Earlier this week I shared a sneak peek of Lauren James’ Black Friday Mystery Box, but today is all about strategic planning. The biggest shopping day of the year is no joke, so you need to be prepared if you want to score the best deals. If you plan to knock out most of your holiday shopping this Friday, follow these three tips.
1. Plan Ahead
I’m about as type A as it gets, so it’s no surprise that I like to have all of my holiday gifts planned out prior to Black Friday. I start by making a list of everyone I need to shop for and create a budget for each person, then I decide what gifts fit within each budget. This makes it super easy when weeding through those Black Friday ads to find the perfect gift at the right price. Once you have the gifts selected, map out how to spend your time — online vs. in store, mall vs. Target, etc. This leads me to my next point…
2. Do Your Research
If you want the best deals, you need to do some research — and I don’t just mean flipping through the ads you get in the mail on Thanksgiving. Hit up every website for the retailers you wish to shop . Look in the promotion details on the site and see if the sale is the same in stores and online — many retailers have slightly different deals, sometimes better in store, giving you a reason to go to the actual store. Next, look at cost-saving apps. Ebates is key if you’re planning to shop online (sign up for free here). RetailMeNot will help you find the best deals and fast.
Another thing to pay attention to when strategically planning out your time is how long the sales last. Prioritize doorbusters and one-day sales, followed by in-store weekend-long sales, then online sales. Map out your time accordingly.
3. Start Early
If you hate crowds or the stress of Black Friday shopping, it’s best to start early. Many retailers have already started their sales online (and even some in store). Here are a few sales that you can shop online now to get a head start!
GAP — 50% off everything NO EXCLUSIONS online and in stores with code BLKFRIDAY
J. CREW — 40% off your purchase with code THANKU (this never happens, guys)
LOFT — 40% off everything online and in stores with code GIFTITUP
Check back Friday morning for my round-up of the best Black Friday sales to shop!
Until next time —