If you want to save a ton of money and get the best deals this Black Friday, you’re going to have to get prepared and shop like a Black Friday ninja. That means, shopping smarter than everyone else (I mean, you’re already using AdYoYo, so you’re ahead of the game!) — and planning ahead. To help you navigate through the busiest shopping day of the year, we’ve put together this list of 6 Black Friday tips to get you the absolute best buys this holiday season.
1. Make A List
Yes, just like Santa. Before you can begin your shopping adventure you need to know who you are buying gifts for, and what they might like. Make a list of who needs gifts, such as family, coworkers, bosses, your mailman, teachers, etc. Have in mind what gifts you might like to give each of them, like must-have toys, essential electronics, winter wear, candles, updated equipment or gift sets.
2. Plan Your Route
Separate the things to buy by store. If multiple things can be bought in the same store, do so to save the drive time. Know opening and closing times and door buster deals. Sometimes your coveted item can only be bought during a certain time with limited quantity. Schedule your time accordingly in order to score these deals. Keep in mind that door busters are usually at an early hour so hopefully you kept thanksgiving leftovers for breakfast for an easy to-go option for the car ride.
Speaking of the car ride, avoid the highways and plan for alternate routes. Make use of the Thanksgiving fuel and park a bit farther in order to avoid the exit lines.
3. Frugal Tip: Use Discounted Gift Cards To Shop
This tip is completely genius – and we love it! After you plan your route and know what stores you’re going to hit, gear up with discounted gift cards at those retailers. If you know that you’re going to go to shop Best Buy Black Friday deals and snag a television and laptop, or hit Target for kids toys and home goods, get discounted gift cards for them. You can often find discounted gift cards at Costco or even online at Raise.com. I’ve picked up $100 gift cards for $89 – and when you get a few of these for larger purchases (like that TV and camera at Best Buy) you can save $60 right off the bat, on top of whatever savings and discount you’re going to get from the Black Friday sale. Shopping this way is truly smart and for the experienced frugal shopper.
4. Get Your Black Friday Funds In Order
Looking to make some extra cash this holiday and for your Black Friday shopping? Now is the time to purge those old items to make money and room for those Black Friday deals. Rummage through closets and storage spaces for seasonal items, electronics, and gently used toys that shoppers might be looking for during the holiday season. Provide black Friday type deals to locals who may be interested in your items in order to generate cash for your own purchases. If you post between now and November 12th, we’re giving away a $500 gift card for one lucky seller! So what are you waiting for? Start making that holiday shopping money today, and start posting.
5. Do It Online
You can shop in the comfort of your own home, as well. While you won’t be able to get any door buster deals, most major retailers start their online “Cyber Monday” on Black Friday – so there are plenty of good deals to snag. Heck, some retailers have already started their Cyber Monday deals, like Amazon with their Countdown to Black Friday deals – and, you know you can always find amazing deals on AdYoYo where every day is pretty much Black Friday. Cyber Monday deals are often just as good or even better than Black Friday deals, and they almost always come with free shipping as an added incentive. Charge your computer, pour some cocoa, and make room on your credit card. The ease of cyber Monday will allow you to save money on gas and your items will be delivered to your door. If you want more time to eat left over pumpkin pie, giftwrap options are also available during Cyber Monday.
6. Cyber Monday / Black Friday Hot Tip:
A lot of retailers are planning online specials at exactly midnight on Black Friday, so technically on Thanksgiving night. Khols, Target, Best Buy, and Walmart are all planning online-only deals at midnight on Black Friday, so keep an eye out for them. Be sure to also check out AdYoyo to see what Black Friday deals are posted to our app. We have a lot of hot deals expected to pop up on our app that day – and you surely won’t want to miss those deals!