Black Friday Shopping Strategy: How to save the most shopping the sales online
Just picture it: It’s the morning after Thanksgiving. You slip on your bunny slippers, tiptoe into the kitchen for a second (or third) helping of pumpkin pie, cozy up near the fireplace and, countdown with us, three, two, one … start shopping for those Black Friday deals.
One of the best things about Black Friday? You don’t actually have to venture out and brave the brick-and-mortar masses to save serious money.
That’s right: No camping on cold concrete, waiting for stores to open their doors. No missing round two of the meal being passed around at the table because you had to hightail it from the feast to the mall. And, of course, no boxing out other customers or throwing elbows in order to get a favorable stance for that $10 appliance. (Hunger Games battle or Black Friday shopping? Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference.)
For those who prefer to keep their sanity, their fingers from frostbite and their pie close at hand, Black Friday is a day to let the deals come to you. Of course, you still need a game plan.
Study up on the sale circulars. Many top retailers have already released their Black Friday doorbusters and deals, most of which will be available online before store doors even open. Be sure to search for your favorite stores before Thanksgiving to see when their deals kick off. Or simply check out our roundup of the biggest Black Friday merchants (yep, we already did the work for you).
Piggyback on credit card rewards. Stack your credit card rewards with Cash Back to double your rebates. Crafty right? Some credit card companies have rotating categories and are offering extra rewards or Cash Back perks for online shopping during the holiday season, too. (Tip: Make sure you’re enrolled in your credit card’s bonus programs before you start shopping.)
Sign up to get emails from your fave stores: If you have Gmail, your mailbox will intercept store offers and file them in your “promotions” tab. Other email users can set up a folder in their email and file away store promotions and deal alerts that pop up in their inboxes. Lots of stores will send you an email when they are having a “flash sale” online that lasts only for a day or two. Bonus points for following stores you love on social media outlets so you can see sale updates in your feeds.