Black Friday: 5 tips to skip the crowds and shop online
The thrill of in-store shopping on Black Friday can get tiring in a hurry. Waiting in line for hours, hustling through aisles and having to maneuver through parking lots doesn’t exactly sound like fun.
Frugal living expert Lauren Greutman put together ‘The Unconventional Guide to Black Friday Shopping” that appears in U.S. News this week. If you do some research ahead of time and have a set plan in place, you can enjoy huge savings without needing to leave the house.
Check out these online shopping tips on Black Friday:
1. Look through leaked Black Friday ads:
Many top retailers have already leaked some of their Black Friday ads, including Best Buy and Kohl’s. Knowing which store has what you need will save you tons of time and prevent you from that costly impulse buy. Check out our Black Friday Deals Roundup for a gathering of the best deals and links to ads.
2. See what pre-Black Friday deals are already worth shopping:
Even if you decide to shop online during Black Friday, there’s a good chance you will have to put family time on hold for a few hours. Stores like QVC and Office Depot are currently hosting pre-Black Friday deals that are perfect if you want your shopping kept to a minimum the day after Thanksgiving.
3. Create your list ahead of time with budget included:
Don’t let the allure of Black Friday suck you into making silly purchases. If shopping online, create a list of items you need with accompanying store websites and prices. You can even put yourself on a time limit so you avoid going over your budget.
4. Earn Cash Back on your holiday purchases:
ShopAtHome.com will be offering three times Cash Back during their Black Friday campaign from November 26-28. Put more money back in your pocket when you buy items you already need!
5. Finish your shopping early and then be done:
Pour yourself a cup of coffee Friday morning and get as much done of your holiday shopping as possible. Then relax and enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend!