How do you get the best deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday: it’s easy, just do your homework. Doing a little prep work by researching online can save you time and money!
While some of you might feel like pulling the covers up over your heads because a heavy day of shopping is the last thing you feel like doing after spending all day in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, others will be out of bed before the sun comes up, equipped with a credit card that’s ready for a heavy workout. Here are five ways to make Black Friday and Cyber Monday easier, whether you’re a seasoned shopper or just looking for a couple of bargains.
1. Check out the websites specially dedicated to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and steals. Go to Twitter and type in the search words Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and check out these sites BlackFriday.info, BlackFridayAds, Gottadeal.com, CyberMonday.com and CyberMondayCentral. You can browse by category or store and some of the sites allow you to sign up for email updates, so you know when the latest ads and deals are posted.
2. Follow your favorite stores on Twitter and Facebook and sign up for email updates on the stores’ websites. They offer exclusive discounts and coupons and you’ll find out first about great offers.
3. Use your phone. For your Android phone, PC World recommends the following apps: Black Friday App, The Coupons App and Shop Savvy (a barcode scanner that will give you a handy list of online and local prices). For iPhone users, WalletPop suggests downloading these apps in addition to apps for your fave stores: Black Friday App, Shooger and Mall Maps Mobile (so that you can navigate your way quickly through the crowds!).
5. Price match at stores. If you see an ad for an item at a store that’s not exactly located close to your home, print it out and take it to a similar retailer nearest you and ask them to price match. This works best with big ticket items. If they say no, you can still drive to the other store, or order it online. But make sure that the price difference is really worth the effort.
And finally, if you are heading out on Black Friday (rather than shopping online on Cyber Monday), here’s some advice: Wear comfortable shoes, take a backpack or shopping bag that’s on rollers, avoid carrying a bulky coat unless you absolutely have to, don’t tote a heavy handbag, try to leave the kids at home with your partner or relatives, and most importantly, try to enjoy yourself. Just keep chanting the same two words: Retail therapy!