Black Friday Shopping Tips

Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year, is always the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday 2018 falls on Friday, Nov. 23. Although Black Friday is technically the Friday after Thanksgiving, many of the deals actually start on Thanksgiving Day, which, of course, is on a Thursday.

According to the Better Business Bureau, last year consumers spent over $5 billion on Black Friday. 33 percent of Americans plan to shop on Thanksgiving night. 73 percent are willing to wait in lines. 18 percent are willing to travel 2.5 hours to get a good deal.

Experts say Black Friday offers the best deals on electronics like TVs, laptops, speakers, headphones and appliances. Some experts even recommend waiting a little bit closer to Christmas for great deal on apparel.

Here are some tips to get you the best Black Friday deals available —

Do your research in advance.

Make a list and more importantly, a PLAN.

Get out early to take advantage of doorbuster deals.

Follow you favorite retailers on social media and sign up for notifications of deals and steals.

Shop with a crew to divide and conquer.

Track prices and promotions.

Make sure you know each store’s return policy.

Search for sale leaks from retailers.

Add items to your shopping cart at least a day in advance. Sleep on it. Retailers may send you a coupon or promo code to get you to checkout.

Wear comfy shoes.

Make sure your phone is fully charged and bring your charger.

Always ask for a gift receipt.

Good luck and HAPPY SHOPPING!


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