Tips for Getting the Most Out of Black Friday

November 17, 2022


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Black Friday is a day that has become synonymous with the start of the Christmas shopping season, and for good reason. It’s an exciting time to be a consumer, as you get to take advantage of incredible deals on electronics, clothing, and more!

It is undoubtedly a great day for shopping, but it can be stressful if you don't know what to expect or how to prepare. Here are some tips that will help make your Black Friday experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible:

Look for the Best Deals Early

If you want to take advantage of the best Black Friday deals, it’s important that you start looking for them early. If you have your eye on a particular item or set of items, check out stores like Amazon and Best Buy to see if they have them available online. It doesn't cost any extra money or time to shop online, so this is a great way of ensuring that you don't miss out on any great deals!

Use Loyalty Programs

If you’re a member of a store’s loyalty program, take advantage of it! Many stores offer special deals to their regular customers, so if you know that you shop at a particular store often, make sure to join their loyalty program and start earning rewards points.

Take Advantage of Cashback

Cashback websites like Rakuten and Mr. Rebates are great tools for saving money on Black Friday shopping. You can sign up for free, and then shop normally at the stores you usually visit (Amazon, Best Buy, etc.). Once you have made your purchase through these sites, they will credit your account with a percentage of what you spent—usually in the form of points that can be redeemed for cash or gift cards!

Set a Budget and Stick to It

When you're shopping during Black Friday, it's easy to get caught up in all the excitement and forget your original purpose: finding a good deal on something you need. Resist the urge to go overboard on sales and special offers. Set a budget before you go shopping, and stick to it!

Make a Plan Before You Go and Shop

Do you need to buy a gift for someone who has everything? Will you be buying toys for your kids or grandchildren? If so, how much will it cost and what's your budget? These are important questions that need answers before you head out the door. This will help you avoid buying something on impulse that you don't need and can't afford.

In addition, make a list of everyone you need to buy for and stick with it. Don't wander around the store looking for things that will catch your eye.

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Know the Store's Return Policy Before You Buy

As you shop, be sure to look over the store's return policy. Every store has different rules about what they'll accept and when. Some stores won't take returns without a receipt, some won't allow refunds for electronics, and others will only accept them within 30 days of purchase.

Shop With a List

Shopping with a list is another great way to avoid unnecessary spending. It prevents you from impulse buying and overspending on items that you don't need. When you're in the store, it can be hard not to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Black Friday shopping and start picking out things that look good but aren't on your list.

Stick to the List, Too

It's easy to get distracted during Black Friday, especially since so many people are buying things that they don't need. It's tempting to go against your list and buy something based on impulse—but don't let yourself do it. Instead, stick to the plan you created before Black Friday and only purchase items from the list. Don't deviate from it even if you have an opportunity for a good deal on something else while out at the store or online.

Be Prepared for Crowds

It's a smart idea to be prepared for crowds because you will encounter them. In fact, it's a good idea to expect the worst and hope for the best.

Before you leave home, make sure you've got your list in hand and all of your coupons organized by store. If you're shopping online, use this time-saving tip: Make sure you have multiple tabs open so that when one website crashes due to high traffic volume or doesn't load properly on your desktop or mobile device it won't take down all of your e-shopping tabs at once. Also, note that Black Friday hours are generally much longer than regular business hours usually 8 am-10 pm, so check store websites before heading out into the fray!

Be Patient but Firm as You Shop and Check Out

Don't be afraid to speak up.

Don't let others push you around in the crowds of people. You have a right to get the shopping done that you need to do, and if someone is rude or tries to push into your space, don't back down! Say something like: "Excuse me." Or "No, thank you." If someone won't stop following or talking to you after being asked politely then it's time for management's attention.

Don't Buy on Impulse

Instead of thinking about how much money you'll save by buying something on sale, think about what the item would look like in your home and how often it would get used before reaching for your credit card. The best way to stay on budget during Black Friday is to make sure that everything on your list has its place in both style and budget before heading out into the wild world of Black Friday sales!


We’ve given you some tips on how to get the most out of Black Friday, but remember that this is just a starting point. You’ll still have to keep your wits about you and do what feels right for you. This is all about having fun and shopping smartly—because, at the end of the day, it’s only stuff. And if someone does try to push their way through the crowd or cut in line ahead of you? Just smile and be patient!

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