Thrilling. That’s the word that comes to mind for me when I think about Black Friday. For some reason, it is just so fun to me to wake up at three or four in the morning, dress up cute, meet up with friends, grab coffees and shop for a long time. I actually hate shopping – except on Black Friday.
Aside from the incredible deals you get everywhere, and the armfuls of bags stuffed with clothes you return home with…there is something so festive and communal in the air – I love it!
With all of these tempting deals surrounding you, it’s easy to drop a lot more money than you ever intended. Let’s be honest: did you really need 50 foam soaps from Bath and Body Works? (they get me everytime, I swear).
This year, shop smart on Black Friday by using these six tips to save yourself money. Comment down below any tips you have, or where you plan on shopping this year!
Tip #1: Set a budget. Before heading out, make yourself a reasonable budget. Draw the money out of an ATM, and bring only cash with you, and leave your cards at home. Remember, this is Black Friday so if you only budget yourself $50, you will probably be disappointed and end up returning home to get your credit card.
Tip #2: Do your research. Find out what the fall trends are, and what kind of clothes you may be looking for. These kinds of clothes will be posted at the entrance of the store, but try hitting the sales rack to see if you can find similar pieces for much cheaper.
Tip #3: Research some more. Figure out which stores you will be hitting, and research for additional coupons, special offers or try to see when the peak times are so you can beat the crowd.
Tip #4: Be prepared. We’ve all been there. The hour long wait in line at Victoria’s Secret that remains constant from the second the store opens to the moment it closes. Be prepared for the wait by bringing a bottle of water and a snack such as peanuts or a granola bar to keep you satiated.
Tip #5: Receipts. Make sure you get receipts from EVERY purchase. Think about it: you’re bargain/splurge shopping at like 3 a.m.…you’ll probably make a stupid purchase and end up wanting to return it.
Tip #6: Two birds with one stone. When I go Black Friday shopping, I incorporate a little extra money into my budget, but also bring a list of what I’m buying other people for Christmas. Why not get some deals on Christmas gifts and save yourself some more cash next month?