Black Friday is around the corner: On Nov. 29, thousands of retailers will slash prices on many gaming and tech products, so it’s the perfect time to buy that Xbox Console, Amazon Echo, or other gadget for you or someone else on your list.
If the thought of going to a store or browsing online for hours stresses you out, don’t worry—we break down some helpful tips below on how to save time and money on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
Here are the best ways to take advantage of Black Friday deals without putting a dent in your wallet or busy holiday schedule.
Create a Budget Spreadsheet
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for everything else besides your paycheck. But, you can prevent financial hiccups by making a budget spreadsheet. By mapping out how much you can spend, you can easily modify what you’re giving to everyone, whether it’s headphones or a Nintendo Switch. And, having a list allows you to keep track of how much money is going to gift exchanges and Secret Santas, so you can pay your other bills on time.
Come Up With a Black Friday Plan
Let’s get real: Black Friday can be chaotic. You may encounter traffic, long lines, and sometimes people aren’t always in the holiday spirit when they’re hangry and rushing around the store to grab electronics. Taking the time to plan your Black Friday agenda is a must before the big day. Figure out which stores you would like to visit (or allot time to online) will ease the stress of buying what you need. From there, determine when they will be open or closed, so you have time to grab some food and take bathroom breaks.
Sign Up for Newsletters
Receiving an “XYZ” promotional email on a regular basis can be annoying, but it may be very resourceful if you’re trying to save money on Black Friday items. Our sister site PCMag.com notes that many stores announce their Black Friday sales and other exclusive deals via email. Pro tip: If you don’t want to deal with your inbox blowing up over the next few weeks, make a separate email address instead for all the stores and online retailers you love.
Follow Retailers on Social Media
Social media is your secret Black Friday weapon: From now until Nov. 29, many popular retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart will be posting up a storm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There, you may find announcements about really sweet items going on sale, from smart TVs to speakers and everything in between.
Get an Early Start
Regardless of how you do Black Friday, starting early is important. For stores, plan to get there at least a half hour before opening times, so you can find a good parking spot and not be stuck in line for too long. If you’re shopping on a laptop, tablet, or phone instead, make sure you’re refreshing your browser and have all websites ready to go. Plus, it also helps to have pages open for particular gaming and tech devices, so you can instantly add them to your cart and check out.
For more deals, including all of the latest Black Friday announcements, check out our sister site, BestBlackFriday.com.
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