Hello! Can you believe it’s finally Thanksgiving week? I say finally because I have felt like Thanksgiving has been a long time coming this year. Probably because it has been – this year, Thanksgiving falls on the latest possible day that it could. I mean, we’re already less than one month out from Christmas!
Thanksgiving means that Black Friday is coming too, and if you read my post last year, you’ll know that I do love to do some Black Friday shopping. It’s not something I did until recent years – essentially, I always felt it was a way to unnecessarily spend more money. Well, I guess that could be the case for some shoppers, but I found out that for me personally, and for anyone else who prepares beforehand, I was wrong. Black Friday is a way to save more money, especially when it comes to Christmas shopping. Why not purchase some or even all of your gifts on the one day of the year that they are supposed to be the least expensive?
I have found some great deals on Black Friday, and usually prevented myself from any impulse buying at the sight of a crazy bargain. Here are my three tips to steel yourself away from a shopping spree and towards a thrifty and successful black Friday:
- Make A List – and check it twice 😉 This is so key, and kind of a no-brainer. If you decide to embark on the mall “hoping” you’ll find some good gifts, you’re either not going to find them or you’re going to find them but also a whole lot more. Lists are a very healthy way to limit your options.
2. Read The Ads. Yes, they’re out there now for a reason! I used to think Black Friday ads were annoying, and maybe they are still a little bit, but they’re an easy way to help you find out what deals will be taking place this weekend even before you go out. Thanks to ads, you can know if a store has what you want on sale and even what the exact discounted price will be.
3. Shop Online As Much As You Can. The beauty of Black Friday shopping in 2019 is that, instead of getting up and hauling out the door at the crack of dawn, you can shop from the comfort of your warm bed. Many or even most of the deals will be available online too, and you don’t have to brave the crowds. The exception to this would be some of the doorbusters – if you want that TV at Best Buy, you’re going to have to go out after it.