Top Tips to Help you on Black Friday

November 13, 2012 | Posted By: Danielle Benoy | Categorized in: Black Friday
Believe it or not, there are only 10 days left till Black Friday! The party has already started here, at FatWallet.

We are making our lists and watching for the best deals. Maybe you are are an experienced Black Friday shopper who's planning the midnight shopping run or just a newbie unsure where to start? FatWallet is here to help. Start your planning, time is running out. Black Friday is coming and itís coming quick, so here are a few tips to help you save and survive this Black Friday.

  1. Make a Budget and Stick to it

    • Make a list of who youíre buying for and ideas of what you want to buy. Get the app to help track your gift ideas, purchases, and budgets for droids try the Christmas Gift List Planner and for iPhones Gift Plan.
    • Make a wish list with FatWallet Wish Lists, you can save links to the things you want and share it with others.
    • When making your Holiday budget, remember to add the cost of wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and holiday cards.
    • Cash in your piggy bank and all that loose change to add to your budget. You can also cash in rewards points from credit cards to save money on holiday travel, trade in for gift cards, or even get cash back.
  2. Stay Organized

    • Stay organized with a filing system, keep all your receipts, gift receipts, return shipping labels, etc. in one place.
    • Know the stores return policy before you buy to prevent any frustration later on. Also pay attention to any possible restocking or shipping fees that may be added on if you have to return.
    • Donít Forget to ask for gift receipts before they start ringing up your items and tape the gift receipts to the presents before you wrap them.
  3. Search for the Best Deals

    • Strategically shop for Free Shipping offers. You can use the free shipping to send your gifts straight to your out of town relatives. This will save you time and money on packaging and shipping, just remember to order ahead of time since free shipping offers usually take the longest to deliver.
    • Buyer Beware of Scarcity. Scarcity is the most used marketing technique on Black Friday with limited time deals. Just remember that the items that are the least available are the most desirable.
    • Use the Black Friday Deal Finder to help find the best deals this year. Also, check out the Black Friday page for all the ad leaks.
    • Check out the FatWallet Travel forum and FatWallet Travel Deals for the best deals on holiday travels
    • Subscribe to your local newspaper for the Sunday ads. This is a cheap way to get coupons and special offers.
  4. Make Your Plan

    • Team shopping, get your friends and family together. Divide your shopping lists up by stores and each person gets a store and all the shopping lists for that store.
    • Save time and price match. By shopping at stores that do price matching you will save money and time. But bring your flyers or ads for proof of prices.
    • Plan your shopping route based on your list and the store hours to prevent back-tracking and to get the most out of your time.
    • The early Bird gets the worm, donít oversleep and miss the doorbusters. Set up a personal wake up call at to make sure you wake up on time.
    • Plan ahead and buy for Birthdays, anniversaries, Motherís Day, and Fatherís Day get all your shopping done in one day.
  5. Be Ready for Anything

    • Donít shop on an empty stomach. A growling tummy will distract you from your strategic shopping. Plan your meal breaks to stay hydrated.
    • Dress for Success. Skip those stylish shoes and go for the comfy sneakers, youíll be on your feet all day. Also, dress in layers to accommodate any temperatures.
    • Shopping Survival Kit. youíll need to pack your ads for price-matching, a cell phone charger, band aids, snacks, pens, and of course donít forget your shopping list and youíll be ready for anything.

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