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I have always loved black Friday. Not sure why. It’s not even so much the shopping but it just gets me in the holiday mood! This black Friday I will have a little tiny shopping buddy laying next to me while I do all the online shopping! With a new baby and a toddler, we are all about the savings so I wanted to share my go-to black Friday savings hacks!
Black Friday Savings Hacks
- Do your research: Figure out what you want and where the best deals are. For me this usually means scouting the websites I frequent and making a list. Most likely the websites and stores will have a catalog of items that will be on sale on black Friday.
- Compare: Say you find a coffee maker you really want. It’s on sale for $50 off on black Friday, but at another store it’s $60 off. ALWAYS compare. Unless it’s an item that’s ONLY sold in one store.
- Use a service like Rakuten for cashback: One reason I try to ONLY shop online is to get cashback. I could kick myself for the years I didn’t do this. Rakuten (formally Ebates) is a great place to get cashback. I mean you literally sign up for an account and get cashback when you shop. No gimmick! That’s money you can put towards holiday spending or even extra money you can use to pay down debt!
- Use price checks for other stores if shopping in-store: I almost always check Amazon, Kohls, and Walmarts prices when shopping places. When we were getting a few of the last baby items we needed we found cheaper prices several places and the place we registered for price-matched. MOST stores will price match! So have a few of the store apps ready to check common product prices.
- Have coupons/discount codes ready: This is going to sound VERY nerdy but I always make a list in google docs of discount codes/coupon codes for big shopping days. Usually, these codes come out a week or a few days before and they will send you an email (more on that below).
- Abandon your online shopping cart: This works all year not just for black Friday but did you know that a ton of stores will email you a discount code if you add stuff to your cart then close your browser and abandon it. This is mostly smaller stores but worth a shot!
- If you know you want a certain store’s discount, sign up for their emails a week or two before: I know I know it’s annoying to get store emails. So here’s what you do. Create a throwaway e-mail address and sign up for all the stores you like. That way you have the discount codes but none of the annoyance. But make sure to read this post about scams to avoid during holiday shopping.
- Divide and conquer: If you MUST go to stores maybe divide a few up with a friend and each check out the sales, deals, etc. You can get what the other person needs and save time.
- Go for big-ticket items first: I think this is pretty obvious but the $10 sweater will probably be in stock longer than the espresso maker that’s half off. Get your big-ticket items first because that’s where you are saving the most money!
- Stock up for future gifts: This is SUCH a great time to stock up your gift closet. I love to keep candles, blankets, little gifts on hand for when we get a last-minute invite or I just blanked on a gift or hostess gift.
- Skip the stores, shop online: I hate shopping in-store on a regular day, so black Friday hard pass. Shop online. Honestly, for most things you get the exact same discount. Want that candle from Anthropologie at 20% off yep online and in stores. Skip the parking, skip the stores. You are more likely to spend more shopping in stores than online!
- For fun calculate your savings: This is the best part. When you are all done take everything you got and calculate what you saved. Then put that money towards a big debt or savings! I love to take that chunk and put it towards debt. I love this post from Lexington Law about how to make sure your credit doesn’t drop during the holidays. A great way to make sure your credit isn’t dropping is to use Lexington Law’s services and get your credit in order BEFORE the holidays! I always suggest contacting them and doing a free consult just to see what your options are!
What are you planning to buy on Black Friday? Do you have any black Friday savings hacks?