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More Bang For Your Black Friday Buck

More Bang For Your Black Friday Buck

As Black Friday approaches many of us are gearing up to find the deepest discounts to complete our holiday shopping.  The Friday after Thanksgiving has long been known as the biggest shopping day out of the year.  To encourage even more sales many stores promote special sales on this day. 

Since it is important now more than ever to be mindful of how much we spend this season, CNN has put together some tips on ways we can do our holiday shopping without breaking the bank

One useful idea presented in the article is to “take a lap” before making a purchase you are unsure of.  If you are not certain you’re getting the best deal for your money, take a walk or grab some lunch for a half hour to think it over.  Doing this will allow you to avoid making an impulse purchase.  If you are afraid the item will be gone when you return you can always put it on hold at the register.

Another tip is to compare store prices with internet deals.  You can often find the exact same item you wanted to purchase at the store for a much lower price on the internet.  There are a lot of websites that offer free shipping and free returns, so be sure to do your research before making the final decision.

The article also offers a little known tip to consumers: discounts are sometimes given when you pay with cash.  Since merchants often have to pay a fee for every time a customer uses their credit card, some store are offering a discounted price for people who pay in cash.  Places like gas stations, spas, and small boutiques are more apt to offer this discount, so be sure to inquire before you buy. 

For a complete list of CNN’s holiday shopping tips you can visit:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/11/12/rs.shop.smart/index.html

What do you think of the holiday shopping tips listed above?

Will you be venturing out for deals this Black Friday?

 

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  • jessicamac By jessicamac
    11.27.08  

    I love the "take a lap" idea. I find that there is that momentary excitement for an item and when I leave and come back to it, its often not that compelling! This trick has saved me money and grief!

  • pennsgal By pennsgal
    11.27.08  

    Going out to shop on Black Friday? No Way! I am a former member of the retail family, i started as a pt sales clerk and worked my way up to management. During those yeras, I was at work from Thanksgiving to the 2nd week of Jan 6 days a week and going shopping on my day off was unthought of. I got in the habit of buying things throughout the year that were on sale, while appliying my employee discount and by the time the holidya rolled around, I was done. Fortunately that habit stayed with me even tho my retail years are far behind me. I no longer get an employee discount, but I don't have the stress of the holiday shopping mess either. The older I get the more I hate the holiday shopping madness. If I feel particularly filled with holiday spirit and choose to shop, I know I don't have the pressures to HAVE to buy anything, I'm just there for the spirit or for a few extra stocking stuffers.

  • am_i_lost By am_i_lost
    11.28.08  

    I love a bargin!! But not enough to fight the crowds on Black Friday!!! LOL...!!! Besides there will be just as good sales coming up before Christmas.

  • MaurChclt By MaurChclt
    11.29.08  

    I did go out for somthing that was on my daughter's baby registry, I'm going to be a grandma in February! Babys R Us had an item for $30 off so I grabbed it. Certainly DID not go at 5AM. I was able to show her registry to a store employee and she said nothing else was on sale and then she handed me a bunch of coupons good for next week and told me to come back and shop then. So that's my shopping strategy.

  • LongStoryShort By LongStoryShort
    11.29.08  

    The "take a lap" idea is a good one. I put a digital camera into my cart on an impulse because it was such a "good deal." After thinking about it, I couldn't think of a single person to give the camera to, and I certainly don't need to be buying myself something, so back on the shelf it went!

  • AlwaysForMe By AlwaysForMe
    12.01.08  

    Most of the in-store sales are available online - you don't have to wake up at 5am, sit in parking lot traffic, deal with crazed shoppers and get to shop in your PJs... what can beat that??

  • jkorman By jkorman
    12.01.08  

    Was it just me or were the deals not so great this year? I had to take a pass. It just wasn't worth the energy.

  • Salemsw By Salemsw
    12.03.08  

    I did not go out this year for Black friday -- I did not think the deals where that great-- I thought the better deals where the week prior thanksgving..

  • ladylisette By ladylisette
    12.03.08  

    At our house going through the sales flyers after Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition. We set aside ads with something we like and make a note in a small notebook. Then the strategy session begins. Generally we avoid the big box stores that day, too crowded. But the smaller stores also have great bargains and are fast and easy to run in and out of quickly. We hit 8 stores in under 3 hours and didn't get up before dawn to do it either.

  • sazm42 By sazm42
    12.03.08  

    shopping for Christmas, things don't always have to be new!!! used children's toys at garage sales are alot cheaper and generally in good condition, altho i would hesitate over any electronics unless they, too, were inexpensive and worth the risk. my son is into the solar system and i just ordered 6 used books through amazon that will cost me $32. i only buy books that i know the kids will reread over and over, otherwise we check them out from the library. he's excited that he'll get them for Christmas and doesn't care that they'll be used!!

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