5 Insider Secrets for Black Friday Shopping

5 Insider Secrets for Black Friday Shopping

5 Insider Secrets for Black Friday Shopping

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by MoneySavingQueen.com

MoneySavingQueen

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 3:00 AM

 

So you want to ROCK Black Friday? Great! We do too! Whether you're one of the brave shoppers who will take on the masses or would rather stay in your pajamas and score your deals online, we have some Black Friday secrets that will land you the BEST deal guaranteed.

{5 Black Friday Shopping Secrets}

 

1. Know Your Prices: What?!!? You mean to tell me Black Friday prices are NOT the lowest prices of the year? That's right. In fact, most retailers pay a ton of money to make it look like those are the lowest prices of the year but they're not. How is one supposed to know this? By doing your research ahead of time. Check out websites like PriceGrabber.com or Google.com/shopping.  Double check the price of that TV before you buy it so you are not duped by Black Friday marketing.

2. Know Your Times: It is SO important that you check the times for your deals (including days!) since Black Friday seems to be becoming Black Thursday and Black Wednesday Night. Simply keep a close eye out for the leaked ads or check your local newspaper to verify. There's nothing worse than showing up at 4am for a HOT doorbuster only to find out the doorbuster deal was on Thursday.

3. Grab Yo' Coupons: Get those great deals on Black Friday and make them even better with coupons. Call the store directly, sign up for e-mail alerts and check them out on Facebook for coupons that are valid throughout Black Friday. The same goes for online coupon codes. If you're shopping Black Friday online, be sure to search RetailMeNot.com for a coupon code before you checkout.

4. Give Price Matching a Try: You might...just might...be able to score all of those deals at one place. Check out our Price Matching for Retail Stores post for all of those holiday price matching policies. Everyone knows Walmart will price match but actually many more stores have jumped onto that bandwagon such as Target, Best Buy & Staples. Can you imagine only hitting one store on Black Friday? Sounds like a plan!

5. Price Adjusting Policies: Perhaps one of the most exciting secrets when it comes to Black Friday...many stores offer Price Adjustment Policies. This means, if you buy your item full price and then the next day it goes on sale, you can bring your receipt back to the store and get the difference back. SO... if you check out the leaked ads and buy your items (that you know will go on sale) a couple of days early THEN you head straight to customer service on Black Friday, you will get a price adjustment if your store allows. Seriously!

Now, price adjusting varies by store and some stores (like Best Buy) do not even open customer service on Black Friday. Call ahead and see if they have such a policy before you bank on it.

Amazon does hold a big toy sale the first two weeks of December and buying a TV is best around Super bowl season and not on Black Friday. Keep an eye out on those doorbuster deals too, most of the time, they are cheap models that you don't want anyway.

Happy savings!

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