Growing up, Black Friday was treated almost like a sport in my family. We would wake up early, bundle up and hit the stores when they opened at 5 am. We had a plan, lists, coupons and we were on a mission to save. My mom, sister and I would shop until we dropped and then head home and unpack all of our savings. We had lots of laughs, got great deals and kicked off our holiday season with some fabulous shopping. Over the years I’ve discovered shopping tips for savings success. Here are my suggestions and strategy for Black Friday shopping success.
Black Friday Shopping Tips For Savings Success
If you are going to be waiting outside for your favorite store to open at 5 am, you are going to need take a nap the day before. Let your full belly of delicious Thanksgiving dinner lull you into a lovely slumber as you rest up for Black Friday.
Make a List
Make a list of everyone you are shopping for. Family, extended family, co-workers, teachers, mail carrier and maybe consider anyone whose services you use regularly. Make a complete list so you don’t forget anyone and have regrets later when you may have let a good deal go by.
Set A Budget Per Person
Your kids and your mother will probably receive a higher budget line item on your list versus the mail carrier. I have done a tiered budget system. Family is top tier, extended family is second tier, close friends are third tier, teachers are fourth tier and everyone else is fifth tier. The majority of the budget goes to the top tier, family. By the time my budget gets to the fifth tier, I have about $5 per person to spend. BUT I did budget for them so they are going to get a gift.
Raid the bottom of your purse and the junk drawer for those gift cards you got for the holiday last year and for your birthday that you have been saving for a ‘special occasion’. Use them to offset the cost of your Black Friday purchases. Also some cards have a designated time to use the amount on the card or a fee or deduction is taken. Watch out for those cards and use them first. If you have a restaurant card, be sure to grab it and have a rest and recharge time mid day.
Download the Flipp app
Available for android and apple devices. Flipp is the free shopping app that helps you compare deals in your local area! It’s my go-to when pre-gaming my plan for Black Friday – especially since it has all of the flyers conveniently in one place. If you first want to browse the flyers to learn what items will be on sale, you can do that AND tap any particular item you come across to add directly to the digital Shopping List right in the app. Your favorite items that you select from Black Friday flyers are organized in your Shopping List so you are able to easily remember what you are picking up.
Looking for the BEST deals with the highest percentage off in each store? Once in your favorite Black Friday flyer, use the ‘deal finder’ icon, (it is a price tag) to highlight what deals are at the highest percentage off. Never miss a great deal because you overlooked something.
Or as I like to call it, divide and concur. If there are multiple doorbuster deals in a store, take a friend to go in the opposite direction as you both scoop up the deals. Don’t forget to sync you Flipp shopping lists so you are sure you got everything you came for.
Take A Snack
I am not kidding! Pack something with protein in it to curb hunger and a bottle of water to hydrate you. You don’t know how long you are going to be standing in line and the last thing you need is to be fainting on the floor. I can’t tell you how many times I have pulled out a package of fruit gummies and passed them to a mom of a screaming toddler. Everyone around us was thankful.
Be nice to your fellow shoppers and be extra nice to the staff who is working Black Friday. Don’t fight. Don’t push. Don’t be rude. I don’t care how much you are saving on a certain item, losing your dignity or making a scene is never worth the savings. Spread kindness.
At times the Black Friday deal is ‘free with rebate’. Before purchasing the product, browse the existing rebate coupons on Flipp, be sure to verify / scan your items at the store to make sure the rebate can be applied to the specific item selected. After you purchase, tap on “redeem rebates” in Flipp, select the coupon you’re trying to redeem and upload your receipt. Once your coupons is processed and approved, you can cash out at any time via PayPal.
Count Your Savings
Once home, pull out your receipts and double check your list to be sure you have purchased something for everyone on your shopping list. Check your receipts and add up your savings. Enjoy the savings of Black Friday.
Be sure to download the Flipp app to your smart phone for Black Friday shopping success.