Black Friday may look a little different this year due to store closures and social distancing, but there are still some ways to make the most of it for now and for years to come. Black Friday deals offer arguably the best value of the year, but not all deals measure up. These tips will help you determine when to grab the must-haves and which “deals” to pass up for now.
General Back Friday Shopping Tips
Now more than ever, shipping, delivery, and good customer service play a part in a successful Black Friday haul. Businesses with direct response marketing call centers and virtual chats make it easy to contact if you run into trouble while shopping. For items you’re likely to buy once a year or less, you’ll probably find better discounts on Black Friday. Anything you’d buy as a gift will likely see better discounts on Cyber Monday.
Make a bit of a plan if you want to capitalize on your holiday savings this winter. You will want to start early if you have any deeply discounted big items. A good rule of thumb is to look for newer, more significant ticket items for Black Friday brick and mortar shopping. Then browse for smaller gadgets and tech deals online in time for Cyber Monday.
If you are a credit card reward member or know that your credit card is partnered with any of your favorite stores, it will likely be worth it to prioritize shopping at these stores first. That way, you get the deals and may even be eligible for extra rebates and cashback options.
Best Things to Lookout for on Black Friday
In 2018, the most discounted item on Black Friday was televisions. Overall, electronics are among the fastest-selling items because they are often the most heavily discounted item in any store. Smart TVs, Accessories, smartphones, tablets, and wireless headphones are just some of the things people will be hitting the stores early for. Although the sales will draw you in, don’t forget to do your research. Often retailers are just trying to clear their shelves and will highlight lower quality models with bigger discounts.
If you have been thinking about upgrading your kitchen in one way or another, black Friday is the perfect time to snag appliances and home goods at 40-50% off. You will likely find the best deals on coffee makers, kitchen mixers, blenders, air fryers, toasters, and other kitchen gadgets you didn’t even know you needed.
Clothing is one of the biggest retail industries year-round, so you can always expect impressive Black Friday sales from most of your favorite brands. Whether buying for yourself or hoping to check several family members off your list, Black Friday is the best time to stock up on new kicks. Designer handbags are an average of 35% off around Black Friday.
What Not to Buy on Black Friday
You may think “big-ticket items” would include furniture, but you will want to hold off in this case. Usually, furniture retailers won’t significantly mark down their indoor furniture until mid-summer when they do their best to clean house and make room for new pieces. By late November, outdoor seating and patio furniture sales are finished.
Contrary to popular belief, you may not actually find the best deals on toys on BFCM weekend. This will vary, but generally, if you can hold off until just a week or two before Christmas, price cuts will be deeper, and the selection may be bigger since Black Friday will have made room for new toys.
Most jewelry stores will be advertising can’t-miss Black Friday deals, but don’t be persuaded. The best discounts on fine jewelry are actually during the later summer months. Since these months are usually the slowest for jewelers, price reductions can reach up to 40%, and you won’t have to fight people off or wait in line in the stores.
Put off your exercise-equipment purchase until the next year. This is another big-ticket item that you won’t regret putting on ice until the new year. After all, everyone’s new year resolutions will have fitness stores touting significant equipment discounts in January.
No matter if you are making big plans to brave the in-store crowds or just looking to score the best doorbusters from home, the deals will likely be significant this year. Keep an eye on some of the best-predicted deals of the season so you can plan your route and beat the crowds.
This guest post was graciously written by make-up professional, Cassie Brewer. Cassie lives in Southern California and, in her free time, enjoys writing about her passion (make-up of course!) and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping others be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at cassiebrewer.weebly.com and follow her on twitter @Cassiembrewer