This Friday marks Black Friday, which means the official start of Christmas shopping season will soon be upon us! This post-Thanksgiving event is a day in which you can clean up with great deals at retailers of all kinds. From big box stores to smaller shops, you can find great bargains almost everywhere. However, it can be a stressful experience, both for your brain and for your pocketbook.
Before embarking on your holiday shopping journey, it’s important to make a plan to prevent overspending, and to ensure you’re choosing the perfect gifts for your friends and family. Here are a few of our tips on how to have a successful Black Friday – and a positive shopping experience overall.
- Prepare yourself by researching good deals. You may read about a killer deal at a department store for a laptop at more than half the retail price. But there are important factors to consider before you get in line early in the morning. What brand are they selling? How many are they keeping in stock? Do you have to get in line early for a redeem ticket? These questions and many more are ones you’ll want to ask yourself before committing to a purchase, especially a popular one.
- Create a personal spending limit. This is easily the most important item on this list. Before you go, take into account the money you have and your preferred spending limit. While shopping, you can use Polam’s mobile app to keep track of your transactions in real time, so you don’t go over budget.
- Don’t buy something just because it’s on sale. You may see a deal for a set of speakers at a bargain price. While you may be tempted to snag this deal, consider whether you think it would make a good gift, or whether you’d use it yourself. Don’t fall for a good sales deal just for the sake of it – make sure it’s worth it.
- Consider off-the-beaten-path shopping options. There are a number of reasons to not buy into the Black Friday hype – long lines, overwhelming crowds, no guarantee that items will still be in stock. Stores like Marshalls, Big Lots, and TJ Maxx also offer good sales all season long. Also, Cyber Monday after Thanksgiving is a great way to shop, with online retailers providing countless deals on all sorts of items.