It’s that time of year again when turkey meets gut, pie meets butt and your wallet takes a cut.
While Black Friday originates back to the 19th century, you might associate it with a start to Christmas shopping or a time to grab a well deserved gift for yourself.
The truth is, 133.7 million Americans (2014) are doing the same thing.
But there’s more to Black Friday than great deals.
Blackfridaydeathcount.com recorded 7 deaths and 98 injuries since 2006.
That’s 105 too many.
It’s not about beating hundreds of people in line to get the best deals. It’s about keeping your family safe, warm and happy while still getting incomparable savings.
Today, I’m going to share with you how to find Black Friday deals without paying more, waiting in line or risking your life for a 20% discount on a curved TV. It’s no secret that I’m going to tell you to shop online.
But the key ingredient is doing it the smart way. Let me show you how.
Let others find deals for you
My husband spends a lot of time deal hunting. In fact, he turned his hobby into a business selling his hot finds on eBay and Amazon. But he doesn’t spend hours sifting through every newsletter.
He let’s others find great deals, and then jumps on the bandwagon. The best way to find Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are to find out where people are talking about them. Without a doubt, the best starting point is Slickdeal’s hot deals forum.
Whether you’re shopping for TVs, cell phones or home items, people all across the United States are sharing their latest and best finds. According to Alexa, the Slickdeals community is the 75th most visited site with millions of active users sharing deals.
This website is great for people where price comes before brand or the patient buyers who are willing to wait for their best buying options.
Become a flyer power skimmer
Almost all major online retailers have a weekly flyer. You can usually find it somewhere in the menu bar as seen on Walmart and Target’s websites.
After entering your zip code, you’ll have the option to choose the flyer of your choice. Here’s how you can get the most out of these flyers:
- Skim through the items until you find something that’s a great deal.
- Click on the item and go to the product page.
- Save the URL in an excel sheet or in your bookmarks.
Different websites update their prices at different times. Best Buy for example, changes their new prices for weekly ads on Friday at midnight (PST). If it’s a deal worth waking up for, set your alarm and get ready to buy.
Waking up in the wee hours of the morning might not be your ideal evening, but it sure beats waiting in line overnight out in the cold.
Flipp is by far my favorite shopping app. The app compares prices from various stores using technology and store flyers. This is a great choice for those who already know exactly what they want to buy.
Here’s how it works:
- Download the app from the iTunes store or Google Play store.
- Search for the product you want to buy.
- Touch the item to “clip” it to your digital board.
Flipp is 100% free to use and is also a handy tool to have for grocery shopping. Take a look at Flipp’s latest promo video of their app.
Great savings are at home
All of these online shopping tips are applicable beyond Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a great way you can save money on items you plan to purchase.
If you’re like me, the thrill of waiting outside a store in a lawn chair is no thrill at all. It seems to be something younger teenagers and college students gravitate to. After all, it’s a fun story to tell your friends.
Online shopping is expected to grow 10% through 2015 as shoppers spend more time online. Now what about you?
Do you shop more online or in retail stores?