5 Tips to Shop Strategically, Not Erratically, on Black Friday

Black Friday gets a lot of bad rep, and deservedly so! Americans do tend to overspend on Black Friday with as many as 60% of Americans saying they will overspend their budget if they find a good deal.

Now, I DO NOT recommend spending more than your budget allows, and I do not endorse spending or shopping as a form of entertainment. I also urge you all to remember that a deal is not a deal if you can’t afford it.

That being said, you can shop on Black Friday and take advantage of Black Friday deals by shopping strategically.

Make a plan of action and stick to it.

1. Stock up on Toys for Birthdays

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My kids get invited to a lot of birthday parties. I keep an eye out for cheap toys that will make good gifts. If I see something under $5, I buy a few. Not only does it save me money, but I don’t have the stress of buying a gift at the last minute.

2. Take Advantage of Free Shipping

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Many stores offer free shipping, so you can get what you want without having to pay for shipping. Shopping online instead of going into a store has the added benefit of helping reduce impulse purchases.

3. Stick To Your Gift List and Get What You Need

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Write down WHO you are getting gifts for and HOW much you want to spend. Find deals for each person that is on or below budget. It can be a fun game: can you get a good gift for everyone on your list by spending even LESS money than you planned?

4. Check the Return Policy

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Make sure you only purchase items that have a good return policy (unless you are absolutely sure you want the item). That way, if you have buyer’s remorse, you can return it later.

5. Don’t Impulse Buy

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It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of Black Friday and buy things you don’t really need. Take a deep breath and think about whether you really need the item before you buy it.

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Hi! I am a millennial mom with a passion for personal finance. I have always been “into” personal finance but got inspired to start my blog after a period of extended unemployment. That experience really changed the way I viewed my relationship with money and the importance of accessible personal finance education.