I have a very simple trick for saving money on Black Friday shopping:
Of course, that's not what most people want to hear - including me. After all, I love a good bargain - as demonstrated by this entire site!
However, that doesn't mean it's not good advice. It truly is the best way to save money on Black Friday.
But looking at the big picture, most, if not all, of us need to buy holiday gifts before Christmas. And Black Friday's bargains can help us do that. So here's my second-best tip:
Start by listing all of the recipients you need to buy gifts for. If you know what you want to get them, fantastic - write that down next to their name.
Next, look through the Black Friday ad scans for the stores you would be willing to shop at. If the store you're interested in isn't included, let me know and I'll see if I can add it. Add the name of the store to your list, next to the item, along with the price.
If you don't know what gift you want to buy for someone, scanning through the ads is a great way to come up with ideas.
Once you've made your list, total up the cost of the items and make sure you're staying within your holiday budget. (If you don't have a holiday gifting budget, start there, before you make your list!)
If you're over budget, edit your list accordingly - consider alternative items, less expensive versions of the gift you originally picked, or search for coupons and rebates that might lower the cost. If available, coupons and rebates are often included in or mentioned in the ad. You could also check to see if the store will email you a discount offer if you sign up to receive their promotional emails.
Do you have a favorite Black Friday shopping tip?