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We’ll walk you through several easy ways to make the most of Black Friday, from budget tips to looking for Black Friday ads. Once you’re in the know on all things Black Friday, be sure to check it outAnd the And our guide to .
But before we get to that, let’s load up on the range of deals and shopping options that are actually available.
Where to start: The best Black Friday deals
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The best Black Friday deals from the store
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The best Black Friday deals by topic
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got all this? Good. Now let’s talk about some general Black Friday shopping tips.
Set a budget and set money aside
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or shopping for gifts for friends and family, the holiday shopping season seems to come up really fast every year. Therefore, it’s wise to budget for it throughout the year so you don’t put a heavy burden on your last few paychecks of the year.
With many Black Friday sales already underway (see above) and a general state of economic anxiety (egand elsewhere), you need to be more judicious than ever about spending limits. It’s a good idea to set a maximum that you’re willing to spend in full and then track your spending throughout the event. It’s easy to get swept up in excitement when deals go live and not pay enough attention to how much you spend, but this self-responsibility will be key to avoiding overspending.
Decide what you want to buy and check prices now
While a lot of Black Friday shopping is impulse-driven, the most effective way to shop is to try to set purchasing goals in advance and build a list. There are several reasons why this approach is better. Firstly, you can evaluate prices now which helps you with your budget and saving goals. Doing your research now also helps you figure out what’s actually a good deal worth buying during the event or if the “sale” price isn’t too far off the regular price of the product.
During the Black Friday sale, you can also work through the list you’ve made to get everything you need in an organized manner while doing your best to avoid wasting money on impulse purchases.
Read as many Black Friday ads as you can before the event
Part of your research prior to the event should include checking as many as possibleYou can also. Not only is this the best way to catch a glimpse of upcoming deals during the event, but you’ll also be able to budget more effectively and shop more efficiently if you know the best prices.
Shop the early sale now or plan for a shipping delay
As we mentioned upfront, don’t wait for Black Friday Black Friday sales before they start — plenty of them are already out! If you can lock in a low price now, not only will it help spread the cost, but it may also help you avoid major shipping delays, or avoid missing out on a deal altogether later. For the difference of a few dollars between now and Black Friday, it might be worth snagging on the things you need right now. If you don’t need things urgently, it may suit you to wait a little longer.
Early Black Friday sales:
Compare prices with the CNET shopping supplement
Is this Black Friday “deal” really a deal? Instead of looking up prices on Amazon’s retail competitors one by one, do so instantly with a price comparison extension for your web browser. There are several on the market, but CNET now has its own in-house extension: CNET Shopping (formerly PriceBlink). It works across a range of retailers and can show you the current best deal, price history for select items, coupons for retailers that can help you add to your savings and more.
The best part of it all? The extension is completely free. Try it now on Google Chrome.
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