The holidays bring with them family get-togethers, themed festivities, and a variety of sales that let you get top-shelf products for bottom-shelf prices. By optimizing your holiday shopping methods and plans, you can get the best deals possible without battling over limited-stock items, driving to a many different stores, and scouring dozens of Black Friday ads at the last minute is search of the cheapest price. Below are five ways you can maximize your holiday shopping, allowing you to reduce stress while saving money.
Keep Track of Leaked Black Friday Ads
While Black Friday ads don’t officially appear until closer to the traditional shopping day, ads begin leaking from various sources as early as September. Monitor these ads and leaked specials ahead of time, and take note of the products you’re interested and their respective price. While dozens of websites track and display leaked Black Friday ads, BFAds.net is one of the most popular on the web. They are usually first iatgetting the ads scanned, and getting all the deals listed on their site with photos.
Take Advantage of Pre-Black Friday Sales
To get people in the shopping spirit and capitalize on the sales-focused consumer attitude of the season, many companies have started offering pre-Black Friday sales, which offer certain products at a steep discount. Although there are usually less products available with discounts than you’ll find on Black Friday, there is also less traffic and competition for the items, and depending on what you’re looking for, you may be able to find a good deal.
Use Shopping Tools to Stay Organized
Online shopping tools allow you to monitor deals and leaked ads as they come available, often sending you an alert email or text message. In addition, many tools allow you to flag deals that you’re interested in, create shopping lists that include product numbers and pricing, and share them with other individuals. There are many tools are available, including smartphone apps, such as the BFAds app, which gives you instant access to leaked Black Friday ads, TheFind , which allows you to scan a product’s barcode and see a list of stores, both online and retail, where it is available for the cheapest price, and Decide.com’s app, which tells you the cheapest prices available and whether you should hold off a bit longer for the next model.
Make a List of Things to Buy on Cybermonday
With all the hoopla about Black Friday, it’s easy to forget about Cybermonday, a fairly new shopping day where stores offer steep discounts via their online stores. Cybermonday is an excellent opportunity to grab products at low prices without rushing from store-to-store. Many companies offer free shipping on Cybermonday, which may be the prime time to order that giant TV or heavy appliance you’ve been eyeing, which would otherwise garner a hefty shipping rate.
Prepare for Next Year with Christmas Sales
If you’re holiday shopping for gifts, it’s not wise to wait until the Christmas sales to look for an item, since it may be sold out by then. You can, however, stock up on steeply-discounted items for the next holiday season. The day after Christmas is a popular shopping day when retailers steeply discount their excess products as a way to move them quickly out of inventory. Take advantage of this day to get products at a price you won’t find any other time during the year.
Blair Mathis is a full time mom, so she understands the importance of saving money while shopping. She is a avid couponer, and enjoys scoring a great bargain.