Our friends over at ShopSmart (which is definitely a TBF-approved mag) put together some excellent black friday shopping tips for their November issue. While we’re old pros at black friday (my advice? skip it all together–there are just way too many people to do any power shopping), we know that some of you can’t resist the thrill of the shopping hunt. So we’ve shared some of ShopSmart’s tips for shopping black friday below.
Black Friday Shopping Tips From ShopSmart
Get a headstart: Believe it or not, you can probably grab some Black Friday-style deals now by pre-holiday shopping online. Last year, JCPenney, Sears, Staples, Target, Wal-Mart and others advertised big sales–some offering as much as 50 percent off–starting even before Halloween.
Track the ads: There’s a ton of great Black Friday shopping sites. Check out BFads.net, BlackFriday.info, BlackFriday.net, and TheBlackFriday.com, as well as year-round sales aggregators such as FatWallet.com and GottaDeal.com. Also try mobile apps such as Black Friday.
Nab insider info: “Like” your favorite retailers on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for advance notice of special sales. You can also follow @DealCyberMonday on Twitter.
Shop Small Business Saturday: During the American Express-sponsored Small Business Saturday, many local and small businesses offer special deals and discounts
Get a jump on Cyber Monday: Amazon.com is starting its holiday shopping blitz on Monday, Nov. 21, a week ahead of the traditional busiest day of the year for online shopping. You can follow online specials at various Cyber Monday websites, including CyberMonday2011.com, Cyber.MondayDeals.net, and DealsCyberMonday.org. If you’re buying online, watch for free-shipping promos. FreeShipping.org is a good place to start.