Save by Planning Ahead for Black Friday
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Save by Planning Ahead for Black Friday

Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 7:00 am
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Once upon a time, Black Friday sales started on the day after Thanksgiving, and ended the following Monday. Last year, there were Black Friday sales going on almost every day. A few started on Halloween, and several stores were open on Thanksgiving evening. You can save some money if you plan ahead for the Black Friday sales.

Make a List
You cannot possibly hit all of the sales that lead up to Black Friday. You also cannot simultaneously stand in line in front of every store and wait for the doors to open on Black Friday. Instead, you are going to have to be efficient.

Make a list of the big ticket items that you intend to purchase as gifts. Bring the list with you as you shop the many Black Friday sales. Check things off as you purchase them. This will keep you from wasting money by accidentally buying the same item twice (because you forgot that you already picked one up).

Do Your Homework
Get on the internet the night before Black Friday. Check the websites of the stores that you are interested in shopping at. If you are buying something expensive, like a TV, a computer, or a video game system, it is worth it to find out how much each store is selling it for. Wait in line at the one that has the best price.

Take Advantage of Cyber Monday
It has become a tradition for stores to have sales that you can only shop from their websites on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Stay home, get online, and finish up your holiday shopping. The prices should be low, and there might be deals that will give you free shipping if you spend a certain amount of money.

Shop Where You Have Discounts
Kohl’s gives discounts to people who have a Kohl’s Charge card. You get extra discounts 12 times a year. You can save an extra 15% to 30% on regular, sale, and clearance priced merchandise when you use your card.

Target has a REDCard that gives you 5% savings on your purchases. It also gives you free shipping from Target.com, and Target pharmacy Rewards.

These are just a few examples of stores that offer loyal customers extra savings. Do some math, and see if the price of an item at a store you have a discount at is less than the price at a store that you don’t have a discount at. Remember to pay off the entire balance of the credit card each month, and you can save yourself from having to pay interest on the amount you spend.

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