It’s that time of year again where Americans mindfully practice gluttony and then stay up all night to save some money on things they may not otherwise buy. With Black Friday less than 6 days away, this year’s holiday retail sales forecast is $465 billion, a 2.8% increase over last year.
If you are planning to get some Christmas shopping done or make a purchase for yourself this Black Friday, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Some stores will be kicking there sales off early. Search around and look for any possible deals.
- Know what it is you are looking for. If you have an item or items in mind don’t get focused and go for it!
- Find out when stores are going to be opening. Some may open at midnight others may not open until 4:00 a.m.
- Don’t go alone. It’s just more fun when you do it with others.
Here is a cool infographic with tips:
(Infographic By: hhgregg)
Here are ten more helpful tips from Bradsdeals.com:
- Research: Start your Black Friday 2011 sale research on Thanksgiving Day or earlier.
- Make a plan: Identify what you want to buy, which stores have the best sales on Black Friday and what time they open.
- Timing is everything: Arrange stores by opening time, from earliest to latest.
- A fool and his money: Be wary of Black Friday deals with quantity limits. If a store has only 10 items at that price, go elsewhere.
- Visualize: Know where your items are in the store.
- Stay safe: Previous Black Friday sales were honestly deadly; please don’t trample or shoot anyone!
- Power of numbers: Go with a team and attack separate stores or separate sections of the same store. Designate a meeting place.
- Bring a snack: Only amateurs stop at the food court on Black Friday! (Or the bathroom — so go before you leave.)
- The quiet ones: Don’t ignore stores that don’t advertise. They will have Black Friday deals, too!
- Have fun: Enjoy your family, friends and deals!
To learn a little more and find some other good sites that will help you prepare, read USA Today’s insights on the big day!
I will spare you of the more violent videos and outrageous news stories, but just be cautious around all those crazies out there.
Check out these other interesting infographic on Black Friday:
- Summary of last year’s Black Friday
- Trends and top 10’s
- Holiday Shopping Trends: Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday
- Black Friday TV Sales
- Black Friday and Savings (It’s a year old, but it still has interesting insights.)
- The Black Friday Guide (also a year old)