With Black Friday and Cyber Monday only a few days away, this is one the best times to get in some holiday shopping and also grab all the things you’ve been eyeing for a while at a bargain price.
However, if you don’t have a grip on yourself and your list, you could very well find yourself spending thousands more than you intended and ending up in debt.
This article will share some of the best tips for getting organized for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and ensuring you don’t waste money.
You’ll also be able to get the very best deals while at it and optimize your time on the deal days.
If you’re a pro at Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, you probably don’t need these tips.
However, if you have no idea how to control your spending, grab a pen and notepad and read on.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is a 24-hour long sale which takes place the day after Thanksgiving in the US. This day also usual heralds in the Christmas shopping season as well.
All major retailers offer absolutely crazy deals on Black Friday every year and people have been known to trample over each other to get at the best deals.
Black Friday is so popular that there are other countries that have a similar version like White Friday on souq.com the same day every year.
When is Black Friday 2018?
Black Friday 2018 will be on Friday, November 23 this year. Always keep in mind it’s the day after Thanksgiving every year.
What is Cyber Monday?
This event occurs the Monday after Thanksgiving and offers more deals on the off chance that you didn’t quite overdose on shopping on Black Friday.
This day encourages people to shop online and the term Cyber Monday was first coined by Ellen Davis in 2005.
When is Cyber Monday 2018?
Cyber Monday 2018 falls on November 26 this year. Always remember it’s the Monday after Thanksgiving/the Monday after Black Friday (duh).
Though Black Friday and Cyber Monday occur on two separate days, retailers continue offering deals on the days between them.
So, you could say the deals start on Friday and go on all weekend till Monday every year.
Some retailers like Amazon and Target offer Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals ahead of the actual days.
6 Shopping Tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018
1. Research and Make a List
Always make a list. It doesn’t matter how much you have it all figured in your head, it’s better if you make a list.
A list will help keep you under control and allow you to see exactly what you’re looking to buy and consider if you really need it.
How to decide what should be on the list? Were you planning on buying it anyway before Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Is it something you’ve been eyeing for a few years anyway? Add it to the list.
2. Set a Budget
The best way to rack up thousands and thousands of dollars in debt is by shopping randomly without a plan or budget.
Unless you’re a celebrity with unlimited amounts of cash, I highly recommend setting a budget.
Look up deals online and set amounts against your shopping list then add it all up. Is it affordable? Is it doable? If it isn’t, you really will need to trim down that list.
This helpful article on wants vs needs can help you decide what to eliminate from the initial list.
3. Don’t Go Mad if You Can’t Find Something
Don’t go crazy and spend more than you intended because you’re afraid something will run out. Remember the deals go on all weekend.
If you can’t find it with one retailer, you may be able to find it with another retailer so take a deep breath and relax. You got this.
4. Check Return Policies Before You Buy
Many a person has bought in urgency and repented at leisure. Fortunately, returns make it easier to forgive yourself for your erroneous purchase.
However, during sales, the return policies may not be as flexible as usual so make sure you check this before you buy anything.
5. Go Shopping Alone
A lot of tips online will advise you to go shopping with your squad so you can score deals faster.
However, the truth is you will spend more money than you intended if you go shopping with friends.
You will also lose focus and start getting frivolous with the plan. Don’t care about spending more? Go with friends. Want to stick to your list and budget? Go alone.
6. Start the Day with a Good Breakfast
Yep. If you’re going to be shopping in person at stores, you need to start the day with a full breakfast so you don’t find yourself fainting halfway through the day.
Walking around, chasing and hunting down deals burns mad calories. If you don’t have enough food in you, it may not end well.
I also recommend having a full bottle of water with you so you stay hydrated throughout the day.
Now that we got all that out of the way, where do you find the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in 2018?
Where to Find Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals?
Amazon always offers phenomenal deals all year round but this is amped up even more on days like Prime Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc.
See all the ongoing Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals HERE. They’re also offering free shipping on all orders for a limited period.
Target is offering early deals across all departments in electronics, kitchen, floor care, sporting goods, baby, home, health and beauty, and toys.
Be sure to also register with your favorite retailers if you haven’t already to get access to even more Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
Check out our gift guides if you’re looking for inspiration as well. You may be able to snap one of the items in a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal.
Happy Shopping! 🙂