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Shopping Guide To Getting the Most Out of Black Friday 2023

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Welcome to our comprehensive guide to making the most of Black Friday 2023! This year promises to be an exciting one, with a range of hot items and incredible deals lined up. Whether you’re a seasoned Black Friday shopper or new to the game, our guide is here to help you navigate the biggest shopping day of the year like a pro!

Start With A Plan

Once you’re done enjoying your Thanksgiving traditions with your family, it’s time to rest up. You’re on a mission tomorrow.

Seriously, if you want to get the most out of your favorite shopping holiday, you need to have a plan in mind. It’s unlikely that you will get everything that you want for the perfect price, especially if you don’t strategize. Here’s where to start.

Create Your Wishlist

Whatever it is you are looking for, whether you need them or want them, your plan should start with a wishlist. This is the list of your wants as well as any holiday or birthday presents that you want to buy in advance.

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From there, you will have an easier time prioritizing and strategizing. First, you need to figure out which items are most important, then find the stores that have the best deals on those items. Let’s start with that.

Check Ads

Black Friday sales are always heavily advertised online, so it’s easy to do your research without the need to pick up brochures or flyers. Try to choose stores that are relatively close to each other for an easy shopping day, especially if you plan on shopping at more than one store.

Black Friday shopping is hectic at peak hours, so try to get in early or find out which stores offer early access to their deals.

Whatever items are the most important on your list, look for the best deals and make those the first stops on your list. If your wishlist contains more than 10 items, it’s unlikely you will find everything you need at your local stores unless you plan on shopping in Boston.

If you do, figure out your transportation situation, as parking will be a difficult task at certain stores within the city. Just remember, if you take public transportation, you’re limited to buying only what you can carry. These are things to consider when looking at deals to determine if it’s feasible to shop at these locations.

Start your research well before Black Friday, and don’t stop browsing the internet. Here’s what to look for.

Check Apps

Look on the apps of your favorite stores, especially if you have a loyalty rewards program with them. Here, you will find the best deals for the holiday and possibly be able to preorder your wishlist and have it held for you.

If you are a loyalty member where you intend to shop, this could maximize your potential savings, especially if you have “points” saved up at a specific store. Open your apps and find out!

Look For Early-Bird Discounts

Some companies will offer discounts for ordering in advance, which will help you avoid the crowds and offer a headstart, so the items you want aren’t sold out when you shop. These will usually be advertised in the company’s apps, social media, or on their website.

Compare Prices

Compare prices of items on your list between your favorite Black Friday ads and the online Cyber Monday deals. Why waste time or money if you don’t have to?

If you can find better deals or price matches with Cyber Monday deals, it will save you your most valuable resource on Black Friday: time.

This is especially important for holiday presents, as shipping companies and supply chains will begin to back up in the weeks after. Give yourself as much time as possible to avoid late gifts.

Also, make sure that you compare prices with different stores. Best Buy might seem like the perfect place to buy a new laptop, but you might find the same one you wanted even cheaper at a different store! It’s worth checking.

Create Your Buying List

You’re ready now. Shop online for the best deals, match them with your wishlist, and create your finalized buying list.

Once that’s complete, try to stick as closely as possible to your list to avoid overspending, wasting time, and ensuring you have room to transport all of it.

Make this list as narrow as possible to save yourself time and money when it comes time to shop. The holidays are expensive, so try your best to limit wastefulness.

Always crunch the numbers. Consider shipping, cashback, discounts, transportation, and other costs to ensure that you’re getting the best deals. The sticker price will seem appealing, but that isn’t the only cost.

Make A Schedule

Once you find deals that match your intended area and items on your wishlist, determine your schedule based on your priorities and the store’s hours.

Which store will you go to first, and what are you getting? How much time will you spend at that store? Where’s the next stop?

The Hottest Items of Black Friday 2023

As the holiday season approaches, certain products are already shaping up to be the must-haves of Black Friday 2023. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s hot this year:

Tech and Gadgets

  • Smartphones: With new models from leading brands hitting the market, expect competitive deals on the latest smartphones.
  • Smart Home Devices: From smart speakers to advanced thermostats, smart home devices continue to be a top pick.
  • Laptops and Tablets: Keep an eye out for discounts on high-performance laptops and versatile tablets.

Home Entertainment

  • 4K and 8K TVs: Upgrade your home theater with stunning deals on the latest 4K and 8K televisions.
  • Gaming Consoles: With new gaming titles being released, watch out for bundles and discounts on popular gaming consoles.

Fashion and Apparel

  • Designer Brands: This is the best time to snag deals on designer clothing, shoes, and accessories.
  • Athletic Wear: With the rise in home workouts, athletic wear and gear are expected to be in high demand.

Home Essentials

  • Kitchen Appliances: From air fryers to espresso machines, kitchen gadgets are always a hit.
  • Furniture and Decor: Spruce up your home with discounted furniture and home decor items.

Health and Wellness

  • Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches: Keep an eye on your health with deals on the latest fitness gadgets.
  • Beauty Products: Look out for exclusive deals on skincare, makeup, and haircare products.

Top online shopping websites for Black Friday 2023

Gone are the days of waiting in long lines in the cold; online shopping has transformed Black Friday into a comfortable and convenient experience. With a few clicks, you can access a world of discounts from your couch. But with so many options, how do you find the best deals? That’s where we come in!

1. Amazon

  • Why It’s Great: Amazon is known for its vast selection of products and competitive Black Friday deals. Expect discounts across various categories, including electronics, books, home goods, and more.
  • Special Features: Lightning Deals and the option for Prime members to access certain deals early.

2. Walmart

  • Why It’s Great: Walmart offers a wide range of products at very competitive prices. Their Black Friday deals often include significant discounts on electronics, toys, and home essentials.
  • Special Features: Exclusive online-only deals and possible early access to sales for Walmart+ members.

3. Best Buy

  • Why It’s Great: If you’re looking for electronics and appliances, Best Buy is a go-to destination. They often have substantial discounts on TVs, laptops, smartphones, and more.
  • Special Features: Price Match Guarantee, ensuring you get the best deal possible.

4. Target

  • Why It’s Great: Target is popular for its stylish, high-quality products, especially in home decor, clothing, and electronics.
  • Special Features: Target often offers additional savings through their Circle offers and RedCard.

5. Newegg

  • Why It’s Great: A favorite among tech enthusiasts, Newegg offers some of the best deals on computers, components, and tech gadgets.
  • Special Features: Flash sales and daily deals leading up to Black Friday.

6. eBay

  • Why It’s Great: eBay is a great platform for both new and used items, often at reduced prices. It’s especially good for finding deals on electronics and collectibles.
  • Special Features: Unique finds and potential for bidding on items at lower prices.

7. Macy’s

  • Why It’s Great: Macy’s is an excellent site for deals on fashion, beauty products, and home goods.
  • Special Features: Special doorbuster deals and additional savings with Macy’s coupons.

8. Nordstrom

  • Why It’s Great: If you’re looking for designer brands, Nordstrom is the place to go, with discounts on a wide range of high-end clothing, shoes, and accessories.
  • Special Features: Exclusive online deals and free shipping.

9. Home Depot

  • Why It’s Great: Ideal for home improvement enthusiasts, offering deals on tools, appliances, and home decor.
  • Special Features: Special buy-of-the-day offers and free delivery on certain items.

10. B&H Photo Video

  • Why It’s Great: A leading retailer of photography, video, and audio equipment with competitive pricing.
  • Special Features: Special holiday deals and professional gear at discounted prices.

These websites are known for offering some of the best Black Friday deals each year. It’s always a good idea to check their websites in advance, sign up for newsletters, or download their apps to stay updated on the latest deals and promotions. Remember, deals can vary significantly, so it’s wise to compare prices and offers across different sites to find the best bargains.

Tips For Shopping On Black Friday 2023

Once you have found the lowest prices and created your itinerary for the day, you’re ready to begin shopping. However, there are some important tips to keep in mind for when the day comes. Here are some of the most important ones.

Start Early & Keep Time

Before Thanksgiving, shop online for the lowest prices and see what you can buy ahead of time. Look for curbside pickup options and anything that can save you time throughout the day.

Stores are likely to start running out of some popular merchandise by the early afternoon, so give yourself as much time as possible to complete your checklist. This process should start days before the sale even starts.

“Starting early” should also include saving money in advance for the big day. If there’s a lot that you want to purchase on Black Friday, then make sure that you have enough to cover it.

Pay With Credit

This isn’t a contradiction. You should still have the disposable money to cover everything that you want to buy.

However, if you want to save even more money on Black Friday, then using a credit card with points or cashback is a good option. Stick tightly to your buying list, and don’t go overboard.

Assuming that you pay it off right away, paying with a credit card will usually give you some amount of cashback. Most credit cards offer between 1% and 1.5% on standard purchases.

However, most major credit cards also offer special cashback offers when you purchase certain items at a certain store, or in a certain way.

For example, many cards will offer a certain amount of cash back if you use a store’s curbside pickup feature or if you spend a certain amount of money at a particular store. If you’re already doing to be doing that, then why not save extra money on it? Check on your credit card app for more details on their rewards offers.

Also, if you have a credit card that is through a specific store like Target or Amazon, doing most of your shopping at those stores (where you find the right deals) will offer you the most rewards.

Have Backups

If there’s a television that you want to buy at one store for $185 on Black Friday, have a backup in mind for Cyber Monday, even if the TV is $200 on the other store. Merchandise is known to fly off the shelf during these sales, especially for expensive products like electronics or jewelry.

Avoid Huge Crowds

Large crowds probably mean good sales, yes. However, if you’re planning to attend more than one store, then a huge crowd will hinder your ability to meet your list. If you have backups in mind, use them when necessary.

Also, the holiday, especially the shopping holiday, is meant to be enjoyed. It’s hard to enjoy it if you feel like cattle being herded.

However, due to the large crowds that you are likely to face at one point or another, we recommend staying Covid-safe while shopping. Ideally, you should wear a mask and wash your hands, as social distancing is likely to be a challenge.

Ask For Gift Receipts

Asking for gift receipts is always a good idea to ensure that your recipients are happy with their gifts and that they can be easily returned if there are any issues. Believe it or not, as much as $90 billion worth of merchandise is returned every year after the holidays!

Even if you’re certain that a present is perfect for someone (or even for yourself), sometimes items don’t fit correctly, don’t work as intended, or there’s no longer a need for them. Make sure to keep these receipts safe through the season!

Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first Black Friday, or if you’re really trying to boost your shopping game, then you probably have some questions. Hopefully, we’ll offer them to you here. These are some of the most frequently asked questions about the holiday!

Does Black Friday Really Offer The Best Deals?

On average, Black Friday and Cyber Monday tend to have the best deals overall, but they extend throughout the entire week.

The week after Christmas also tends to have major clearance sales and sales on certain items. For example, the last week of the year is noted to be the best for buying cars, as dealerships try to increase their sales to meet financial quotas.

However, for the average consumer goods, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best. If you miss something on those sales, Green Monday is the second Monday in December, and it offers similar discounts to Cyber Monday. Although, there’s no guarantee your purchases will arrive on time.

Is It Necessary To Wait Until Black Friday?

Not necessarily. If you browse through Black Friday listings well in advance and see the deals they offer, there’s a chance you will find them elsewhere beforehand. However, Black Friday deals tend to be the best of the year.

When Are Black Friday Ads Released?

They are usually released weeks in advance. At the very latest, they should be posted on the Monday of Thanksgiving week on their websites, apps, or social media pages.

Are The Ads Posted Always Accurate?

Not 100% of the time, but you can usually count on them. Sometimes, legal conflicts, supply chain issues, and other problems cause prices to change before the actual sale day.

Also, there are occasionally fake Black Friday deals posted and shared on social media and other places online, so always verify these on company platforms.

What If I Can’t Make It To All The Stores?

As we mentioned earlier, it’s always best practice to have a backup plan. If you miss an item or two on your list, there will always be cyber deals later on for the same or similar products, so don’t worry too much.

Have Fun Shopping!

Black Friday 2023 is shaping up to be an eventful shopping extravaganza. With these insights into the hottest items and our expert tips, you’re all set to make the most of the deals and discounts. Happy shopping, and stay tuned for more updates and specific deals as Black Friday approaches!

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