Happy Thanksgiving America! After all that turkey, who is ready to capitalize on tomorrow’s deals?
Black Friday or Cyber-Monday, these smart, stress and guilt free shopping tips will help you do it better.Black Friday or Cyber-Monday, these smart, stress and guilt free shopping tips will help you treat yourself better Click To Tweet
How many people really shop on Black Friday? If you are reading this, I’ve prepared this list to enable you shop better, guilt and stress free. Ready? I’ve got 8 solid ones you gotta grab!
- Fully charge your phone
Or even better charge your phone and carry along with you a power bank. You are most likely going to be texting your friends, trying to find where they are – or your lost sibling. If you lose your phone in the middle of the Black Friday mall chaos, you won’t be able to track it. ( tracking purposes is only relevant to IPhone users ) I think losing a phone at the mall during a crazy sale day is the worst thing that can happen to anyone after spending a lot on shopping. You might just be returning those items the next day to replace your lost phone. So keep it charge and throw it into your purse all the time not inside the shopping bags
- Get in there early
- Shop Online
If you are like me, do it online, let the deal come to you. The only time I’m at the mall on Black Friday is when I’m working as a personal shopper for clients looking for specific things. I honestly cannot sleep well if I splurged so much in one day because of ‘ supposed huge markdowns’. I’m of the opinion that If you really need things – be it staples or ‘nice-to-have’ items, buy them whether or not they are on sale, and of course at a reasonable price.
- Do your research
This is where your phone comes in handy, start looking up items while you are in one store and lookup the in-store and online price comparison. You’ll save more and end with extra cash *cough* or perhaps splurge on something else. The point is you get value from the money spent.Price comparisons: This is where your phone comes in handy, start looking up items while you are in one store and lookup the in-store and online price comparison. You’ll save more and end with extra cash *cough* or perhaps splurge on something else. The point is you get value from the money spent.
The last thing you want is not being able to get return an item that doesn’t fit you. Sometimes you want to save time and avoid long frustrating queues so instead of fitting your items in the store, you do it at home. Make sure you ask and understand things like price adjustments, the periods returns and refunds are allowed, and the conditions attached to them.
- Allign your shopping list with your budget
Girl you got bills! You gotta save! You also deserve to treat your fine self ‘well’. Be smart about it. There will be always deals, budget around what you can afford and do really good price comparison and get the best out of your budget. I usually just linger around staples and seasonal outfits, the later mostly for gifting purposes. Remember you can give out fairly used items too!
If it doesn’t look or sound like deal – IT isn’t
Check the original price and do a quick math in your head, this one quick way to tell whether or not you are getting a good price markdown. Another way is to check out generic brands. If you can get the same item at H&M for 50% off, there’s no point being Santa Claus and giving away extra cash by buying at 20% off at Zara.
- Keep your receipts
What happens when you the most expensive items turn out not to fit you at all, and you realized you trashed your receipts or out of excitement, told the cashier to keep it? Yikes! – Two things happen, you either get store credit , if the store allows this in their policy. The other option is you keep those items. Shop smarter and keep all your receipts.
- There are more deals – Cyber – Monday, Boxing Day, Another Black Friday! You naaaayymE it!
You are probably thinking ‘but these items don’t come back, I’m gonna lose out’. The truth is whether or not there are holiday deals, there are items you’ll miss out on, because I expect that you have a life- work, school or doing something other than being at the mall everyday, visiting every store – with exception that you work at the mall.