Save Money with Black Friday Deals

Shoppers know they can save money with Black Friday Deals, which is why the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.  It’s also one of the most popular shopping days of the year for bargain hunters.

On Black Friday, stores usually offer their best deals on some of the hottest items for the upcoming holiday season. The stores are extremely crowded, and there’s usually some story in the news about someone being injured in the madhouse.

Some shoppers hate the idea of being in a store crammed full of other shoppers, pushing and shoving their way to the best deals. And I’m one of them.  You’d have to pay me (a lot!) to get me to go shopping on Black Friday!  

Others don't mind braving the crowds in the interest of saving money, and many even enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with the melee. Often, the seemingly endless checkout lines result in more time spent in the store, and that frequently translates into more money spent.  It’s a quick way to wreck your holiday shopping budget, because you get caught up in the excitement of getting a deal, and you spend more than you intended.

Doing your Black Friday shopping online is an attractive alternative. You won't have to fight over items that are limited in quantity or spend an hour standing in line waiting to pay for them. You can just shop calmly from the comfort of your own home.

To save money on Black Friday by shopping online, doing some research is crucial. Some stores strive to keep their Black Friday specials a secret until the last minute, but you can often find leaked information online. And many stores are now starting their Black Friday Deals early.  

If you find any spectacular online deals, make note of them and find out when they are applicable. Just like in brick and mortar stores, there is often a specific time limit for Black Friday deals.  Some are valid only during certain hours.  You don’t want to get there 15 minutes after the deal that you wanted has ended!

If you see an offline deal that catches your eye, try to find out if it will be offered online as well. Some stores offer the same deals online, while others do different ones. Check the store's website for details. If you can't tell from the website, you have three options. You can call the store before Black Friday and ask, go to the store to make sure you get the deal you want, or you can take your chances and shop online from the comfort of home.

Researching the products you plan to buy ahead of time is also a good idea. In addition to comparing prices from various online merchants, it's also wise to read reviews about the product. No matter how cheap it is, if the quality is low, it's not a good deal. Sites like and are good places to look for reviews of a wide variety of products.

Impulse buying isn't as big of a concern when shopping online, but it does occur. Merchants frequently offer special deals on one item when you purchase another, and they promote these deals heavily. It's best to make a list of what you're looking for, or at least a list of who you're buying for and how much you can spend on each person. That way you'll be less likely to overspend.

Doing your Black Friday shopping online is less stressful than shopping in overcrowded stores. And you can find some great deals, too.  Shopping online gives you an opportunity to research the best prices without running all over town.

With a little preparation, you might even come out ahead of your friends who got up at 3:00 AM to get a deal on those big-ticket items on their Christmas lists.

Here’s to your Black Friday Deals!

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