The Thanksgiving meal is over. You watched the football games. The relatives went home. Now what? If you are like many Americans, you’ll be busy devising a plan of attack for your Black Friday shopping.
Black Friday is the annual battle of the bargains that takes place the day after Thanksgiving and is when retailers try to lure shoppers with incredibly low prices on some of the hottest items of the season. It’s the unofficial countdown to the holidays and smart shoppers know that you have to act fast if you want to get the desired deals and doorbusters—whether you’re in your pajamas shopping online or heading to the mall at the crack of dawn. Put the money you save to good use —to help improve your financial situation and get you back on track and on your way to a more secure financial future.
Experienced shopping warriors understand that taking advantage of Black Friday sales requires research and organization. Fortunately there are plenty of resources available to help make your Black Friday shopping an easier and more pleasant experience. Sure you can peruse your local newspaper circulars and look through dozens of emails, but the following websites and apps are designed to conveniently consolidate the promotions so that you can spend less time searching for sales and more time enjoying the holiday season.
Thirty million people look to this website for Black Friday shopping deals from 200 retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, and many more. Visit the site to view ads from the stores as soon as they are released, sign up and get Black Friday ad alerts emailed to you, and download the app for iOS and Android devices for Black Friday shopping “anytime anywhere.” You can also create a Wishlist that tracks your favorite deals and can be shared with friends and family.
Dealnews.com posts deals every day but has a section especially for Black Friday ads and sales. The site also lists Black Friday predictions that include insights on what their experts think might be the day’s biggest savings on toys, electronics, beauty, and more. Sign up for the DealNews App or the Black Friday App so you don’t miss any of the news or offers.
If you love to discover money-saving deals and then share them with the world, Slickdeals is for you. This app for iOS and Android devices gives you access to the largest deal-sharing community on the web. In the forums, visitors share deals and coupons, as well as feedback on the products and sales. The best rated deals get moved to the Popular Deals forum and then the Deal Editors hand pick a select few that will go on to the Frontpage. With Deal Alerts, category pages, a coupon inventory, and Favorites functions, this app makes it easy to find what you are looking for and avoid overspending.
Stay on top of the hot holiday deals at TheBlackFriday.com. Sign up for the newsletter or visit the website to view Black Friday ads and complete sales catalogs from popular stores. Search for sales by category including appliances, video games, furniture, and more. The website also features ads for Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) and Green Monday (typically the second Monday of December). You can also find TheBlackFriday.com on Facebook.
BRAds.net is another website that streamlines Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping deals. Look up a specific store, view Hot Deals or scans of ads and catalogs. This website also has helpful buying guides, articles, and forums. Create an account for free to receive ad email alerts and breaking Black Friday news. You can also save shopping lists and then access the list through an iPhone app.
Why overspend? With these useful resources, finding the best deals of the year is easy for even novice Black Friday shoppers. So take stock of what you need, plan your shopping strategy, and bring home those bargains!
For some more great ideas that can help reduce your financial stress this season, read the article 6 Pre-Holiday Tips That Can Save You Money.