By now, every holiday shopper has grown accustomed to the hyped up countdown to Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2015, and the door buster deals get louder and more profound as the days and hours click off to that magical bargain-barnstorming time when the best deals are to be found for your holiday gift list – and, your own personal needs and wants. Check here for all the updated store hours of all major retailers.
Keeping checking our Black Friday section as we’ll continually update it along with Cyber Monday for your shopping convenience. You can also check out Amazon’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals here as they’ll keep changing as fast as a Kardashian’s Instagram page.
There are even countdown clocks that you can sign up for online that will alert you of the days and hours left until you can plan the big day out, from dawn until dark. You can also sign up to be alerted when certain ads are released.
Retailers want to make sure you don’t miss being advised of the incredible bargains out there on items you may think you can’t afford, but with the Black Friday discounts, they’re easily within reach.
Social media sites can also be used for being sure you’re on track to get the best deals during the Black Friday countdown. Facebook periodically posts ads on the more popular items that are sure to please any online bargain-shopper.
The countdown sites also tell you what’s trending in the ads at any given hour or moment. For example, a recent site reported some Amazon Black Friday deals on Sony televisions, the Sony Alpha a6000 Digital Camera, Frye shoes, handbags, other accessories and luggage.
Other top brands that were trending on that ad included smaller items such as Black and Decker tools, Paderno kitchen products and Rubbermaid. You can also find ways to find and print out coupons for Black Friday deals on the countdown sites.
It’s all in one convenient place, and you don’t have to spend hours searching. Amazon also announced that it will offer limited-time lightning deals during all of its Black Friday 2015 sales.
The elite club of Prime Amazon members will have early access to all of the sales, so if you love shopping on Amazon, you may want to consider moving up to Prime status. Also in the announcement was Amazon’s plan to release 11 future Amazon Black Friday 2015 top deals.
What isn’t clear is when, exactly, the items will go on sale, but those announcements are sure to come. If you’ve enjoyed the anticipation of the Black Friday countdown, you’ll surely enjoy this year’s excitement about the products featured this year – and the amazing prices on them all.
Use the online tools available this year to alert you and let you in on the bargains of items you’re particularly searching for and enjoy a hassle-free and savings-filled Black Friday shopping experience.
Now, here’s a few tips and tricks to help make your holiday shopping more safe, peaceful and worthwhile:
- Be organized: Along with developing a plan, you also want to ensure that you’re staying organized as you tackle your shopping list. Now while this may not include bringing a binder or two of coupons with you, the concept of order is what you want to focus on. Dedicate a specific section of your purse, a secure pocket or an area of your wallet for all receipts in case of a future return. Have a designated shopping companion hang on to all circulars or printed offers or coupons to avoid that moment of confusion and dread once you’ve finally made it to the register or managed to flag down a busy sales associate. Having each of these things in an easy-to-reach, convenient place can make all the difference, especially as bags get heavier as you travel from store to store.
- Be prepared (and properly outfitted): We know – you’re going shopping, not big game hunting. But you’d be surprised at the similarities between the two on Black Friday. That said, make sure that you and whoever will be joining you is ready for the day or night ahead. Even if you’re not planning on camping out or spending hours in line, plan for it. Dress comfortably for the elements and make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes and/or insoles that will let you go the distance…literally. If a young or elderly shopper is joining you, make sure they stay hydrated, have taken their medication or brought it with them, and that rest and snack breaks are factored into the excursion as needed. Because Black Friday is traditionally known to be frantic and frenzied, the goal should be to get the items you’re after without you or anyone you know actually shopping ‘til they drop.
- Be resourceful: Living in the age of the smartphone and other handy tech devices, feel free to put that battery-powered extension of yourself to good use in the shopping days ahead. Looking for one or more hard to describe gifts? Keep photos of the gifts you’re after and their features so you can make sure you get the right one. Can’t remember where that one great sale was that you heard about in passing? Apps like Retail Me Not and Shopular keep all of that information at your fingertips. In fact, one of this season’s biggest trends is using store apps and mobile sites to help you as you shop, keeping advertisements, store location information and even special offers all in the palm of your hand.
- Be safe: While hundreds of thousands of shoppers will be out in droves in the coming days, the truth is that individuals looking to catch them off guard will be as well. While shopping, be sure to keep up with your purchases, keys, wallet and phone as you work through your list. As a part of your planning, make sure that anyone who is tagging along has his or her cellphone fully charged and on in case of separation or an emergency. Also, make sure that everyone present knows where the group is parked for the same reason. Officials also offer that shoppers should keep purchases out of sight when storing them in their vehicles and you may want to consider asking security staff or available store staff to help you load your purchases, especially larger ones that could be cumbersome for one person to handle.
Remember that although Black Friday may not always provide the most ideal shopping experience, following these simple, helpful tips could get you a few steps closer to marking those must-have gifts off the list before it’s time to wrap and share them…without any aches, pains or horror stories, that is.