Top Black Friday shopping tips for 2022
The Friday after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, is one of the biggest shopping days of the year that offers significant discounts on a wide range of goods and services. While Black Friday doesn't officially begin until November 25, retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Target have already kicked off their early deals to give buyers a head start. Whether you're shopping for holiday gifts or you're just buying some things for yourself, these six tips can help you score the best Black Friday deals:
1. Check ads and apps early
Many stores start circulating their Black Friday ads weeks before the actual shopping day, which allows you to start shopping for the best deals ahead of time. Checking out the ads early will help you to take advantage of early sales. You can also follow your favorite stores on social media or sign up for email alerts to keep track of their offers as they announce them. Always compare prices to ensure you're getting the best price.
2. Do your research in advance
As you figure out which items you want to buy, research reviews of different brands along with their original prices. This will allow you to focus on getting high-quality items with significant markdowns. Remember that prices will be higher this holiday season because of inflation and higher demand, especially electronics. You should also research the return and exchange policies for each store you're shopping with — if you're shopping online, figure out if you can return items online or if you'll need to go to the physical store.
3. Shop around for early bird discounts
You can take advantage of sales way before Black Friday. Many stores offer early-bird discounts that enable you to finish all your holiday shopping before Thanksgiving. Keep a lookout for different deals that are advertised throughout November. Deals might be limited to a specific day and time.
4. Plan out your Black Friday day
Whether you're shopping online or plan to go to stores in-person, mapping out your day will help you make the most of Black Friday. If you want to score the season's hottest items, consider buying them first. Check the store's website or app to find out in advance if a specific item is available.
5. Take advantage of price-matching policies
Many stores offer price matching, which means they'll lower their price to match a competitor's. Look up each store's price matching policy ahead of time so you know which of your favorite stores offer price matching and which don't. When you're asking for a price match, you'll typically have to show proof that you can get a lower price on the item, such as a screenshot of the competitor's pricing.
6. Request gift receipts
When holiday shopping during Black Friday, be sure always to request gift receipts. Why? Gift receipts make it easier for others to return or exchange a gift. You can request a gift receipt online or in person at a store, so your friends and family can return items hassle-free.
Bottom line: start early this year to score the best deals
Given so many stores have already started their giant sales weeks in advance, you should start your holiday shopping earlier this year to take advantage of all Black Friday offers. This means browsing ads frequently, signing up for alerts, and mapping out where to shop. With some planning and research, you'll be able to snag some fantastic deals this holiday season.
- "Tips for Getting the Most out of Black Friday," The Balance, November 9, 2021.
- "Top 27 Black Friday Shopping Tips to Snag the Best Deals," Money Crashers, November 20, 2020.