With another Thanksgiving all but behind us now, let the madness begin with the day after Thanksgiving sales as we turn to celebrate Black Friday! Now that you have filled yourself with turkey, stuffing, all the fixings, pumpkin pie, and turkey sandwiches, all you want to do is relax, watch some football, maybe snooze a bit. But don’t hunker down too long or you will miss out on early morning deals as you join the frenzied, sleepy-eyed crowd all out shopping look for bargains to get as many gifts as they can while they are on sale this year.
Let’s face it: It’s the newest national hobby with the way the shaky economy has been rough-and-tumble of late… it’s called bargain shopping! It’s been going on in spades for the last couple of months and it certainly will be in full force tomorrow as shoppers scramble for the day after Thanksgiving day sales. You’ve probably been combing all the big shopping sites online and looking in the paper for day after Thanksgiving ads. And you should - most retailers have really chopped prices and/or are offering amazing deals like coupons, instant rebates, and even free shipping for online sales.
Almost everyone has a vested interest in saving money! Rising costs in electricity, gas and food have us all scrambling for ways to economize and meet out obligations. So it comes as no surprise that the average family is getting into bargain shopping in a serious way! If you feel you need to get up to speed, now, here are a few suggestions that will impact your budget in a positive way. There are huge bargains to be had, especially on electronics: Amazing deals are yours both online and off at places like Circuit City, Best Buy and in the Walmart day after Thanksgiving day sales ads showing great shopping bargains on laptop computers, flat panel LCD and plasma HD televisions, digital cameras and camcorders, and home theater systems, just to mention a few.
Clothing and jewelry and household goods like bedding and towels is another area where you will find super sales for the day after Thanksgiving. Bargain shopping for clothes can cut your clothing costs dramatically! But without regard to the major retailers, don’t forget this tip: Shop thrift stores and consignment shops for gently-used quality clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry. When kids grow out of clothes, you can return them for a consignment sale or credit on new purchases. Visit some of the national chain discount department stores, stocked with what they call “seconds” of hardly noticeable flaws in towels, bedding and clothing.
One effective way to really take advantage of day after Thanksgiving sales is to do your comparison shopping. Doing so can give you an almost customized value for just about everything you purchase tailored to your exact wants and needs. More and more people are fast becoming ardent comparison shoppers because they are forced to in this current uncertain economic climate. Most of us must watch our expenses carefully, and doing so on Black Friday is no different, even if you can get a lot of buying done at bargain prices. This means less impulse buying, nailing down value and careful comparison shopping. Consider a few key factors when doing your comparison shopping, even for buying Christmas gifts the day after Thanksgiving. These factors are price, quality, functionality and your application. If you’re buying a digital video camera that you will use primarily in your job, then you will be putting in a lot hours filming video. Quality is definitely your main priority, followed by functions and features, then price. Why? The cheapest priced unit is likely to break down quickly in heavy use. You’ll end up buying the highest quality unit which stands up to your purpose.
When buying almost any item, Consumer Reports, Shopping.com, and Cnet.com provide a good start to comparison shopping. Such reports rate the product on every feature it provides. Such reports can help you zero in on the brands which demonstrate the higher quality and durability. This is also a good way to find which unit rates high in features you need.
Wouldn’t it be great to just be able to shop on whimsical money-no-object basis? Here is a funny shopping video that demonstrates how nice that would be, with a humorous twist at the end!
Comparison shopping is more of an art than a science. Shop according to your personal priorities to get the best overall value, despite what a chart may say. It’s likely your needs don’t require buying the top-rated everything, especially when buying gifts on sale the day after Thanksgiving. Only when you need it or you need to get it for others, which is probably the case as you buy Christmas gifts for family, friends, and relatives during the day after Thanksgiving sales events.