"I still like getting up early, sneaking out in the middle of the night and going and doing my Black Friday shopping", she said. Ask about anything that isn't clearly explained in the fine print. You might get a money-saving tip from a fellow shopper.
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"Some of my friends and family start their shopping on Black Friday, but for me that's the day I'm usually trying to finish everything up, at least when it comes to buying gifts", the Niles woman said. The app will notify you when the most popular doorbuster deals will be available online at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and other stores.
In the checkout line, ask other Black Friday goers what deals they are hitting up next or other sales you should scope out.
There are plenty of reasons to skip Black Friday shopping. Many consumers have experienced frustration and lost money they can not afford to lose after being lured by prices too good to be true. Future disputes can go more smoothly and cost you less. You can see how others had experiences with them and how the business responded to complaints. Now is a good time to sign up for their email alerts and follow their social media platforms.
To encourage local shopping, the Retail Alliance is hosting a competition where four shoppers will be selected on December 18 at random to win a $100 gift card to a business participating in its shop-local rewards program LoveVA. However, you may be charged to replace a lost or stolen card. Just make sure the bribe is smaller than how much you will save. Check your credit card rewards program for special points. And in general, you may find better deals for the littler ones at Toys R Us than you might see elsewhere.
This year's Black Friday happens to be on November 24. Before you pick your favorite sites, the BBB recommends that consumers find a reputable site and check them out at BBB.org.
"It's been really good for us", he said. However, everyone agrees that saving money on Christmas shopping gives the holiday an extra layer of cheer. Small businesses also are participating in the American Express-led Small Business Saturday marketing effort that encourages consumers to shop local. You will have deals sent right to your inbox. Once you have a gift list, research all the items on that list to find reasonable prices for those items. Hundreds of customers at Walmart stores across the country took advantage of deals on top items, like televisions, video game consoles, and toys.
The majority of Americans plan to begin their Black Friday shopping online after Thanksgiving dinner (22 percent), and one in five will shop immediately after dinner (18 percent). After returning home, take notes on where you saved or where you overspent. Determine if a return is even possible - especially if you are buying online.
Among these early sale items, which are available both in stores and online while supplies last, is the Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster, marked down 50% to $100.
Gift receipts and warranty information: Ask for a gift receipt that can be tucked into a gift item or card.
Finally, consumers should keep in mind that even if they miss a sale there will be many more opportunities for savings as we go through the long holiday shopping season.
Kelvin Collins is the president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia &the CSRA Inc.