Black Friday is coming! Waiting in the cold, smelling strangers' ginger bread latte breath and taking elbows to the face for a cheap flat screen sounds like fun, but Kyle James from Rather Be Shopping has ways to get the Black Friday savings without enduring the Black Friday insanity.
1. Shop Early
Many stores offer Black Friday teasers leading up to Black Friday. You know, Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, even Walmart will have Black Friday stuff before Black Friday. It's a great way to not have to go out and fight the crowd on Black Friday, and in many cases you can get the same deal by shopping earlier in the week.
2. Shop Late
Kyle's done the research and found some better deals after the big day. He can go back through his database and figure out the general date and it's held pretty true over the last seven or eight years. For example, Christmas toys, Saturday December 16. Apparel this year Friday, December 15. HDTVs, that weekend of December eighth through the tenth.
3. Pay a Bit More on eBay
Many of those people that stand in line buy up as many of those door busters as they can get their hands on. They'll go home and to try to turn a quick profit they'll put their loot up on eBay. So Kyle discovered if you go on eBay that Saturday, Sunday right after Black Friday, you can almost shop the Black Friday ads through eBay.
4. Shop the Costco Toy Aisle
They might not have a lot of variety, but they have a lot of the hot toys of the season. And in many cases, they're fifteen to forty percent cheaper than Amazon. If you're not a member, find a pal who is and give 'em the cash. And Costco buys in high volume, so when other stores run out of the hot toy, Costco still often has stock.
Are you heading out to do some shopping on Black Friday? Join the conversation!