For dedicated deal hunters, Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping frenzy. With sales starting earlier and earlier, those elusive “doorbuster deals” can be hard to get your hands on. Whether you’re a seasoned Black Friday pro, or considering joining the crowds this year, your computer or smart phone can help you plan your Black Friday attack before you even set foot in a store.
Just how can technology help you strategize this Black Friday? Take a look!
Preview the ads: You don’t have to wait for Friday’s early morning paper to peruse the money saving Black Friday ads. Fire up your computer and check out blackfriday by BradsDeals for Black Friday preview ads from major retailers. Use ad previews to compare prices along with the store hours tab to plan your day.
Plan your strategy: For a plethora of tips on how to make the most of your limited time and resources, check out valuable Black Friday insider information provided by dealnews.com. Whether you’re interested in learning the truth behind 14 Black Friday Myths, gathering a list of stores that offer price matching, or picking up incredible online shopping tips, dealnews.com is your money saving source for the holidays. With a little research, you can shop like a pro this Black Friday, even if it’s your first year!
Leverage your social connections: Register for your favorite stores’ loyalty programs, sign up for their email notifications, connect via social media, and download their mobile shopping apps for access to exclusive discounts, coupons and sale previews not released to the general public. According to dealnews.com, “Many stores now offer dedicated shopping apps, Twitter feeds, and Facebook pages where followers are rewarded with exclusive discounts and coupon codes.” Lowes, Sears, Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Target have all offered special privileges to members of their loyalty programs or credit cards. Armed with loyal customer perks, you’ll have an even better chance at snagging those limited-supply items on sale.
Save money with your smart phone: More and more shoppers are using handheld electronics, particularly smart phones, to compare prices of items in retail stores with what’s available online or even across the street. Some call it “showrooming” – checking out a product in a “brick-and-mortar” store before buying it online for less. Retailers aren’t blind to this practice and in order to encourage shoppers to purchase in-store, many retailers are improving their price-matching offers. For example, through December 24th, Target will match the price of the same item online. Best Buy is offering a similar short-term price matching with a few additional exceptions (see store or website for full details). If you take a few extra moments to use a price comparison app such as ShopSavvy (available for iPhone, Android and Windows phone) and find an item for less at a major competitor, you might be able to snag a better price without ever leaving the store.
Good luck, brave shoppers!
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