Black Friday may be a month away but let’s face it, those items you’ve kept in your shopping cart are looking more and more tempting to buy this upcoming holiday season. If you don’t have anything saved, then it’s time to get started with this list of tips that will help you be prepared for this year’s Black Friday.
Dates to Remember
This year’s Black Friday is on November 29th and Cyber Monday is on December 2nd. However, be prepared for sales to start the week prior to Black Friday. If you don’t have much cash to spend at the moment, it’s okay, you still have a chance to get great sales in early January, especially some double marked down items!
What to Look for
One of any shoppers’ biggest troubles is not falling down the rabbit hole of looking at every clothing category. Know what you are searching for by deciding what you need versus what you really want. Make a list of must haves, like a cozy new sweatshirt or a pair of new boots, to get you through Blacksburg’s freezing winter. Then, start looking for those additional pieces, like jewelry or bags that you can get with whatever spare cash you have leftover. Once you’ve figured this, out go ahead and bookmark items that you want or know you will want once sales hit. Be ready to buy because sizes are likely to sell out quickly if it’s a hot item!
Designer Shopping Sites
If you’ve always wanted a certain high-end designer piece, Black Friday sales season is the perfect time to get it. Some sites to start looking at are Nordstrom, SSENSE, Browns Fashion, and Sak’s off Fifth. Nordstrom are reportedly going to have a massive amount of reductions, with thousands of items being included in the sale according to People.com. We can also expect another amazing sale from Browns that includes 20% off the whole site and additional items with an extra 60% off.
General Shopping Sites
An obvious site is Amazon, which will have sales likely on any imaginable product you can think of purchasing. One tool to help you shop is Camelcamelcamel, which is an online site that tracks the prices of every item on Amazon. You can see trends of a product and see when it goes on sale at specific times of the year. Other sites that are bound to have great sales, and some of which are already having sales right now, include Ulta, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, and ASOS.
Some last extra tips that are going to help your shopping experience is to, first, sign up for store email lists. No matter how annoying they might be, this is the time of year to actually start reading those emails to get up-to-date sales updates. Second, is to sign up for store credit or rewards programs, because if you plan on spending mostly on a particular site then it is definitely worth while. Lastly, is be prepared to shop. Sales will start at exactly midnight for most sites, so if you don’t want to miss out on that perfect sale, have your shopping cart ready!