How to Save Money on Black Friday – 9 Tips

Black Friday is one of the most expensive times to go shopping if you are unprepared and that is why it is so important to learn the best tips to save money.

I like to set myself up for a successful shopping experience that will be full of as many savings as possible.

Here are the 9 best tips to use in preparation for Black Friday:

Trick the Online Shopping Cart

Check Out Mom and Pop Stores

Research the Full Retail Pricing for Each Item

Follow the Big Retailers on Social Media

Familiarize Yourself with The Return Policies

Plan Out Your Shopping Trip

Download and Use Coupon Apps

Make a List and Stick to It

Dress Comfortably

Using these tips will almost definitely save you money on this big shopping day.

Through this post I will focus on the best tips to learn how to save money on Black Friday.

Trick the Online Shopping Cart

Tricking the online shopping cart for big retailers could land you extra deals and savings potential.

Try loading up the cart in the weeks leading up to the Black Friday weekend and then taking all of these items out of the shopping cart a few days before the big weekend starts.

If you do this, then you will sometimes get a promotional deal or discount sent to you from the big retailers to help entice you to shop there.

Loading up your shopping cart with a ton of items, especially expensive items, and then taking them all out of your cart, should get a response from these bigger retailers because they don’t want to lose your business.

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Trick the Shopping Cart


Check Out Mom and Pop Stores

Going to smaller stores, such as Mom and Pop stores, could give you sweet deals that are extra low compared to the big retailers.

The big retailers can only go so low for their pricing but the smaller Mom and Pop stores are able to go lower for specific items that they want to sell.

For most of the year Mom and Pop stores are going to cost you more but during this particular weekend you could get some extra savings.

I have been able to find some great deals at some smaller stores when I was just going there to price check. You never know what these stores could hold until you check it out.

But be sure to only buy items that are on your list and nothing extra if you really want to save money.

Research the Full Retail Pricing for Each Item

Do some research on the full retail price for each item on your shopping list before going shopping. If you do this research, you will know whether the item that you are trying to buy is actually a good price or if you could find a better offer somewhere else.

Set up price alerts on each item that you want to buy a few weeks before Black Friday weekend and watch how the price of those items will change a lot.

Once you know the full retail price of an item, you have the information to save the most money.

Many big sales that stores have going on are actually reducing the cost from a super expensive price to a price that is actually the normal retail price.

Develop a deeper understanding of what is a good deal and what is not a good deal.

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Follow the Big Retailers to Get Special Deals

Follow the Big Retailers on Social Media

Following the big retailers on social media will allow you to get extra promotional deals exclusively for people who are followers on social media.

You can sign up and follow each of the main retailers you plan to use during the shopping season. Then you can unsubscribe during the rest of the year if you don’t want to get over loaded with advertisements and promotional deals.

These retailers should send you some last minute promotional deals that you can use for the big shopping weekend.

Following your favorite retailers on Instagram or Facebook could give you extra savings for the big weekend.

Following these big retailers all year long will continue to give you access to deals and if you are already going to be shopping at these stores, then you will be able to save more all year long.

Familiarize Yourself with The Return Policies

Familiarize yourself with each store’s return policies and the basics of how to return an item to give you the best chance of getting that item refunded.

I have bought many items with the goal of using them a lot but ended up not needing them and returned them for a full refund or store credit.

Always bring the physical receipt and check how long you can wait before returning an item because this will give you the strongest chance of getting a refund.

Each store is different about whether they will give you 2 weeks, 6 months or even a year before you have to return an item for any kind of cash or store credit. Also, some stores will give you cash whereas as some are only going to give you store credit.

If you buy a gift card, keep the receipt for later just in case. This receipt could help you get a full refund and speed the process along.

Be as prepared as possible when you go into the store to return something and bring the following:

  • Original Reciept
  • Date You Purchased the Item, just to help speed the process if you have a damaged receipt or no receipt
  • What Card you used to Pay for the item
  • The Item, as brand new as possible

There are times when you can return items with no receipt but always try to be as prepared as possible and read up on each store’s return policy.

Especially during the return of any item, you should try to be as nice as possible because this can help you have a better chance of getting cash or store credit for this purchase.

A lot of people do not return the items that they buy simply because the store that they are hoping to return them to only officially says that they can only return items under certain conditions.

If you are nice during the whole process, then you should be able to have a much better chance at getting a refund even if the official policy of the store is to not give out refunds.

Plan Out Your Shopping Trip

Plan out where you are going to go shopping and figure out what the order will be so that you are prepared. By taking the time to plan out your shopping trip you will be able to efficiently go from one store to the other and get what you are wanting.

Planning out the stops will help you be efficient with your time and not waste energy going all over town.

I like to regularly write down a note in my phone to remind me to complete the following items on my to do list in a specific order.

Shopping during Black Friday can turn into a pretty full day and can be very exhausting. This makes it even more important to have a list to help you be as efficient and effective with your time.

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Download and Use Coupon Apps

Download and Use Coupon Apps

Use certain coupon apps to save while you are shopping to help keep you from spending more than you need to.

There are two shopping apps that I like to use including:

  • Shopular
  • TheBlackFriday app

Shopular is an app that provides you with relevant deals that are close to you as you are shopping. This resource is easy to use and has many features that could save you money including one that could give you 20% off select purchases.

You can even interact in the Shopular community to learn about specific savings that other people are having and you can post any successful savings that you have had too.

TheBlackFriday app is designed to save you the most during this big shopping weekend. You sign up with your email address and then this resource will send you alerts about any price changes on the items that you are hoping to buy.

This app will send the Black Friday shopping advertisements once they are released to give you extra information to help you know where to get the best deals.

It also gives deals out all year long so it is not only great for shopping during the holiday season.

Use Shopular and The Black Friday apps because these two apps can be used easily while you are shopping and will save you some.

Make a List and Stick to It

Making a list and sticking to it will absolutely save you a ton of money because it will restrict you from buying extra stuff.

There are going to be a lot of deals going on during Black Friday but it very important to stick to your list because this will keep you from spending much more than you were hoping to spend.

I always make a list at home of the items that I am looking for and then stick to this list. Doing this will always give you the best chance at only spending money on what you are supposed to.

If you are ever in doubt about whether you should buy something or not, revert back to the list and if the item is not on the list, then do not buy the item.

Dress Comfortably

Dress comfortably so that you are ready to go from the cold outside temperatures to the hot indoor shopping store temperatures.

This will help you be able to search each store and not become too hot or cold as you go from store to store.

The fall weather can often be very chilly at times and so dressing in whatever feels comfortably warm will set you up for success.

But also bring easy to pull off layers, or easy to put on layers so that you can stay on the move.

Dressing more comfortably will help you have a much more enjoyable shopping experience but also will help you stay focused on getting the items on your shopping list completed.

Save Big on Black Friday

Use the tips in this post to save more money while still getting all the items on your shopping list. It is important to remember that Black Friday is the beginning of the shopping season.

You don’t have to get all the items on your shopping list bought on this day to get great deals. You can always go shopping on Saturday or Cyber Monday to get great deals.

If you are looking for other ways to save money, then read How to Save Money for Clothes.

I hope that you liked this post and learned some helpful information on how to save money on Black Friday shopping.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below and I will answer them as best as I can.

10 Replies to “How to Save Money on Black Friday – 9 Tips”

  1. Great tips you’ve got here, preparing your budget and sticking to it if you are to save. Including those two apps that help you to save even more if you know the prices beforehand you are likely to know how many items you’ll get and how much you’ll safe. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Wow, what a useful article! I honestly never thought of the 1st advice, namely to trick the online cart. That is completely new to me and I’m so glad you wrote it down as I’m doing most of my shoppings online. From now on I will definitely use this trick! The whole article is so detailed and helps to prepare well ahead of Black Friday.

    1. Great ideas to save money on Black Friday. Out of all nine ways I can really identify with making a list and sticking to it. In the past, I’ve wasted money money then I care to think about. I’ll definitely use a list this Black Friday.

  3. Wow – you are so helpful and your ideas to prepare had honestly never crossed my mind – wasn’t ever aware of the shopping cart trick – and now getting those bonus offers and coupons by email etc make much more sense – budgets and ways to save matter to mostly all of us now – big thank you !!

  4. These were definitely new Black Friday shopping tips to me, great and helpful ones.
    I usually hate going anywhere on Black Friday because people tend to go a little crazy but these are a few great ways to keep it simple. I have never heard of the tricking the shopping cart one. I have totally removed things from my cart and received emails about still buying them and stuff so that makes sense! Great idea.
    Easy to read article too, appreciate the black and white simple format.

    1. I am glad that you found some new shopping tips for Black Friday!
      Black Friday can be such a busy day to try and physically buy anything. But many of these tips can still be useful if you buy items online.
      I am happy that you liked this post!

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