The shopping event you’ve been dreading and waiting for all year long.
Once upon a time, you might have ran to your nearest DSW for some designer shoes. But now you have kids. All of your hard-earned cash goes into stocking up on the essentials and that ever-growing Christmas list. Now its more important than ever to save as much as you can in the limited time that you have.
My husband and I usually take a tactical approach to Black Friday, but last year, as new parents of a breastfed newborn, we had to do things a little differently. We had to shop smarter, quicker, and more efficiently in between naps.
The end result?
Even more savings and way, way less stress.
If you’re trying to figure out how to get the best Black Friday deals, then I think you’ll really like the tips below. These tips have helped us save more on Black Friday, reduce your line-time, and even earn money.
5 Last-Minute Hacks to Save More on Black Friday
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1 Shop Mostly Online
In-store shopping can be fun, but it also wastes time, money (more on that in a minute), and tires you out much quicker. Time is the best money-saver on Black Friday. Time that is better spent watching the flash sales with the Amazon app.
There are a few exceptions to this rule, obviously (some doorbusters just can’t be replicated online), but for the most part, try to focus your efforts on online sales.
My absolute favorite Black Friday online retailers are:
- Best Buy
- Amazon (Check out how to Find the best Black Friday deals on Amazon for baby and kids).
Related Post: The Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon for Baby and Kids
2 Plan Ahead with the Flipp App
If you’re going to shop in-store, planning ahead is essential.
The Flipp app is the easiest way I can think of to do that. It’s a free app that contains almost every ad from your local retailers. Once you find an ad or a promotion you like, simply tap on it to save it to your “clippings”. Your clippings tab holds your shopping list and a picture of every item you’ve saved. The screenshot below should give you an idea of what I’m talking about.
Last year, we went to about 3 stores. We bought the items we had saved on our Flipp app (plus a couple blu-rays by the cash register, dagnabit), and retreated back to our cave. It was amazing.
3 Sign Up for Ebates
What if I told you that you could actually EARN money on Black Friday?
In case you haven’t heard of it, Ebates is a free app that earns you cashback on qualified purchases. Basically, you sign into the app, click the retailers name, which redirects you to the retailer’s website where you make your purchases. By using the Ebates app before making your purchase, Ebates receives a small commission, which they then share with you.
Ebates does have an app for Android or iPhone, but I also use the desktop version the most. With the app, you have to intentionally search for the retailer you’re about to use. The desktop plugin sends you a reminder whenever you visit a qualified retailer’s site and all you have to do is hit activate.
When Black Friday rolls around, make sure you check the Ebates app before you make any purchases. And if you plan on making any purchases in-store, activate your debit card in their “wallet” feature so you’ll receive cashback for those purchases as well.
If you’d like to sign up, you can use this link to automatically get $10 or click the button below.
4 Activate Your Credit Card’s Extra Cashback
If you feel comfortable using a credit card on Black Friday, absolutely make sure that you activate any 5% extra cashback features on your credit card BEFORE the shopping starts.
Most major credit card companies offer 5% cashback on retailers during November for this exact reason (how convenient).
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5 Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome and Use Cash if Necessary
Having said all that…
You can only truly save money if you don’t spend it, right?
Brick and mortar retailers will have impulse items lining the halls and cash registers. You can also count on them to be scattered around big ticket items like landmines. To TRULY get the best savings on Black Friday, stick to your list and avoid these items (like super cheap blurays that you’ll never watch, cheap toys, or clothing accessories).
The best way to avoid impulse buys is to shop exclusively online. If you plan on shopping in-store, you may want to either leave your husband or kids at home, or give them a very specific task away from any goodies.
Personally, I like to take cash to purchase anything in-store. I know that equates to lost cashback from the credit cards, but let’s be honest, it’s only cash “back” if you don’t spend it.
That’s it! These Black Friday shopping tips are super simple, but if implemented, they can help you save more on Black Friday. Here’s your homework:
- Prepare to shop online. If you haven’t already, sign up for Amazon Prime. It’s free for 30 days and you’ll gain access to the best deals.
- Download the Flipp app. It’s the best thing since sliced bread (no, I’m not receiving a commission from Flipp, I just love it…)
- Sign up for Ebates to EARN money on Black Friday. Also, browse the retailers to see if your favorites can be used on Black Friday.
- Activate extra cashback on your credit cards.
- Bring cash if necessary
I think the key to a successful Black Friday expedition is planning. So, if you do plan on shopping online, check out our Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon for Baby & Kids post.
If you happen to read this before Black Friday, the post will have some easy hacks to help you score even more deals and prepare for the main event. However, on Thursday November 22nd, the post will “go live” with the best deals from Amazon.
This shortlist will help you sift through all of the crappy Amazon deals that simply waste your time. We’ll be updating the page frequently so you don’t miss one!
That’s it! Good luck with Black Friday! Happy hunting!