Black Friday Tips

Black Friday is upon us and for many in the military community this means getting all your shopping done before the weekend is out according to a study.

Black Friday is November 24, 2017 and Cyber Monday is on November 27, 2017.

  • Make a List/Stick to a Budget – Have a plan and now exactly what you’re looking for down to the size, make or model.  Know the prices for the exact produce before the sales start so you know you’re getting a deal.
  • Price Comparison – Review these sites to discover the great deals that will be out there.  Many of these sites allow you set up email or text alerts.
  • Price Match Guarantees – Military in-store and online exchanges offer price match guarantees on Black Friday and through December 25th.  Read individual exchange policies as there are limitations.  Such as the exchanges will not match advertised prices on doorbuster deals in limited quantity.Woman with credit card for Black Friday shopping
  • Check online before heading out – The online deals for the same product often go on sale before the doors open, even Thanksgiving night. Especially if you’re on the West coast as online sales can start on East coast time so you might be able to start buying the same in-store products early Thanksgiving night.
  • Rolling Deals – Many stores are trying to maintain interest in Black Friday throughout the door by offering rolling deals that start at various times throughout the day.
  • Discounted Gift Cards – Buy discounted gift cards online before heading out. Visit sites such as CardPool, GiftCardGranny and Raise.
  • Sign-up for Emails – Many offers are exclusive or only announced through newsletters.
  • Shop in-store Thanksgiving night – Check store hours but some stores will be open starting Thanksgiving night and some on Wednesday night.
  • Have a game plan – Get to the stores with the best deals first before everything is gone. Know where you’re going next so you don’t waste precious time.
  • Bring the ads/coupons – Retailers don’t always have everything in order so bring the ads in case you’re not seeing the advertised price on the digital camera you’re looking for.
  • Compare Prices – A deal is not always a deal especially for military families who get military discounts year round.
  • Keep your receipt – Some retailers don’t allow returns without receipts. Better yet, ask for a gift receipt, if it’s a gift.
  • Combine Black Friday deals with Military Discounts – If you see a great deal check to see if you get a military or veterans discount. Not all stores allow this so read the fine print or call ahead to confirm.
  • Local Commissaries – Check with your local commissary for Black Friday deals.
  • Military Exchanges – Review the Black Friday ads at the local exchanges, BXMarts, NEXMarts or CXMarts.  For Black Friday ads and sale information through the weekend Click Here.
  • Online Military Exchanges – Shop the online military exchange stores for additional Black Friday sales not available in-store.
  • Avoid Holiday Scams – Buy from trusted sources and beware that if the deal is too good to be true, it just might.
  • Wait for Cyber Monday – Didn’t find what you’re looking for?  That’s okay, don’t settle for the next best thing and wait til Cyber Monday to get you really want for that special someone.
  • Long Lines in the Freezing Cold – If you’re crazy enough to wait overnight for the stores to open just make sure you don’t eat the yellow snow.
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