Tips for Effective Black Friday Shopping

Whether you live in Philadelphia, Doylestown, or Lansdale, no doubt you’ve already started getting holiday shopping wish lists from your family. These lists may look like they’re full of expensive items and may even stress you out over how you’ll get and afford everything. But there’s a day each year when you can get the best deals on the today’s latest products.

Black Friday marks the official start of the holiday shopping season, and this day features some of the best sales and specials. So if you’re looking to save some money on your holiday gifts, Black Friday is the perfect day to shop.

However, it can get stressful with the number of people in the malls and stores all over Pennsylvania on Black Friday. So here are a few tips to make this year’s biggest shopping day a bit easier to handle.

Plan and prepare: Preparing a game plan for your Black Friday shopping will give you the upper hand for getting in and out of stores quickly and efficiently. Make a list of the items you think you should grab first. These items could be popular and may sell out quickly or they could just be in the easiest to get to once you’re in the store. 

Also, go to the stores you plan to shop at on Black Friday a couple days beforehand so you can see the layout and find out where the products you need to get are located. When Black Friday rolls around, you’ll be able to stick to your list, find the items you need to buy, and get in and out of the stores as fast as possible while getting everything you need. 

Compare prices: Most stores put out fliers specifically for Black Friday shopping, listing all of the deals they’ll be offering that day. Check them out to see where you can get the best deals to help with your preparations because, for example, the tablet you want to buy may cost one price at Best Buy and another at Target. 

If you don’t have enough time to check the fliers or online for sales, you can compare prices with certain barcode scanner apps for your smartphone while you’re shopping. The RedLaser app for both iPhone and Android phones lets you compare prices by scanning a product’s bar code. Plus this app can give you in-store coupons for extra savings. 

Arrive early: It’s guaranteed that Black Friday sales will draw tons of people to stores and malls all over Center City Philadelphia, Doylestown, Lansdale, and the rest of Pennsylvania.

And if you’re looking to avoid lines and crowds and want to be the first one in the store, then it’s best to get to where you need to shop as early as possible. While not all malls and stores have announced their holiday hours, it’s safe to assume that some may open their doors as early as 6 pm on Thanksgiving.

In addition, arriving early not only gets you into stores faster, but it may also guarantee you a prime parking spot. 

Black Friday is almost here, and while we can all agree that shopping during this hectic time may lead to stress, it can be avoided by following the tips above and, most importantly, staying safe.

Don’t forget to stop in Montgomeryville Acura during your shopping travels!

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