Are you a Black Friday shopper? My dad, my sister and I used to go every year in the wee hours of the morning. We would plan it out, bundle up and fight the crowds – oh, and yes, we’d snag some great black Friday deals. Lately, however, stores have been vamping up their online Black Friday deals. Have you ever done your Black Friday shopping online?
You might not look at Black Friday shopping the same way again once you read these 5 secrets to shopping Online Black Friday deals. I promise, these easy tips will help you save big this season without getting out of your pjs. 🙂
1. Black Friday online deals start BEFORE Black Friday!
That’s right! You can snag some terrific deals online BEFORE Black Friday. Last year there were a lot of stores that started their sales as early as the Saturday before Thanksgiving! Now, we never know exactly what will be on sale or what the price will be, but it pays to be prepared. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather sit in my comfy pants waiting for a great sale to pop up, then fighting the crowds in a store in the middle of the night. 😉
The best way to be prepared? Be sure to sign up for Text Alerts. You will get the best deals sent straight to your cell phone so you won’t miss it. You can also join the Coupon Closet Chat Room on Facebook. We always post the latest and greatest deals here, so you’ll see them as soon as they are available.
Last year, these stores went live before Black Friday: Lowes, Kmart, Kohl’s, Sears and Target. It is likely these stores (and probably more) will do the same again this year.
2. Save MORE online than in the store
What? You mean I don’t have to fight the crowds and spill my coffee to get the best deal? That’s right! Once Black Friday starts (actually the Thanksgiving night for some stores) you will notice there isn’t a coupon or coupon code in sight. However, BEFORE Black Friday, many stores will offer coupons and coupon codes. Last year I noticed that Kohl’s had coupon codes AND Kohl’s Cash available PLUS, they were offering some killer Black Friday deals BEFORE black friday ever started. So, coupons + Kohl’s Cash + Black Friday prices = HOT deals! Don’t forget, you can enjoy these great savings in your pajamas. 😉
Another reason you might save more if you do online shopping – Loss Leaders. You know, those well below market prices stores use to lure you into the store… they are banking on the fact that you’ll probably buy more items in the store that are marked up. If you shop online, you may just stick to only the very best deals.
3. BEST prices are normally EARLY in the morning or late at night
Call me crazy, but I kind of like Black Friday shopping in the store. With these early Online Black Friday sales starting as early as Wednesday before Thanksgiving, you can have the best of BOTH worlds! Shocking, I know, but you are likely to find many, many great deals BEFORE Black Friday! A lot of “Black Friday” pricing will start the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or even on Thanksgiving day. Let the guys sit back and digest the Turkey dinner while watching some football – I’d rather be shopping (online that is)!
You can shop online and grab great deals for yourself and then head out on Thanksgiving night or early Friday morning to grab the best deals in the store! This is what I did last year and I was able to score some great deals – both online AND in the stores. Black Friday shopping, whether online or in stores (or both) can get overwhelming.
4. Online deals will sell out
It’s sad when you miss a deal, but it happens. Just like in the store, online deals will also sell out – the better the deal, the faster it goes. Make sure you don’t miss a deal by signing up for Text Alerts (great deals sent straight to your cell phone via a text message). You should also join the Coupon Closet Chat Room on Facebook where we post the latest and greatest deals as soon as we find them. You will get notifications as soon as we find a great deal, so hopefully you will be able to save big on what you are looking for.
5. Amazon will match most in store prices BEFORE Black Friday.
In the past few years I have noticed that Amazon has price matched most black Friday deals before black Friday actually hits. This was an easy way for me to save last year. Plus I am a HUGE fan of Amazon, so it worked perfectly for me. Make sure you keep an eye out for all the Amazon deals we post here because we are already seeing HUGE price drops.
What do you think? Will you try your hand at Online Black Friday shopping this year? Whether you are a seasoned Black Friday shopper or someone who has sworn to never do it, shopping Online Black Friday deals can enable you to score some fabulous deals, thus stretching your holiday budget. Sounds like a win-win to me! 😉
Also, if you plan on doing some online black friday shopping, make sure you bookmark our DEALS page where we will update it with the BEST black friday deals we can find.