Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - Are you ready to shop? We are a week away from the biggest shopping day of the year. Will you score the best deals? Here are some tips to keep in mind when hitting the sales.
Have your list ready. And prioritize it. Make sure you know what items you want the most and what the alternatives are in store if you don't get your hands on the hot TV deal. Put it on a note program in your phone, or make sure you have the list with you.
Plan your trip. Save gas, time and money by mapping out your trip before you go. Organize your shopping list in the order you are going to the stores and know the best routes.
Think beyond gifts. We see great discounts on gift items on Black Friday, but it's also the best time of year to pick up many new household items. If new bed sheets, towels, appliances and more are on your list, this is the time to shop.
Team shop. With cell phones and internet on the go, you have the best shot at scoring the deals by staying connected as you shop. If your friends are shopping at different stores, coordinate before you go and stay in touch to see who gets their hands on the items first. You have a better chance when you have more eyes on the prize.
Do your homework before you shop.
Checkout Black Friday previews
and ads. Google what you are looking for. Not only for prices, but reviews. Check out Sarah's Deals
for hot offers as they are found in store and online.
Don't forget your bonus offer. Many stores are offering gift cards or coupons with purchase. Pay attention to what you are supposed to get and make sure you take the gift card with you to the register or remember to pull the coupon off the printing machine.
Shop online from home.
There are offers that are only available in store, but many retailers are offering the majority of their sales from home. Plus, there will be deep discounts online for Cyber Monday. Use a Searchable Online Shopping Codes database
before you shop to save even more.