Judging from the massive marketing blitz and predictable purchasing frenzy, one could make the argument that Black Friday is a holiday all its own. But despite the fact that we all have that one friend who feels like it’s perfectly acceptable to listen to Christmas music as soon as Halloween is over (it’s not ok—but that’s another post for a different blog), the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally considered to be the official start of the Christmas season.
With this yearly retail extravaganza just around the corner, you might be asking yourself, “What will an estimated 174 million Americans do on Black Friday this year?” Before you start googling, we’ll save you the research. They’ll spend the day—the entire weekend, actually—shopping. Wait. You knew that already? Fair enough. Did you know that the average Black Friday shopper is expected to spend more than $500? Even though we’re dealing in estimates and averages, that adds up to a lot of people and purchasing!
As online and mobile sales increase, the traditional Black Friday crowds may thin out a little—but not much. Even though 2017 saw a 4% drop in the number of in-store shoppers compared to the previous year, there were still more than 102 million people that joined the retail masses. So, with millions of people frantically scouring stores for the best deals of the season and even more hunting for deals on their smartphones, a little strategy may help you keep the holiday shopping season merry and bright!
While there are probably as many shopping hacks as there are shoppers, we’ve narrowed the suggestions down for you. Here are 7 ideas to help you survive Black Friday with your sanity and your budget intact:
Hopefully, these ideas will help you save some money this winter holiday season and have a little more fun in the process. When the new year rolls around, it will be a great time to start planning ahead for Black Friday 2019. To avoid any last-minute budget crunches, come talk to us about setting up a Holiday Club account. Setting aside money throughout the year is a great way to avoid financial stress and focus on the festivities!
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