Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips for 2018

Oct 12,  · Some of us wait all year for the Black Friday shopping season, our heads filled with the promise of scoring the best price of the year on a new TV, tablet, printer, or high-tech gadget. But don't.

Check the return and exchange policies for Black Friday sales to make sure that the store won't charge a restocking fee for any item you bring back. But some stores might suspend their price-match guarantees during the Black Friday weekend on certain items, so read the fine print. But if you are sufficiently disciplined, buy with a credit card that doubles the manufacturer's warranty and then pay it off before any interest accrues.

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Create a budget—and stick to it. Yes, this sounds simple. But Black Friday sales, especially the doorbuster specials available in limited quantities, are designed to get you into a store so that the retailer can sell you something else.

And once there, it's easy to get caught up in the buying excitement. Decide ahead of time how much you want to spend on your Black Friday shopping spree, and do your best to resist impulse buying, especially if you're not sure how good a specific deal is.

If you find that you're too free with your charge cards, try buying with cash this year and see whether you have better self-control. But if you are sufficiently disciplined, buy with a credit card that doubles the manufacturer's warranty and then pay it off before any interest accrues. Check all store policies in advance.

It's always good to know a store's price-match and return policies. We expect more retailers to price-match specific online and in-store deals this year.

Almost all of the major retailers have some form of price-match policy, and they've been expanding them almost every year. But some stores might suspend their price-match guarantees during the Black Friday weekend on certain items, so read the fine print. Check the return and exchange policies for Black Friday sales to make sure that the store won't charge a restocking fee for any item you bring back. Televisions deserve some special attention because so many people shop for them at this time of year.

The TV aisle may have some of the best deals in the entire store—along with a few of the most confusing ones. Consider a "derivative" TV model. Starting in October, you may see low-priced TVs made specifically for Black Friday, and some are available only through a single retailer. For example, they may have fewer HDMI inputs or come with a simpler remote control.

Some of these TVs can be a good deal. It's hard to judge the quality of derivatives and new-for-the-holidays sets, and it's difficult to compare prices, too. Consumer Reports will report on heavily promoted sets as they come on the market, and help you pick out the better deals. You've just scored an awesome giant-screen 4K TV at an all-time low price, so don't blow your savings by splurging on pricey accessories or extended warranties.

This is where retailers make a lot of their money, hence the hard sell. Beware the cheapest set. You'll probably be watching your new TV for a number of years. If you're not happy with its features or picture quality, you could regret not spending an extra 50 bucks to get something better.

Also, those loss-leader TVs are usually at their rock-bottom price. A retailer may have more wiggle room on a step-up model or flagship model, and you shouldn't hesitate to ask for a better price during your Black Friday shopping—or throughout the year. Signing up for Black Friday shopping alerts will get you the early word on promotions, coupons, and discounts.

The Facebook pages and Twitter feeds of your favorite retailers are a great way to find out about deals and promotions. Retailers will often reward customers who like or follow them with special alerts to Black Friday discounts and incentives. And of course texts, tweets, and social media posts are an easy way to share Black Friday shopping intel with your friends.

Create a budget—and stick to it. Yes, this sounds simple. But Black Friday sales, especially the doorbuster specials available in limited quantities, are designed to get you into a store so that the retailer can sell you something else.

And once there, it's easy to get caught up in the buying excitement. Decide ahead of time how much you want to spend on your Black Friday shopping spree, and do your best to resist impulse buying, especially if you're not sure how good a specific deal is.

If you find that you're too free with your charge cards, try buying with cash this year and see whether you have better self-control. But if you are sufficiently disciplined, buy with a credit card that doubles the manufacturer's warranty and then pay it off before any interest accrues. Check all store policies in advance. It's always good to know a store's price-match and return policies. We expect more retailers to price-match specific online and in-store deals this year.

Almost all of the major retailers have some form of price-match policy, and they've been expanding them almost every year. But some stores might suspend their price-match guarantees during the Black Friday weekend on certain items, so read the fine print. Check the return and exchange policies for Black Friday sales to make sure that the store won't charge a restocking fee for any item you bring back. Televisions deserve some special attention because so many people shop for them at this time of year.

The TV aisle may have some of the best deals in the entire store—along with a few of the most confusing ones. Consider a "derivative" TV model. Starting in October, you may see low-priced TVs made specifically for Black Friday, and some are available only through a single retailer. For example, they may have fewer HDMI inputs or come with a simpler remote control. Some of these TVs can be a good deal. It's hard to judge the quality of derivatives and new-for-the-holidays sets, and it's difficult to compare prices, too.

Consumer Reports will report on heavily promoted sets as they come on the market, and help you pick out the better deals. You've just scored an awesome giant-screen 4K TV at an all-time low price, so don't blow your savings by splurging on pricey accessories or extended warranties. This is where retailers make a lot of their money, hence the hard sell.

Beware the cheapest set. You'll probably be watching your new TV for a number of years. If you're not happy with its features or picture quality, you could regret not spending an extra 50 bucks to get something better. Also, those loss-leader TVs are usually at their rock-bottom price. A retailer may have more wiggle room on a step-up model or flagship model, and you shouldn't hesitate to ask for a better price during your Black Friday shopping—or throughout the year.

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Black Friday has become the official day to find the best holiday shopping sales. Online and traditional stores are famous for having hot deals after Thanksgiving to showcase the lowest prices on this year's most popular gift items. 5 days ago · Some of us wait all year for the Black Friday shopping season, our heads filled with the promise of scoring the best price of the year on a new TV, tablet, printer, or high-tech gadget. But don't. Oct 12,  · Some of us wait all year for the Black Friday shopping season, our heads filled with the promise of scoring the best price of the year on a new TV, tablet, printer, or high-tech gadget. But don't.