Black Friday was once a whirlwind shopping day heralding the start of the holiday shopping season with much-needed door knocking, swollen crowds, winding queues and packed parking lots. The most ardent bargain hunters would even brave the freezing cold and camp outside stores to pick up the most coveted deals and save some cash.
Now shoppers are bombarded with “pre-Black Friday” sales at the end of September, from October to November, many of which can be purchased with just a few clicks from the comfort of a sofa. There are no queues, no parking spots to trap, and no need to step out in the middle of the night to be among the first to ambush stores when they open. Even early Black Friday ad breaks are rare.
However, there are still great deals offered exclusively on Black Friday and the days leading up to the cardinal consumer holiday. But before you rush out the door (or the computer), take a moment to plan your shopping adventure, because grabbing fleeting deals while saving money takes some finesse. Consider these tips to plan your getaways, get the best deals, and save money along the way.