Saving Money on Holiday Gifts
Shop Sales This year we are seeing more early-season sales than ever before. Wal*Mart and Amazon.com are just two retailers that are offering great deals on electronics in the weeks leading up the Black Friday.
These early sales are likely to rival Black Friday prices and similar to Black Friday, the quantities are limited. Be sure to be a smart shopper, however, because some stores are trying to lure early shoppers with “sales” that are no better than their every day prices. Compare prices before you buy to ensure you’re getting the best price.
Shopping early holiday sales are a great way to save a ton of money on a number of electronic items and toys. Currently, Amazon.com and Wal*Mart are each offering Buy 2 Get 1 Free specials on several types of video games, as well as steep discounts on televisions, computers, and other gadgets.
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Likewise, toys get deep discounts during these special sales which can be a great time to shop to really stretch your gift budget. Unfortunately, lots of people are looking to stretch their gift budgets, too, which means you’ll need to be prepared to wade through crowds of people and stand in never-ending lines.
Help fight the insanity by making a game plan before you go; this is probably not the time to wonder aimlessly through the aisles, or have your kids in tow. If you can get your hands on a sales flyer prior to the sale, make a list of the toys you are interested in and find someone to watch the wee ones.
Black Friday is the one-day mega sale the day following Thanksgiving, and kicks off the “official” holiday shopping season. Stores open early, some open very early.
To help make sense of the madness, sites like Black-Friday.net list all available Black Friday ads. Participating stores offer some amazing deals, and if you can stand the crowds, expect to save big on toys and electronics, as well as kitchen gadgets, clothing, linens, and door-buster items.
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Black Friday sales are often the best way to get that one big-ticket item your kids are dying for, especially if it is normally out of your price range. There are some drawbacks to shopping Black Friday sales.
First, quantities are often extremely limited on big-ticket items.
Second, you have to get up really, really early and deal with lots and lots of people. Of course, there are still decent deals later in the afternoon and the crowds general decrease as the morning wears on.
Bottom line: If you’re trying to maximize your gift budget and are feeling brave, hit the stores early-early. On the other hand, if you just can’t stand crowds and chaos, shop later in the day or wait for Cyber Monday.