8 Tips for Toy Shopping on Black Friday
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the many toys on your children’s wish list. Alone, they’re not too expensive, but if you go too crazy, everything will add up in the end. Aside from browsing through sale and clearance items, we’ve put together some hot tips that will make your kids happy without putting too big of a dent in your wallet.
Ask early – If you’re like most parents, your kids have been throwing you ideas left and right for months. A few days before Black Friday, ask them to write down a list of the things they want the most. Having this ahead of time will help you plan your shopping trip.
Grab more than one newspaper – Thanksgiving Day newspapers are filled with great sales and coupons for Black Friday. Although stores usually limit you to one coupon per person, cutting out two or three will be a big help if you have friends or family members come shopping with you.
Make a budget – Don’t just use the list your kids gave you. Instead, make a list of everyone you want to shop for (not just those who want toys) and write down how much you want to spend for each. At the bottom of the page, total up your budget and circle it with a colorful pen. Try your best to stick to this amount when you’re out shopping…even if you walk past a great deal that’s hard to pass up.
Make a plan – After finding the best sales and cutting the best coupons, make a plan of where you want to go on Black Friday. You can base this on several factors like who’s having the best sale, when each store opens, and more.
Be an early bird – Although you’ll have to fight the crowds, being an early bird usually pays off. Many stores offer the hottest toys in limited quantities and it’s always at the beginning of the day. So, waiting in line and bearing the crowds at 5 a.m. might be your ticket to great savings.
Make sure you’re actually getting a deal – Just because a deal is offered for Black Friday doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best deal you’re going to get. Do some research before heading out to shop. You may find you can get the exact same toy somewhere else without spending quite as much money.
Look beyond the brand – Some stores may carry generic toys that are very similar to the name brand ones…so similar that your kids won’t know the difference. When you can, shop these toys and save yourself a few bucks. It’ll add up in the long run.
Save even more with “triple plays” – Most shoppers have two things in mind – in-store sales and coupons. But have you ever thought about cash back rebates? Check for these offers when you’re out shopping because mailing in this rebates could mean an extra $20 or $30 back in your pocket.
Keep in mind the above tips to save yourself much time and stress when shopping for toys over the holiday season.
About the Author:
Jon Vincent turned his obsession with Black Friday ads into a website – and a career! He’s been interviewed about his website, BlackFriday.info, by the New York Times, CNN, Tech Crunch and more. When he’s not hunting down Black Friday ad leaks he stays busy by writing frugality and savings advice.