Black Friday Shopping Tips

black friday shopping tips

Although it's still a few weeks away, Black Friday pandemonium is taking over everyone's thoughts. Late nights, sore feet and pajamas perfectly describe the madness that happens after Thanksgiving. And what possibly could drive people out of their warm, safe environments into the streets of the shopping world? The deals and promotions offered on Black Friday are steals compared to how much products cost throughout the year.

Navigating the crowds and routing a plan are hard enough when deals are everywhere and don't know where to start. However, have no more fears because Terracotta has the perfect guide and tips to conquering Black Friday.

Get an Early Start: Eat your turkey in a timely manner because you don't want that to slow you down for the race of a lifetime! With stores opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, shoppers must be prepared to flood the streets to complete their shopping lists. With that said, make note of store operation hours and visit stores that have a smaller operation window. That will ensure you that you'll be able to snag what you want before inventory runs out.

Set a Spending Limit: Create a list of what you need, set a budget and stick to it! There's no room for added impulse purchases that could end up harming your family's financial stability.

Shop Off-Price stores: For huge savings, places such as Wal-Mart and Amazon cross the mind. However, consumers forget about stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Ross who sell designer products at discount prices all year-round. Not only does it ensure quality merchandise, but it also allows you to buy what you want at 20%-60% off full price. Also, outlet centers offer great promotions and discounts on manufacturer prices.

Research Early: Save ad clippings, scout online websites and compare items across different stores. The more knowledge going into the Black Friday craze, the better off you'll be. Strategize a game plan of items you want so you know what to look for when you enter the store.

Apps, Apps, Apps: Have a smartphone? Use it! Technology has revolutionized everything in our world, and if used properly, it can help clear the clutter of all the Black Friday sales. Download apps, sign up for email notifications and text alerts so you can be the first to know of new sales. Sites like can help sift through sales, while and specialize in showing Target and Wal-Mart promotions, repsectively.

This year, keep an eye out for Terracotta New York's special promotions and sales on our fabulous scarves, ties and bow ties. You never know what Cyber Monday will bring!

Sources: Forbes, Sun Sentinel and VPSRVR

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