Preparing for Black Friday and Holiday Shopping

I am a frugal shopper and love deals and search high and low for deals all year. When it comes to holiday shopping I make sure I use Black Friday to my full advantage to stretch my budget the farthest that I can. Last year in November, I was pregnant and the idea of going to the mall seemed beyond overwhelming, this year I have a 9-month-old who doesn’t like to stay still so again the mall is not a place I want to be, so a lot of my holiday shopping is done online. This year Black Friday is Friday November 23rd in Canada and kicks off the holiday shopping season. Here are some tips to help you start preparing for Black Friday and Holiday Shopping.

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Tip #1: Amazon Prime

Reasons you NEED Amazon Prime this Holiday Season

  1. Saves me tons of time as I can do all my shopping online
  2. Saves money as Amazon always offers deals
  3. Amazon Prime is amazing during the Holiday season as it allows you to get products SUPER FAST and allows you access to some exclusive Amazon Prime Deals.
  4. I love that when I need something I just search for it and buy it and don’t have to worry about spending $35 for FREE SHIPPING.
  5. It is so convenient that I needed a baby item earlier this year and Amazon was able to get it to me within 12 hours which was amazing.
  6. Amazing customer Service: They are great about returning and refunding products if your unhappy even if it has been over 30 days.

You can get a free 30-day trial, so I suggest that on November 20ish you sign up and try it out for your Holiday Shopping. Or if you are not ready to commit for a full membership you can pay $7.99 a month and cancel at anytime.

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Tip #2: Plan Out Your Holiday Budget

 If you have been following the Mama Money Management Series, then you have recently created a budget which will help you stay on task for your holiday shopping. Look at your Budget and any more that is leftover after all expenses have been paid is considered your disposable income and you can use it on holiday shopping. Now if you are on a strict tight budget and don’t have any leftover money then you will need to figure out where you can make cuts to come up with the money you need.

It is important to determine what you can afford to spend on your holiday shopping and to avoid overspending on your credit cards. Make sure when you determine your holiday budget you include gifts, food, and decorations. Make a list of everyone you need to buy gifts for and how much you would like to spend on each person. Don’t forget about the cost of Christmas cards if you plan on sending those out.

In our household we collect PC points on our credit card all year. We do all our grocery shopping at PC stores such as Fortinos and Superstore and try to buy all gas at ESSO to maximize our points. Then in December we use our balance of PC points to pay for our groceries and then take our grocery budget and use it as our holiday spending. This plan works perfectly and ensures that we don’t go into debt over the holidays.

Tip #3: Know Your Prices

It is important to know when something is a good deal or just appears to be a sale. I suggest a week before Black Friday do a google search of the items you plan to buy and note down their original prices, that way on Black Friday you will know how the sale price compares to the original. Amazon sometimes can be sneaky and make it look like you are getting a higher percentage of saving by increasing the price of the item on sale days and then discounting the higher price rather than the original. If you are out in stores it can be hard to tell if something is a good deal or not, that’s why I keep my phone handy. You can use apps like Flipp to help you quickly compare prices or determine what store has the best deal as Flipp searches all stores for the product you type in.  By knowing your prices, you are determining that you get the best deal possible.

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Tip #4: Price Match

Many stores will price match deals offered by other stores, so shopping around can save you time and money.  Rather than go to a store that is busy with long lines, you can price match for the same deal at another retailer.  This time of year is also a great time to look for new cable and internet packages from stores like Rogers and Bell, as they offer packages at a reduced rate.

Tip #5: Double Up

Make sure if you are buying in store that you use loyalty points for their store. Black Friday is a great time to take advantage of these loyalty programs by either cashing in what you have already earned to lower or eliminating the balance you must pay or by earning more rewards so that you can save them up for later.  By using loyalty points, you can save yourself money and stretch that budget further.

Now that you have these 5 tips you are better prepared to target your holiday shopping in a debt free way! By having a plan, you can feel confident that you can find some great deals this holiday season.

Don’t forget to get your Holiday Labels!

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