Get Ready for Black Friday 2014

Black Friday has always been a shopper’s dream day or worst nightmare, depending on how you approach it. There’s no such thing as preparing for the day when the biggest deals can be found across the country. It used to be that Black Friday was an American “thing”, but in recent years, the practice has spread across the globe, with countries such as the UK, Australia, and Mexico.

This year, Black Friday is on November 28, but shops will probably start offering attractive deals starting Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday.


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It’s just mid-October, but you’ve got to get your ducks all lined up before the deals start pouring in. Otherwise, you might find yourself in the midst of a riot in a Walmart or Target.

The good thing is that you can do most of your Black Friday 2014 shopping online, but you have to prepare for that as well as everyone and their mom (add cousins and nephews to that) will probably be doing the same thing.

A few pointers to make the most of Black Friday 2014 and geek out on your purchases:

Hoard your money.

Whatever extra cash you have right now, keep it. Don’t be tempted to buy the next shiny thing that catches your eye – online or offline. Put that money aside, and keep reminding yourself of the reward: Black Friday deals.

If you want a buffer, apply for interest-free credit card NOW. By the time the sales start pouring in, you’ll have your cash AND a credit card to make the purchases you want. Notice the emphasis on “interest-free” because this kind of card is what you want as you won’t be bogged down in debt by finance charges with interest during the 0% interest period. An important consideration here is that you should take note of the interest-free period and pay everything back by then so you’ll be able to use the card again come the next holiday shopping spree.

Another thing to consider is to look at websites which compare credit cards so that you’ll have the best choices. Here are a few examples:

Keep your eyes on websites known for great Black Friday deals.

While you can find great deals from other sites, start with the usual suspects as they do major price slashes on some of the most wanted items, especially when it comes to gadgets. As early as now, periodically check their sites for news and hints. You can even sign up for newsletters or email lists just so you can keep up-to-date on what’s happening.

Here are several sites which you will want to monitor:

Make a list.

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Black Friday can make you go shopping crazy, and you might end up buying more than you can afford, so while you get to enjoy the high that comes with Black Friday, why not try to be responsible this year? This way, you’ll still have enough to ride the Christmas shopping fever (yeah, we’re responsible like that – looking ahead).

One way to do this is to list down all the things that you want to buy. Don’t think of what “might” be on sale. Just write down what comes to mind.

Once you’ve got them all written down, prioritize them. Even better, create categories. For example:

  • Column 1: Shut up and take my money.
  • Column 2: Want, but can do without if an item in column 1 is a little more expensive than I expected.
  • Column 3: Want, but only if it’s an offer I can’t reject.

You get the idea…

This way, you won’t get all caught up in the bevy of shiny things come Black Friday.

Are we taking things too seriously? You might think that, but you can thank us later when you get the most out of the biggest sale period of the year.

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