No matter how frugal you are, you’ve probably seen or heard of the Costco Black Friday Weekly ads. Besides being a great day to get discounts on desired current-year gadgets, appliances, and clothing, it also serves as the formal start of the Christmas shopping season.
Our Black Friday shopping guide lists the best bargain tips from one of the country’s biggest shops, Costco. Take a look to get an idea of what to anticipate.
Know Your Budget and Stick To It
On Black Friday 2018, shoppers spent an average of $313, according to the National Retail Federation. Even if it was down from the previous year, it was still a significant sum of money.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average weekly wage for a full-time worker is $9994. Spending on Black Friday Weekly Ads is one exceptional area where being below average is acceptable.
If you can avoid the temptation of splurging during a once-in-a-season bargain, your pocketbook will appreciate your discipline.
Instead of blowing all of your money on Black Friday, have a plan and adhere to it before you shop. Be sure to make a list of the people and the things you’ll be buying before starting your shopping spree.
Include an estimate of how much each of these goods will cost. That’s your strict spending limit; anything more is out of the question.
If you’re planning on shopping on Black Friday, take the following advice to determine the actual cost of each item, stretch your budget farther, and perhaps come out ahead of schedule.
Research Pricing in Advance of Black Friday
When is a bargain no longer a deal because of a discount? When a grossly inflated sticker price is reduced to anything close to its fair market worth due to price reduction.
Set price alerts for exact match and comparable items you intend to purchase during the holiday shopping season in the weeks and months running up to Black Friday. Please pay attention to whether or not they alter over time, as well as what the pre-holiday sale pricing seems to be. To be on the safe side, watch out for pre-holiday price increases that may be gimmicks disguised as savings. In addition, don’t be afraid to take advantage of an excellent offer before Thanksgiving (or, as the case may be, Black Friday “week” or “month”).
Use social media to keep up with Costco
Even while this advice pays off year-round, businesses ramp up promotional activities and offer last-minute discounts in greater numbers around the holidays.
Start looking for Black Friday 2021 weekly ads and one-time deal announcements a few weeks before the big day. If you’re on Facebook, be sure to “like” and “follow” the pages of your favorite merchants.
Remember that if you follow them, you’ll likely begin getting targeted advertisements, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your interest in advertising and your Black Friday buying plan. Your retail Facebook advertising may be well-targeted to your preferences if your privacy settings and surfing patterns are appropriate.
Sign up for email newsletters from Costco
It’s much less risky to sign up for a retailer’s email newsletter than follow them on social media. Entering your email address takes a few seconds and costs you nothing.
Using email software that separates salesy emails into different folders can help keep your regular inbox free of salesy emails. (I receive many promotional emails with Gmail; it’s one of my favorite features.)
A few weeks before Black Friday, begin reading your newsletters. They’re the quickest and most effective method to keep on top of Black Friday deals, and they’re more reliable than just Googling and clicking on the first item that appears.