Some of the best deals of the year — whether for electronics, toys, or furniture — pop up over the holidays.
It’s also the busiest shopping time of the year. You've probably seen the Black Friday memes that show crowds of people fighting for the latest toy or game. Last year, more than 154 million people braved the crowds on and offline with the hopes of saving big.
If you want to snag some major savings over the next few weeks, you’ll need to be a savvy shopper. Use this holiday and Black Friday guide to help you get the best deals:
Do your homework
First things first — you’ll need to do some homework. Study ads online and circulars that come in the mail to get an idea of what deals are happening when. It’s also a good idea to sign up for loyalty programs or get on email lists with your favorite stores — subscribers are often the first ones to hear about great sales.
Comparison shop the smart way
During this time of year, all the major retailers try to outdo each other, so it pays to comparison shop. You can compare ads, but you can also turn to websites and apps that will do the work for you. Sites like Pricegrabber and PriceWatch allow you to search for items and show you where to find the best deal online or in the stores.
Another helpful Black Friday tip is to download apps like ShopSavvy, which allow you to scan barcodes on your smartphone and tell you whether or not you’re getting the best deal.
The early bird gets the deal
This is not the time of year to procrastinate. The closer it gets to the holidays, the longer the lines get and the greater the chance the items you want will sell out. This is especially true for food items, so get your Thanksgiving and Christmas feast shopping done early.