Personal Productivity

How to Shop For the Holidays – The Right Way

Shpping Smart
wrote this on December 2, 2011
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Did you go shopping on Black Friday this year?

I’d like to say I was first in line for great door-buster deals. But, in all honesty, I slept in on the morning after my delicious Thanksgiving dinner. It was a pleasure to wake up relaxed and refreshed rather than to just be getting in from a long, hectic shopping trip. And the best part of it – I was still able to take advantage of the massive discounts that retailers offered.

Shopping productively can be accomplished in 5 simple steps:

#1 Figure out what you want.

It’s important to have a plan of attack for Cyber Monday. By making a list of what you want, you can avoid the common mistake that many shoppers make, which is to get carried away by great discounts and buy products that they don’t truly need. Yes, this means that you won’t be buying a $3 toaster (unless you really have a need for it of course!). Spend some time on this list, because it will be important to stick to it.

#2 Browse your favorite Black Friday deal sites.

Such sites will normally receive Black Friday sales advertisements before the sale begins, so this is a good way to get a feel for what the products you want will price for. Be sure to bookmark any good deals you see so you can come back to them later.

#3 Search for coupon codes.

Depending on the retailer, there may be a hidden coupon code you can use upon checkout that will give you an even greater discount on top of the usual Black Friday savings. Also be sure to keep an eye out for free shipping codes, everyone loves free shipping!

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#4 Compare prices

Once the clock strikes 12:01 AM the Monday after, most deals are active. Revisit the sites you bookmarked, and browse other sites to see if there are any better deals than those you’ve already found. Don’t forget to factor in shipping costs if you were not able to find a free shipping coupon. An item may be cheaper on site A, but your total cost may be less on site B if they offer free shipping.

#5 Pay with Plastic

If possible, pay by credit. While there are extensive measures to prevent credit fraud, it’s important to be extra careful on a holiday weekend that brings in over $52 billion in sales. Absolutely keep copies of your printed receipts and if they’re digital, back them up on IQTELL’s Productivity app.

How do you plan your shopping sprees?

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