This post is by our regular contributor, Kristi.
Black Friday used to be the most exciting shopping day of the year. It was a day to buy the things you wanted or needed at prices that weren’t prohibitive.
It was an exciting time for retailers as well.
The day after Thanksgiving marked the unofficial start of holiday shopping and the point in which their account ledgers went from red entries for losses to black entries marking profits, thus marking the occasion as Black Friday.
Starting at 6:00 AM shoppers would eagerly line up outside store windows for a chance to score a great deal on toys, movies, and more. People weren’t trampling other people to get a $10 toaster oven.
The past decade has shown an irreversible trend in holiday shopping, though. Stores now offer many of the same deals online as they do in stores, and the deals extend throughout the week and even into the end of December.
There isn’t just one day to score great deals on things you want or need. While I don’t usually buy too much on Black Friday or other deal days, I do try to use the holiday deals to my advantage, using the steep price cuts to buy things like necessary appliances for hundreds of dollars less than they are usually listed.
With so many holiday deal days anymore, it’s hard to decide when to strike on a purchase or whether it’s even worth it to go shopping at all.
If you decide to go shopping this year, use these methods to navigate the many sale days and make the most of the holiday deals.