The Black Friday and holiday shopping season is in full swing! With so many great deals, so many ways to save, and hundreds of stores to choose from, planning can get pretty overwhelming. As Flipp’s Chief Deals Officer, I’m here to simplify your shopping season by helping you find the best deals — so today I’m sharing my top Black Friday prep tips to help you save BIG with Flipp.
Tips For Shopping In Store
Tip #1 – Set a shopping budget and plan ahead
This is where the Flipp app comes in as your #1 tool for savings and deals! Flipp brings you thousands of weekly ads and deals to help you plan your shopping trip. By checking Flipp before you shop, you’ll know what’s on sale, where it’s on sale, and if a deal is available in-store, online, or both. To quickly find in-store or online deals, I recommend the “Ways to Shop” filter to simplify your search results.
Tip #2 – Shop early
Black Friday deals are already here, and shoppers all over North America are finding amazing deals on their top picks. Be sure to regularly check your Flipp app. The bottom line is, don’t wait until November 25th to start crossing items off of your list.
Tip #3 – Create your Watch List
This is by far my favorite feature on Flipp because it helps me find in-store and online deals for the items I care about. All you have to do is add items to your Watch List and Flipp will track and continuously update all the available deals at different stores. Better yet, if you tap the little bell icon, Flipp will let you know when new deals drop, so you’ll never miss a sale.
Tip #4 – Shop off-peak hours
There’s no need to shop in chaos anymore. With deals being spread out across the entire season, I recommend that you shop off-peak hours to avoid large crowds and line-ups. If you have the flexibility, plan your trips during weekday mornings, which are usually quieter.
Tips For Shopping Online
Tip #1 – Create online accounts ahead of time
Online shopping is easy and effortless, but most stores will require you to create an account to check out. Alternatively, you can check out as a visitor — which can take just as long. When you’re competing for a deal, the faster you check out, the better. If you know you’ll be shopping at specific online stores, create all your accounts ahead of sale dates to save time once they begin. You might only be saving a minute or two, but it could be the difference between getting the items you want or being snubbed at the virtual check-out counter.
Tip #2 – Don’t ignore Pre-Black Friday deals
Just because a deal is not labeled as “Black Friday”, doesn’t mean that it’s not worth it. The holiday shopping season has already begun, so don’t be surprised if stores release typical “doorbuster” items well before Black Friday.
Tip #3 – Sign up for emails
Brands love rewarding their loyal customers with promo codes and exclusive offers, so if you’ve been filtering marketing emails straight to your spam folder, now is the time to bring them front and center. Sign up for your favorite stores’ emails, and check them regularly. There might just be some sweet deals waiting in your inbox right now.
Tip #4 – Follow brands on social media
Don’t underestimate the power of social media. Most brands will announce sales on their social accounts first, so make sure you’re following your favorite stores to stay in the loop. Plus, many brands will have contests around the holiday season, giving their followers a chance to win some freebies, so make sure you’re following Flipp on Instagram and Facebook (wink)!
I wish you the best of luck and jaw-dropping deals on your favorite items this Black Friday season. Share these tips with your friends and family to make sure you’re spreading the love for savings!