Sneaky Tips for Black Friday Sales

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There are all kinds of articles on the web about how to shop on Black Friday. From the pros and cons of shopping in-store versus shopping online and the basic but always handy tips about being prepared with shopping lists and a budget, you’ll find lots of good advice leading up to your holiday shopping frenzy. But here are a few more sneaky tips you may not have thought of that will help you make the most of those deals on Black Friday.

1. Get social. Every big designer brand and most of your favorite stores are all over social media, so if you have Facebook or Twitter, consider giving them a follow or a like to see what kind of extra incentives they throw your way during the Black Friday extravaganza. Your social media loyalty may earn you an extra 15% off or exclusive info about a big doorcrasher sale.

2. Sign up for email alerts. Similar to the get social tip above, stores love being able to contact you directly and advertise their goods whenever they feel like it. As far as they’re concerned, you’re doing them a favor by receiving those emails, so when it’s time to scratch your back with deals on Black Friday, they may let you know about exclusive price cuts or send you extra coupons or promo codes.

3. Ask for a little help from your smartphone. Your family or friends may be willing to accompany you on your Black Friday shopping mission, and that’s great, but don’t forget that one of your most important allies may be in your pocket. There are all kinds of price comparison apps you can download to your smartphone to make sure you’re always getting the best possible deal. Cheap products may be available elsewhere even cheaper, and some apps make it so easy that all you have to do is scan the barcode for the price comparison info to automatically pop up. ShopSavvy and RedLaser are two of the most popular of these apps. Best news yet? Both of those apps are free.

4. Don’t be afraid to talk to a manager. If you’re already in a store but you’ve just found out from your smartphone that you can get a better deal across town, take that info to the manager of the store you’re already in and see what he says. Each store may be focused on its own Black Friday sale, but many of them won’t mind coming down a few bucks to keep you away from the competition.