There are just a few weeks to go before the midnight madness begins on Nov. 28.
We’re talking about Black Friday, and if you want to score the best deals on holiday gifts, you’ll need to use the next few weeks to draw up a battle plan by deciding what to buy and researching where to go to get the most bang for your buck.
People get caught up in the hype and emotion of Black Friday and get swept away by overbuy during the frenzy and the excitement, says Jodi Furman, a shopping and savings expert in Palm Beach, Fla.
Make a plan and a list and stick to it. Do not make any impulse purchases if it’s not on your list. Not matter how good the price, it’s not a bargain if you don’t need it.
Furman, who writes the shopping and savings blog LiveFabuLESS.com, says you can sniff out the best bargains before and after Black Friday with a little planning.
Here are her top tips on how to score the best deals:
You don’t need to run around to a bunch of different stores in the middle of the night, Furman says. There are great sales offered after Black Friday. There is usually another sales surge Dec. 8-10 and then again around Dec. 22-24. Just watch the newspaper ads.