If you’re planning to shop on Black Friday, you should know the facts.
1. Myth: You can’t coupon on Black Friday.
Oh you can too! Can and should.
In fact, some stores (like Bath & Body Works) ONLY allow coupon stacking on one day of the year–Black Friday. As long as your order qualifies for each coupon as if it were a separate transaction, you can use them all at once. So you can stack a $ off, a “free” item coupon, and a % off coupon in that order.
Go ahead and coupon at these retailers on Black Friday:
- Bath & Body Works
- Rite Aid
If you’re a couponer you probably already know about the freebies that show up on Black Friday (Scunci elastic bands or clips, ear buds, lip gloss). Here’s what the Scunci deal looked like at Walgreens last year:
Buy 1 Scunci Hair Accessories $2.00, sale price
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Final Price: Free
Pay $2.00, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
You can use the Register Reward just like cash toward your next transaction (another free Scunci hair accessory anyone?!)
Rite Aid and CVS have deals on Black Friday that look like this one, and getting free stuff with coupons is no joke. You can do it the rest of the year too. Learn how to coupon at Walgreens.
2. Myth: You can’t price match on Black Friday.
You can if you know where to shop. And if you’re particularly allergic to large crowds and consumerism but you still want all the deals, this is the way to go.
Take Black Friday ads from retailers you know will be cray-cray busy on Black Friday over to the likes of these retailers for the exact same prices:
- ACE Hardware
- DICK’S Sporting Goods
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
Walmart is another option. Just download the Savings Catcher app. It’s so easy that even if you don’t coupon, you’ll love it. You simply scan your receipt’s QR code, and Walmart price matches within about 50 miles of your local store. Automatically. You should do this on Black Friday and every other day of the week you shop at Walmart.
Looking to get home improvement items or tools? Skip Home Depot and Lowe’s and hit ACE Hardware/True Value instead. ACE/True Value price matches on Black Friday, and they’re bound to be quieter since they’re not as into the big-box hype that we see from Home Depot and Lowe’s during the holiday season.
For example, the EXACT SAME drill combo set was for sale at both stores ($149 at Lowe’s and $179.99 at ACE). I took the Lowe’s ad into ACE Hardware and got the Lowe’s price, saving myself $30.99. Boom. Price matching on Black Friday is alive and well.
3. Myth: You can’t shop Black Friday deals before Thanksgiving.
Actually, you can. Here’s how: Apply for a credit card that offers price protection, and once the Black Friday sales leak, go buy the items you know will be on sale during Black Friday. Then you can request a price adjustment from your credit card company.
When I use my Chase card, I have 90 days to get my reimbursement for the price difference. For example, last year JCPenney’s Black Friday ads showed up mid-November, and I saw there would be a killer deal on women’s boots. I’m talking $60-$90 boots for $19.99. I bought 3 pairs the week before Black Friday and used my credit card. I submitted all the paperwork and got my reimbursement within a few weeks.
In theory, you could shop WAY in advance of a sale as long as you know for certain something is going to be on sale. Shopping a week before Black Friday is early enough for me!
Things to know:
- There’s a $500 limit per purchase and a yearly limit of $2,500. Varies by credit card.
- You’ll need your itemized receipt and a copy of the advertisement showing the sale price for your item.
- If you link your credit card to Paribus, they’ll track price changes and submit the request for you at no cost!
Get all my Black Friday Hacks and you’ll learn what items to skip, what to go for, and how to not kill yourself on Black Friday.
4. Myth: You won’t get a doorbuster prize unless you’re one of the first 10 people in line.
Believe it or not, you can get doorbusters without even leaving your house.
Last year Target and Kohl’s offered all of their doorbusters online. I’ll be buying my new TV online at Target on Wednesday when their Early Access deals go live. Prices are comparable to Walmart’s in-store doorbuster prices and I’m all about avoiding the hassle of the store.
But if you’re nostalgic and you just love being out shopping on Black Friday, your chances of getting a doorbuster are still pretty good.
Many stores like Sears and Walmart offer guaranteed doorbusters for people who arrive at the store at a certain time of the day. In the past at Walmart, if you shopped between 6pm and 7pm the day before Black Friday (I know, I know, that’s Thanksgiving Day. I don’t like it either.) you could get a wristband that guaranteed you’d get a certain doorbuster like:
- iPad Air 2 Gold 16GB Wi-Fi for $399 ($100 discount)
- Beats Studio Headphones for $169 ($130.95 discount)
- LG 55″ Class Smart 4K UHD TV for $698 ($300 discount)
- Xbox One 500GB Gears of War Bundle with a $30 Walmart Gift Card for $299 ($50 discount)
- 15″ HP Touch Laptop for $249 (special price)
If they ran out of stock, you could buy a voucher for the item, and as soon as it was in stock (guaranteed before Christmas Day), you just had to go back to the store to get it.
5. Myth: Black Friday is the best time of year to buy everything.
Nope. Some things can be found cheaper (and with less stress) other times of the year.
Bedding is a great example. White Sales that happen in January usually have lower prices. Even the Macy’s One-Day sale prices on bedding compete with Macy’s Black Friday bedding prices. Look:
I mean, you could get your bedding on Black Friday, but why would you bother? Find out what else you shouldn’t buy on Black Friday.
Now you know the truth! Best of luck finding all the deals this holiday season.