Thanksgiving is upon us. While families and friends nationwide will be celebrating together and giving thanks this weekend, the upcoming days are also the busiest shopping days of the year. In fact, over 160 million Americans at least consider braving the crowds to find the best holiday deals each Black Friday. There’s an art to the madness though, and learning what to look for and how to shop smart can make all the difference. Here’s how you can get in on the action this year in Columbus and get the most bang for your buck.
- Get there early.
Since the deals are only good while supplies last and the quantities are limited, making the drive early on Black Friday or on Thursday night offers you the best chance of finding what you’re looking for. Polaris Fashion Place will be open on Thanksgiving from 6:00pm to 1:00am, as well as on Black Friday from 6:00am to 9:30pm. With over 200 stores offering a wide variety of items and services to shop for, it’s a good spot to hit this weekend. You can check out their deals online (which you can view by store for the best Black Friday doorbusters for your needs) before driving over there. Many stores in Easton Town Center will also be open on both Thursday and Friday, with hours varying by store. They offer a list online of Black Friday deals by store as well. Tanger Outlet and Tuttle Mall both open at 6pm on Thanksgiving as well, with extended hours through the weekend.
- Check social media.
Many stores offer extra savings to their Facebook and Twitter followers. Check before and while you shop to see if that must-have item has an additional coupon. It’s also a good idea to download the store apps from the companies you plan on buying from, as they run deals for loyal customers not just during the holiday season, but all year.
- Consider plastic over paper.
As long as you pay it off before it collects interest, a Black Friday credit card purchase might be more worthwhile than paying cash. Many store cards offer an extra discount for credit card use on same-day approval. Using a store credit card may also give you a better warranty on your purchased products or a longer return period. You may even be able to earn points or other benefits, depending on the card and the items you buy. It’s worth looking into beforehand.
- Weigh the quality against the cost.
Let’s say you’re looking for a GPS device for your car. The cheapest available may not be the best deal, despite having the lowest price. The cheap GPS may be discounted by 10%, while a much more expensive GPS with a reputable brand name and better ratings might by discounted by 40%. Though it’s still more costly, it’s a better deal. Keep this in mind when looking for the deal that’s right for you and gives you the best bargain.
- Log on.
Don’t feel like driving through the chaos and dealing with the crowds? Want to stay home and spend more time with family this holiday weekend? You’re not alone. According to a nationwide survey, this year’s Thanksgiving Day online shoppers are expected to outbuy those in retail locations for the first time. In addition, almost three quarters of people plan to shop for Black Friday deals on Cyber Monday. Many Black Friday deals are already available online, with sales on everything from electronics and tech to clothing and jewelry lasting longer on average than in-store promotions. Amazon is a powerhouse when it comes to Cyber Monday and online Black Friday sales, so their site and app are good places to start. Stay cozy a little longer this weekend and see what you can find at home.
How do you plan on shopping this weekend? Do you know of any great local Columbus deals for Black Friday? Let us know in the comments. It can get a little crazy out there, so no matter how you shop this weekend, stay safe Ohio!