Do all the emails, social media posts and ads for Black Friday deals have you feeling like you have to hurry up and shop to score those bargains? This time of year we’re bombarded with sale information for discounts on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday and they all encourage urgency.
But the thing is, in the rush to save, you may not have time to stop and think about whether that price is actually a good one or not. And that can lead to regretted purchases and buyer’s remorse.
To avoid that and make sure you’re shopping confidently, these tips can help.
- Do your research - Don’t assume a deal is really worth it just because it claims to offer big savings. Retailers may exaggerate the discount, so it really pays to check the prices of items you may want to buy before the sales. Sites like CamelCamelCamel give price history for items sold on Amazon and PriceRunner provides wider market coverage.
- Avoid impulse buying - It sounds simple enough, but when you find a deal on something that seems too good to pass up, you may feel like you just have to buy it. And all that hype often leads shoppers to regret their Black Friday or Cyber Monday buys.
- Start looking for sales now - Pre-Black Friday deals are already happening and more will be added as the week goes on, so don’t wait until Thursday night to find offers.
- Check the return policy - Before you check out, you’ll want to know how long you have to bring something back and get all of our money back if you decide you don’t want to keep it. Some return policies are much more generous than others, so know what you’re getting into before you click “buy now.”