How to get the most out of Black Friday

A sign promoting Black Friday specials is displayed in the window of a J.C. Penny store as shoppers queue up at the door for a 3 p.m. opening, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in northeast Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A sign promoting Black Friday specials is displayed in the window of a J.C. Penny store as shoppers queue up at the door for a 3 p.m. opening, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in northeast Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — We are just two days away from Black Friday, or in some cases, one day for the stores that open tomorrow! We’ve got your back with tips to avoid getting caught in a retail trap.

This is the time to get what you need for a good price. You just need to know how to navigate the game so you come out on top.

Many stores will open on Thanksgiving, kicking off the mad rush to get a good deal.

Some advice: make a list and stick to it! Quinnipiac’s David Cadden says it pays to do some price comparison online first.

“What you should do is, take a look at different sites through all three apparatus, because you may get different prices on your smartphone, on your tablet or on your laptop depending on your prior shopping history,” said Quinnipiac University’s David Cadden.

Be strategic about what you buy and when.

Black Friday is a great time to buy name-brand merchandise that isn’t typically discounted. Like Apple or Dyson products. Electronics and appliances are usually a bargain.You may want to wait to buy items like clothing or jewelry. That will likely be marked down further the week before Christmas and it’s less likely the merchandise will run out.

Also, it’s not selfish to think of your own needs. This is the perfect time to scoop up appliances you may need around the home.

“One of the things I’ve seen is there’s an anticipation that there might be particularly good sales on washer dryer sets,” Cadden added.

Don’t get lost in the chaos. Avoid loading up your cart with items you didn’t plan on buying, just because they’re marked down. That’s how you wind up spending too much which leads to credit hangover in January.

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