Let’s face it, Black Friday doesn’t sound like fun to everyone. You’re still in a tryptophan- induced coma from all the turkey you ate, and nothing sounds more appealing than sleeping in the next morning. Is it really worth it for you to climb out of bed at the crack of dawn to face insane crowds of pushy strangers? Actually, it is.
The reason Black Friday has become such a big event for serious shoppers is because you can find some truly great deals. Don’t waste your precious post-Thanksgiving high to shop for items you can find all-year round. Here’s a list of five big ticket items that will make you understand what all the Black Friday buzz is about.
Normally, you’d have to shell out hundreds of dollars to get a quality, flat-screen HDTV. Last year, some retailers were selling 42” HDTVs for as low as $180!
If you’re looking for something a little bigger, flat-screens measuring 55” are most likely to have the best prices. Some LCDs will probably sell for around $420, which is more than 28% lower than last year. The biggest bang for your buck will probably fall in the 3D TV category. According to DealNews, similar models to the 55” LCDs will cost only a few dollars less than the non-3D versions. Many stores also offer super-cheap TVs as doorbusters. In years past, stores like Kmart and Sears have sold 32” screens for less than $150! Make sure to check out big-box retailers like Best Buy and Walmart for great deals.
Apple products are often marked down on Black Friday, so customers can get some pretty awesome savings. That’s why you should be on the lookout for inexpensive iPad offers. It’s expected that prices will drop on the iPad 2 (and even on Apple’s new iPad Air.) However, you’re better off going to places like Amazon, Best Buy, or MacMall over the Apple store. These stores offer lower prices on the big day. While you can get savings of up to 5-10% at the Apple Store, you can get up to 20% off at big-box retailers on Black Friday.
3. Kitchen Appliances
While everyone is going crazy over electronics, you can scope out some even better deals in other departments. Kitchen appliances can often be found for the lowest prices of the year, and customers often forget to check out these bargains. In fact, Ikea often adds more than 30 items to their discounted list on Black Friday. Some smaller appliances, like blenders, can be found at other retailers for as low as $15! Make sure to check out stores like Walmart and Target for the best deals.
If you’re looking to redecorate, Black Friday is the perfect time to find some outstanding deals on furniture. Home Depot is offering Brexley Leather Stools and Club Chairs for only $99 each! Usually, these pieces are sold for close to $300, so this is a great bargain. You can also find good deals online on sites like Overstock.com.
Stores like Home Depot and Sears often provide great Black Friday deals on tools. Home Depot has already announced plans to offer tool sets for just $99 (including a Husky Mechanic’s Tool Set and a Makita 12-Volt Drill and Driver Kit.) Other big-ticket items include a Gas Pressure Washer Kit and a Portable Compressor Kit for way less than what you’d normally pay. Ace Hardware usually brings out all the stops for their Black Friday sales as well. They’re planning on offering wrenches and screwdriver packs for as little as $7. Amazon also usually has great deals for tools and home improvement items.
If you shop smart, you’ll be able to finish your Christmas shopping early. You’ll also be able to find amazing savings on items that you’d normally pay way more for. The best way to learn about what’s available on Black Friday is to pay attention to advertisements in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Many stores are eager to entice you with their discounts. Just think of your turkey dinner as fuel for the next day of serious shopping!