I know, I know. That statement might sound a bit antithetic to my usually frugal, money-saving ways, but it’s true.
Here’s why: The Black Friday deals online are just as good, or even better, than the in-store deals.
Yes, seriously. And I’ve proven this theory throughout the past few years by meticulously comparing the prices online versus the prices in-store. In almost every case, the online prices were better than the in-store prices.
Plus, you don’t have to wait out in the cold for three hours, and you can avoid all the stampeding and shoving crowds at the stores. Instead, you can get up a little early on Friday morning, sit in your PJ’s, sip your cup of coffee, and browse online.
There are other perks to shopping online for Black Friday:
1) You Have More of a Selection When Shopping Online
Typically, online sites are stocked better and have more variety than you’re going to find in-store. However, do note that the deals still sell out fairly quickly online. So if you see a deal ahead of time you’re particularly interested, you may want to wait up until midnight to go ahead and get it, as it may be sold out by the morning.
2) You Don’t Have to Drive to Multiple Stores
One of the biggest headaches of Black Friday shopping is strategizing where to be when and how you’re going to be multiple places in time for the great sales. Save gas and time by just clicking your way to savings.
Tip: Set up an account the day before on the sites that have hot sales that might not last long online on Black Friday. That way, when you order, you can just login and go through checkout quickly.
3) You Can Use Online Coupon Codes
Many online sites will have coupon codes available for free shipping or 15% off that you can stack on top of their fantastic Black Friday sales. Before placing your order, check RetailMeNot.com to see if there’s an online coupon code available for the site you’re ordering from.
4) You Can Get Cash Back
Set up a free account with cash-back sites like Ebates and Mr. Rebates and click through their site and search for the online site you’re shopping with before placing your order. You’ll usually get anywhere between 1% to 15% cash back for each online purchase. While it might only be a few dollars per purchase, these trickles add up to a nice check every three months!
If you love the thrill of the hunt and enjoy long waits and big crowds, be my guest and go out shopping on Black Friday. As for me, I’ll be snuggled up under a blanket with my mug of coffee and my laptop on Black Friday morning getting great deals from the comfort of my living-room couch!
Psst! Want to shop from home, too? Be sure to stop MoneySavingMom.com, where I’ll be live-blogging the best online Black Friday deals and coupon codes as they become available.
What about YOU? Are you planning to stay home on Black Friday or do you love the thrill of going out and bargain-hunting?
Trying to Decide Whether You Should Stay Home on Black Friday?
If you’re trying to decide whether or not to stay home on Black Friday, you can check out the links to some of the most popular Black Friday store ads below:
- Best Buy
- Joann’s Fabrics
- Office Depot/Office Max
- Old Navy
- Rite Aid
- Sam’s Club
- Sports Authority
- Toys “R” Us
You can see all the latest Black Friday Ad Scans at BlackFriday.fm