Black Friday Bargains: 4 Ways to Shop Smart

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Black Friday is one of those days that always creeps up on me and when it arrives, I can’t help but check out all the steals and deals. I love it, not just for the sales, but for the reminder that it’s time to start buying presents for loved ones for the holidays.  It means the clock is ticking and it’s time to start checking names off my list! Here are some tips I use that I think will help you get prepared to shop this Black Friday.

1. List Out What you Need/Want.

I like to make a list of the people I need to buy for and then next to their names, some ideas of what I might try to find for them. I find this to be super helpful, because browsing site after site or store after store can be overwhelming and makes it hard to narrow down what you should be searching for.

2. Make a Budget and Stick to It.

This is not just for Black Friday, but for holiday shopping in general. If you know how much you want to spend on each person on your list, you will have a much easier time picking out gifts.

3. Prepare.

Do research to see which retailers are offering deals for the products you’re eyeing. For example, if you’re looking for a new Apple product don’t just check the Apple store, but check Best Buy, Target, Costco, etc. Every retailer will be offering something different than the next, so know what you’re looking for and find it at the lowest price.

4. Give Back.

Don’t forget about Giving Tuesday. This global day of giving is the perfect opportunity to find a cause that means something to you and help it in any way you can, big or small. That's what the holidays are all about. I am proud that every purchase of a BISSELL® product helps saves pets by supporting BISSELL Pet Foundation® and its mission to end pet homelessness, and you can support that mission too. This Giving Tuesday, BISSELL Pet Foundation wants you to understand that without you, there is no tomorrow for homeless pets. If you are passionate about helping pets in need, you can be the solution with a donation to BISSELL Pet Foundation.

I hope these tips were helpful in your search for the perfect gifts on Black Friday. Happy shopping!

Alissandra Bissell offers expert tips on topics, like cleaning, home organizing and general lifestyle. As a fifth generation Bissell, she has grown up in the floorcare industry and has a passion for all things clean. With three kids and three dogs she offers helpful tips so that busy families and pet parents can spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying life’s every day moments