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Ask The Swag Gal – November 9, 2011

Posted by on Wed, November 9th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Being that Black Friday is just a few short weeks away, I thought I would take this week’s Ask the Swag Gal and dedicate it to tips and tricks for getting the best bargains on Black Friday.  As I’m sure most of us know, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has earned the reputation of being the busiest shopping day of the year.  This is when all the stores put their merchandise on sale to kick off the holiday season.  It can be extremely hectic, crowded, and stressful shopping on Black Friday, but hopefully these tips will help to ease your experience.

Check the Ads

Check out your local newspaper on the days leading up to Thanksgiving.  They are sure to be filled with ads and coupons for Black Friday.  This will also help you organize your day so that you can maximize your savings, since a lot of stores offer their special discounts within a specific time slot.

Do Your Research

You don’t want to be suckered into a product just because it’s a good deal.  A bad product is bad, no matter how much it costs.  Do the research on the items you’re looking for so that you’ll know which deals are truly good deals, and which ones are just out to get you.

Compare Prices

Use price-comparison Internet shopping sites to help you find the best deals.  Make sure you’re not just looking at the price, but what is included in the price.  You’ll be surprised at how many shops will try to milk you for everything you’re worth – telling you that you need this, this, and that.  Know what you’re looking for, and determine which store is offering it at the best price before you go.

Find the Early Bird Discounts

Black Friday is the king of Early Bird discounts.  Many stores will offer their early-day specials starting as early as 4am and ending as soon as 11am.  Typically they do not provide rain checks, so once they run out of the products, you’re out luck.  This comes back to the Check the Ads tip, because the ads will generally tell you what time the sales are beginning, which should help you plan out your day.

Beat the Crowds

If you’re planning on doing some of your shopping on the Internet, you could beat the crowds.  Many retailers will post their Black Friday specials on their website, as early as Thanksgiving Eve, allowing you to order online and pick up your products at your local store.  Some of these will even feature special “Online Only” deals.

Bring the Ads

You don’t want to get stuck at the register having to argue with the cashier over something that was in their ad.  Simply come prepared with the the ad that carefully explains the details of the advertisement.  This could even give you additional bargaining power and possible push the salesperson into waiving other charges such as an assembly fee.

Know the Store Policies

Make sure you carefully research the store and return policies of the retailers you are looking to purchase from.  Many stores will implement restocking fees and shorter return deadlines, so know what you’re after and keep your receipt!

If you have a tip for shopping on Black Friday, leave it in the comments section of this post.

~TSGal

P.S. – Send your questions to TheSwagGal@Swagbucks.com.  If your question is picked your answer will be featured in the blog and you’ll be hooked up with 150 Swag Bucks!

Trick-or-Treat

Posted by on Mon, October 31st, 2011 at 7:00 am
BOO!  Happy Halloween, Swaggernauts!!  I hope everyone is off to a fun and festive start this morning.  In honor of Halloween we are sending you trick-or-treating around Swag Central to collect some Swag Bucks – 19 of them, in fact.  Keep your eyes open, because you never know when a new treat might pop up. ... Read More »

Columbus Thanksgiving

Posted by on Mon, October 10th, 2011 at 10:00 am
Today is a very festive day.  We are honoring two holidays – Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving. Columbus Day recognizes the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492.  It is observed throughout the country every year on the second Monday in October.  Coincidentally, Canada’s Thanksgiving also occurs on the second ... Read More »

The Day of Atonement

Posted by on Sat, October 8th, 2011 at 8:00 am
To all of those observing Yom Kippur today, I have you’re having an easy fast. For those who don’t know, Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for those of the Jewish faith.  Also known as the Day of Atonement, the evening and day of Yom Kippur are set aside for public and ... Read More »

Labor Day

Posted by on Mon, September 5th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Today we celebrate Labor Day, where we pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Did you know that in the late 1800s, the average American worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, just to make a basic living? Children as young as 5 and 6 years old worked in mills, ... Read More »

Happy 4th of July!

Posted by on Mon, July 4th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Happy Fourth of July! On behalf of everyone here at Team Swagbucks, have a happy, fun, and safe Fourth of July!  Spend quality time with your friends and family, pig out at the barbecues, dance at the parties, and enjoy the firework show as we celebrate our independence. In honor of today’s holiday, here is ... Read More »

Happy Canada Day!

Posted by on Fri, July 1st, 2011 at 10:00 am
Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian Swaggernauts!! Canada Day is a national holiday in Canada which commemorates the day in which Canada became its own country.  On July 1, 1867, the British North America Act was put into action and united three British colonies into a single country, Canada.  Today, all across the ... Read More »

Happy Flag Day

Posted by on Tue, June 14th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Happy Flag Day, Swaggernauts! I think we probably all know of Flag Day’s existence, but most of us probably do not know the meaning of the holiday.  On June 14, 1777, the flag of the United States was adopted by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.  But it wasn’t until 1949 that National Flag Day ... Read More »

BOO!

Posted by on Fri, May 13th, 2011 at 2:00 pm
It’s Friday the 13th – one of the scariest, most unlucky days of the year.  Let’s celebrate by watching some unlucky people experience some rather unfortunate events that I can only imagine must have taken place on Friday the 13th: Now, let’s journey back to 1980, when the original Friday the 13th movie was released. ... Read More »

Cinco de Mayo!

Posted by on Thu, May 5th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Today we commemorate the Mexican Army’s unexpected victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. To those who are observing, have a happy, fun, and safe holiday! I think today calls for a festive Swag Hunt…don’t you? I have hidden 6 letters throughout the Swagbucks site. ... Read More »