6 Ways to Save for Black Friday Shopping

Wednesday, October 19 at 10:25 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Believe it or not, but now’s the time to prepare for Black Friday shopping! If you’re worried your wish list is bigger than your wallet, consider these ideas to build your pile of shopping money.

  • Don’t order professional family photos. Although it’s tradition to get professional family photos taken in the fall to send out with Christmas cards, don’t be afraid to break the tradition. You don’t need to eliminate sending a family photo altogether. Instead, find a family picture at a fun family outing or vacation from earlier in the year. Your friends will appreciate seeing an action shot of what you’ve been up to during the year!
  • Cut out extra services. Do you typically hire someone to clean your house, rake your leaves, detail your car or walk your dog? Are you paying for a T.V. package you don’t fully utilize? Take a break from these services. If you find you miss them too much, then hire them back after the holidays when you have some extra cash.
  • Don’t buy Halloween candy. With all the school, church and community Halloween parties and fall festivals going on, save the candy your kids get at those activities and pass it out to the kids who visit your house. Your kids will go trick-or-treating Halloween night and still get a stash of sugar they can keep.
  • Use your slow cooker. Eating out may seem nice, but your home is probably cozier, especially when it smells like stew right when you walk in the door. Next bonus – when you get sleepy after your hot meal, you’re already home making it easier to settle in for the night.
  • Clean out closets and cupboards. Remove your old electronics, old clothes and other household goods you’re not using. Sell them on second-hand websites or at a local consignment shop.  
  • Use space heaters. Rather than heat the whole house, turn on a space heater in the room you’re physically in. Typically in the fall, the weather isn’t yet at freezing temperatures where the pipes are at a risk of freezing. However, the chill in the air may have you seeking for some warmth. Space heaters are a happy medium to keep you warm and keep your electric/gas bill at bay.
With a little bit of planning now, you’re preparing to seize those after-Thanksgiving deals with confidence!

Tags: Financial Education, Savings
Debra Roberts on 10/27/2016 at 1:21 PM
These are wonderful ideas! Starting them immediately and I don't do Black Friday shopping! Thanks!

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