Gearing Up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday: 6 Tips to Get the Best Deals

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Halloween is over which means Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just a few weeks away. We are even starting to see many big box stores starting to advertise their circulars. I personally am a huge fan of these money saving days and have learned a ton of tips throughout the years. Fortunately, these days you no longer have to line up outside in the wee-hours of the morning and can do all of your shopping online. Many times, the promotions start prior to Thanksgiving as well — we could see offers pop up any time at this point!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions include anything from electronics to clothes to kids toys and furniture. Literally, anything you are looking for, you should be able to purchase with some sort of discount. And not to mention all of the airline and hotel travel deals. I love how the travel space has adopted these money saving travel offers as well. My ultimate favorite is still the Amazon deals and if it is anything like this past years Prime Day, we are sure to see some excelled discounts.

Best Black Friday Tips

Here is my guide on how to find the best deals and maximize your purchases!

Tips to find the best deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday:

1. Check out Deals We Like blog and twitter feed. 

I know this is self-promoting, but I will be constantly tweeting out all the deals I find during this period. There is also a Black Friday tab at the top of this blog where you can see all of the deals in one place.

I also suggest friending or following other companies you are interested in. Many companies, especially travel companies, will be using social media to promote their deals and many times have hourly promotions.

Two of my favorite sites to follow include the Slickdeals Black Friday thread and BlackFriday.com. You can also set up news alerts and receive emails with various Black Friday deals.

2. Use an online shopping portal

If you make any purchases online, go through one of the many online shopping portals first. This will allow you to earn extra points, miles or cash back on purchases you were going to make anyways. Use an aggregator site such as evrewards.com or cashbackmonitor.com to compare the return for a given merchant. For cash back I personally recommend TopCashBack or Rakuten (formerly Ebates). On the points and miles front, British Airways Avios usually has a good return and the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal is great for earning flexible points.

Use an online shopping portal to save even more money during Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many merchants will even be offering increased payouts just to get you to shop at their site. There are also some great bonus offers for shopping online through Nov. 21, 2019.

3. Use a credit card that will maximize your points earned

With many purchases being made leading up to the holidays, it is important to use a credit card that will earn you the most rewards. You might be surprised to learn how quickly those points will add up and earn you some nice cash back on your purchase or points and miles to travel for free.

Travel purchases:

Department Stores:

Amazon purchases:

Target and Walmart:

  • Discover it Credit Card: Earn 5% cash back, up to $1,500 in category purchases (which includes Target, Walmart and Amazon)

**Using the store co-brand credit card also provides good savings

Office supply store purchases:

  • Chase Ink Cash, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Classic credit cards: Earn 5x Chase Ultimate Reward points

4. Use a credit card with price protection

Although using the best credit card will maximize your savings, you might also want to use a credit card that will offer you protection. While many merchants market their items as the lower price of the year, it is not unusual to see a lower price to possibly pop up at a later time. If you use a credit card that offers price protection, your credit card company will reimburse you the difference.

Many credit cards have gotten rid of this price properties, but there are a handful that still exist:

Chase 

With these cards above, you have 90 days from the date of purchase to find a lower price. You can be refunded up to $500 per item and up to a yearly cap of $2,500. You must make your claim within 21 days of the date of the advertisement  — file a claim online or call 1-888-320-9656.

Capital One

With these Capital One credit cards, you only have 60 days to find a lower price and you must make your claim within 10 days. You can be refunded up to $500 per item and up to a yearly cap of $2,500. You can file a claim by calling 1-800-553-7520.

Wells Fargo

This is the only Wells Fargo credit card that offers price protection. To file a claim, you must find a lower price within 60 days. You will only be reimbursed up to $250 per item and up to $1,000 per year.

5. Register for Amex Offers

American Express offers some of the best ways to receive a statement credit on your Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases. You can even combine this with any other offers and promotions you might find.

To see your eligible offers, you’ll need to sign into your AmericanExpress.com account and scroll down to your Amex Offers & Benefits section. All you have to do is add that particular offer to your American Express credit card and use that card on your next purchase with that merchant. As long as you follow the terms, you’ll receive a statement credit within a few weeks of your purchase.

Black Friday Tips

Save even more money on your Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases with Amex Offers

Just keep in mind that these offers are sometimes targeted, so even if you see an offer available on one card, it does not mean you’ll see it on another. Also, you are only able to take advantage of an offer once per account, regardless of the number of cards you have in your name.

6. Jump on a Deal

Many really good deals will sell out within minutes. If you see a great deal, do not sit around and think about whether or not you want to make the purchase. Most items can be returned, so if you have the flexibility, buy now and decide later. This seems to be the case quite often is there is a price error or some ridiculously good electronics deal.

For travel deals, such as Expedia’s hourly sales, you’ll also want to have a destination in mind before the sale goes live.

Overall…

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just a few weeks away, get ready for the deals to start appearing soon. With every promotion you see, just make sure to fully maximize your purchase. Many times there will always be another way to save additional money or earn miles and points along the way.

Enjoy the various deals during the month of November!

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