Bomgaars Black Friday

Joe Boyle, manager of the Bomgaars store on Hamilton Boulevard, arranges a tool display at the Sioux City store in 2016. These items are popular with shoppers during Black Friday sales, the day after Thanksgiving.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | The onslaught of Black Friday retail shopping for holiday presents may be dropping compared to highs of just a few years ago, but it remains a big day for people looking for bargains in Siouxland and nationally.

The Thanksgiving afternoon retail store openings have become more popular with national chains, replacing the early morning Friday openings that once were the norm. But millions of people will spill out to shop in seven days from now.

Here are leading tips from seven varying sites that have aired key things to know when embarking on a Black Friday shopping excursion.

(1) In making a list of how to tackle the day, become familiar with Black Friday advertisements, from Gateway Blog: "...memorize every single page of the ads. Believe us when we are saying that it is pretty useful, as you will know what the top deals and offerings look like."

It doesn't specifically say this, but the obvious takeaway is to buy the Journal print edition and also look at SCJ online for key ads.

(2) From Thrifter.com, "Make a list of what you want and check it twice. See which of those items are going to be discounted on Black Friday. Some prices do get inflated right before Black Friday, which can make you think you are getting a bigger discount than you actually are."

(3) Use cashback to amplify your deal, The Telegraph, helpfully shares. "Cashback sites allow you to get money back on purchases. Plenty of stores have their own cashback system...These give you reward points which can then be redeemed against more shopping."

(4) Good Housekeeping reminds that not all stores are created equal.

"WalletHub crunched the sale numbers to figure out the best and worst stores to check out on Black Friday. JCPenney offered the biggest percentage discounts, followed by Kohl's and Stage."

(5) Check out phone applications, Balance.com says: "There are now many Android and iOS apps designed to make shopping for the best deals on Black Friday easier. There are apps that will help you find the best place to park at the mall, help you find the best route to stores, alert you when the stores that you to go to have coupons and special deals and help you compare prices while you shop."

(6) Use social media sites: "Follow social media sites as this will keep you updated regarding Black Friday sales. Various online stores do their Black Friday sales and promotion through social media sites since these tends to spread the news among people rapidly. Visit Facebook and Twitter to learn about Black Friday deals and offers." This is the advice of African Globe.

(7) Lastly, The Thrifty Couple says to call retailers to ask a few key questioners. Among them: What is your return policy on items from your Black Friday sale? Will you be accepting competitor’s prices or ads if I find a lower price, whether on Friday or at a later date if that item goes even lower at your store or a competitor?

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