Fill your canteen with caffeine, put on your most comfortable walking shoes, grab your reusable shopping bags, stuff some snacks in your car, and get ready for the 2013 Black Friday and Ciber Monday sales! There are several brick-and-mortar stores and online sites that are offering significant savings over the holiday weekend, some in addition to normal military discounts – so be sure to do your research and always ask “do you offer a military discount?”
The following is sourced from http://militarybenefits.info/black-friday-tips-for-military-wives/
Black Friday is November 29, 2013 and Cyber Monday is on December 2, 2013.
- Local Commissaries – Check with your local commissary for Black Friday deals.
- Military Exchanges – Review the Black Friday ads at the local exchanges, BXMarts, NEXMarts or CXMarts. For Black Friday ads and sale information through the weekend Click Here.
- Online Military Exchanges – Shop the online military exchange stores for additional Black Friday sales not available in-store. They are also offering free shipping through 12/31/12 and are offering daily and weekly deals. For Black Friday ads and sale information through the weekend Click Here.
- Price Match Guarantees – Military in-store and online exchanges offer price match guarantees on Black Friday and through December 25th. Read individual exchange policies as there are limitations. Such as the exchanges will not match advertised prices on doorbuster deals in limited quantity.
- Check online before heading out – The online deals for the same product often go on sale before the doors open, even Thanksgiving night. Especially if you’re on the West coast as online sales can start on East coast time so you might be able to start buying the same in-store products early Thanksgiving night.
- Shop in-store Thanksgiving night – Check store hours but some stores will be open starting Thanksgiving night.
- Have a game plan – Get to the stores with the best deals first before everything is gone. Know where you’re going next so you don’t waste precious time.
- Bring the ads – Retailers don’t always have everything in order so bring the ads in case you’re not seeing the advertised price on the digital camera you’re looking for.
- Compare Prices – A deal is not always a deal especially for military families where they get many military discounts unavailable to the public. A deal on Under Armour clothing may not be a deal when active duty military and veterans can get 10% off and for a limited time free shipping.
- Keep your receipt – Some retailers don’t allow returns without receipts. Better yet, ask for a gift receipt, if it’s a gift.
- Combine Black Friday deals with Military Discounts – If you see a great deal check to see if you get a military or veterans discount. Not all stores allow this so read the fine print or call ahead to confirm.
- Avoid Holiday Scams – Buy from trusted sources and beware that if the deal is too good to be true, it just might.