Black Friday Guide

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody! Nate here, I thought we should put together a quick guide to help you improve the Holistic Cost of your Black Friday shopping. This isn’t just about the most dollars off, it’s about getting the most out of your Time, Energy, Results, Money, and Satisfaction (TERMS). Do Black Friday on your TERMS.

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Buy what you need

There is a lot of stuff on ‘sale’ for Black Friday, but contrary to my Great Aunt’s beliefs, you aren’t saving money just because something is on sale. Get some Christmas gift shopping done, find a good deal on something you’ve been needing, but don’t get sucked into a sweet deal that you won’t use.

Factor in your time

Missing Thanksgiving dinner to be first in line at Walmart to save an extra $50 on that TV is probably not the best use of your time (or family relations). Even if you’re not camping out, the traffic and crowds can be quite a mess on Friday morning. Now I love a good crowd and the excitement of a busy store, but it’s still exhausting. There’s plenty of deals online that will probably work out just as well over time. If you have other plans Friday, there’s plenty of deals all weekend long, through Cyber Monday.

Do some research

This is really Dave’s specialty, but I do a lot before I make a purchase as well. The big Black Friday ‘deals’ aren’t always what they are cracked up to be. It might be an older or lesser model than you want or they only have one or two and you will end up being frustrated because you didn’t get what you wanted. There are some great websites that pay people to spend a lot of time looking at and tracking these deals, here’s a few we like:

 

  • Wirecutter.com – One of the most thorough and well-respected review sites
  • Clark.com – We learn a lot from Clark Howard and his team, they have a ton of Black Friday resources
  • Thrifter.com – another site that spends a lot of time looking at all the deals
  • Amazon.com – duh, they have some great deals and we do most of our shopping there. Plus you don’t have to leave your house.

Do some good

Don’t forget about those less fortunate than you and Giving Tuesday. Either skip one of those deals you don’t really need or use some of that money to support a cause. Maybe skip the shopping altogether and volunteer your time.

Enjoy yourself

Most of us have a long weekend and plans with family and friends. Evaluate how much you will enjoy the experience, some live for it, some loathe it. Whatever you do, make the decision that’s right for you, and those around you. It’s not worth putting a lot of stress on yourself.

No matter what you’re doing, load up a few episodes of the podcast to have a laugh and learn how to tech better.

Episode 156: Bleeps and Bloops

This week’s episode covers a little bit of everything. From Nate’s ongoing cable vs streaming battle, to nostalgia for the Atari and Transformers. Surprise, surprise there was another breach this week, but we follow it up with a feel-good story to cleanse the palate. As always we have some tips and picks to help you tech better! 

Episode 155: Smile, You’re On Camera

We make up for a lack of big tech news with some great tips and hot Black Friday/Cyber Monday talk. There were some stories to talk about that affect us all as well. You will also hear why we will both be putting up a “Smile You’re on Camera” signs at our front door.

Episode 154: We Won’t Scam You, Much

Facebook was all over the news this week good and bad. We cover that but also get to all the other important tech stories of the week. We also upped our game on Pro Tips (ding) this week to help you tech better. Stick around to the very end for maybe the best post-credits clip yet.

Episode 153: Tetris Flow

Dave and Nate have a great time talking about technology this week. Some good, some weird and some bad, keep up with the wild world of tech and learn how to use it better.

Episode 152: We Love Gimmicks

Special guest Tyler Eaton joins Nate and Dave to talk tech this week. Tyler is a big fan of movies, video games, and apparently gimmicks. We have some great tips, picks and takes on the week’s tech news. All that and some hot Halloween candy talk for your enjoyment.

Episode 150: Even Our Cell Phones Have Cell Phones

Well, we made it to 150 episodes, stick around to the end of the episode to see how you can help us make it 150 more. There are plenty of tech tips packed into this episode and some tech news that affects us all.