Tips for Black Friday and Holiday Shopping

Shopping can be one of the most exciting but also the most stressful parts of the holidays, especially when you’re on a budget or have multiple people on your list. Black Friday, or the day right after Thanksgiving, is traditionally the day most retailers offer their biggest sales, which is why many people wait all year to do their shopping on Black Friday.

Whether you’re planning on braving the stores on Black Friday or planning to shop online, you need to make sure you’re prepared and organized to be able to take advantage of some of the best sales. Here are five tips to help your holiday shopping season run smoothly.

5 Shopping Tips for Black Friday & The WHOLE Holiday Season!

1. Start by making detailed lists.

The first step to having a successful holiday shopping season is to make sure you make useful lists. These lists can be made on paper, but it’s a lot easier to make them on an app such as Sortifyd. Sortifyd allows you to create (and recycle lists), add photos of items, and add attachments such as digital coupons. Another perk to using Sortifyd is that you can add your family’s clothing sizes to the Shopping box. This way you always have their clothing sizes available whenever you need them! You can also make any list you create in Sortifyd private, so your family can still be surprised by their gifts on Christmas morning.

2. Have easy access to your loyalty cards.

It’s not uncommon for stores and brands to offer exclusive deals to people that are members of their reward or loyalty programs, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re signed up for these programs at your favorite stores. Whether you have physical reward cards or digital loyalty accounts, you can keep them all organized in Sortifyd by creating a record with the details of each loyalty or reward program and saving a photo of each card.

3. Prioritize your purchases.

To ensure your online or in-person shopping trip goes off without a hitch, spend some time organizing and prioritizing your shopping list before you start shopping. You can do this by creating a new list based on the stores you want to visit. With Sortifyd you can even save and reference lists you created in past years so you don’t end up buying the same gifts for the same person.

4. Save and organize your receipts.

Another important and often overlooked task is to make sure you get gift receipts for all your purchases and save copies of all your receipts. Especially when gifting clothes, providing your gift recipient with a gift receipt will make returns and exchanges easier once the holidays are over. Saving copies of all your receipts in an app like Sortifyd, will provide you with an easy method for organizing, saving, and even sharing them.

5. Compare prices in advance.

Finally, don’t hesitate to check prices from various sources before you start your shopping trip. You can compare prices online, so you already know what price to expect when you arrive at the store. Sortifyd makes this process easy by allowing you to attach screenshots and photos of catalog pages to each of your list items along with adding any notes you need for quick reference.


Holiday shopping can quickly become stressful if you’re not prepared, and one of the best ways to prevent becoming overwhelmed is by planning ahead. Organizing your life and home with Sortifyd can help reduce stress not just during the holiday season, but throughout the year.


This post was originally published on November 25, 2020, and updated on November 24, 2023.

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