5 Ways to Make the Most of Black Friday Shopping


On Black Friday in 2015, there were 49,000 sale items. This year, BlackFriday.com predicts that 2016 deals will reach 52,000. If the thought of nabbing one these crazy deals makes you as giddy as a five-year-old on Christmas Eve, then the following tips will help you make the most of Black Friday shopping at Rent-A-Center. With a little pre-planning, getting deals in time for the holidays can be easy — because Magic Happens Here.  


Do Your Homework
You have your list and are checking it twice. Now, find your nearest Rent-A-Center store and double-check its Black Friday hours — and sale prices. As Black Friday morning approaches, follow Rent-A-Center on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for real-time updates and special announcements about coupons, discounts, and deals.


Create a Budget and Stick To It
Head into Black Friday armed with your gift list, complete with price comparisons. The sheer quantity – and quality – of Black Friday deals can be overwhelming, but don’t fall for items that you don’t already have on your list or aren’t 100% sure of. Many door-buster specials are designed to get you into the store so that you’ll buy other items, and Rent-A-Center offers free time on new agreements on Black Friday so that the earlier you shop, the more you save. If having credit cards makes it too simple to splurge, carry cash in a secure wallet. Rent-A-Center makes holiday shopping easy with no credit needed. As in none, ever. You can kiss layaway goodbye, too.

Know Store Policies
Don’t assume that you can purchase items with the plan of simply returning them later. Many retailers have special policies for Black Friday purchases, such as charging restocking fees — some as high as 15 percent — or shortening the time frame for returns. At Rent-A-Center, our Worry Free Guarantee ensures that you don’t need credit, service and repairs are included, you can upgrade at any time, and you can choose from flexible payment options—on Black Friday and every day.


Divide and Conquer
Although shopping with friends is fun, you can cover much more ground and score more deals if you split up in the store. Share lists and stay in touch by texting, tweeting, posting, and sharing photos.


Arrive Prepared
Know when heading into Black Friday that in addition to crazy deals, you will also encounter crowded aisles and long lines. Bring a book to read while you wait, pack snacks and water in an easy-to-carry bag, and keep the big picture in mind: You’re creating holiday magic. Visit a Rent-A-Center store near you to learn how Magic Happens Here this season.