Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season. Millions of Americans do their holiday shopping on this day. Some retail stores started the trend of opening their doors as early as the evening of Thanksgiving Day. Hard-charging shoppers opt to leave family celebrations early to be there when store doors open and hunt for newly discounted items.
Retailers often offer unprecedented discounts to lure in crowds. After all, big discounts encourage consumers to come out in droves and stock up on their holiday presents. While some people may choose to keep Thursday unfettered by shopping, they may line up as early as midnight to be the first to snag big-ticket items on Friday morning.
Many things sold on Black Friday are heavily discounted. Retailers often take this day as an opportunity to clean out their old inventories in preparation for restocking for the holiday season and the coming year. In addition, some retailers even mark items so low that they take a loss on them in hopes that you will come into the store and buy other items as well.
While Black Friday is a great time to pick up gifts for others, you can also use the day to purchase some things that you may need. Hiring a handyman every time something breaks is expensive. It’s often a better investment to stock up on basic tools that you can use to perform minor repairs. With a proliferation of DIY repair videos online, a little patience and the right tools can enable you to fix or install many things.
Tools can be expensive, big-ticket items, so it’s a good idea to venture out on Black Friday if there are deals to be had. Consider investing in the following tools:
- For a beginner – It’s helpful to start a collection that includes a screwdriver set, a tape measure, a toolbox, hammer, duct tape, a flashlight, a set of pliers, a utility knife, a putty knife, a handsaw, and an adjustable wrench.
- For a semi-skilled homeowner – If you feel you are ready to move beyond minor repairs and dabble in more ambitious projects, you can start collecting the following tools: multibit screwdriver, 35-foot tape measure, bucket-liner tool organizer, 18-volt nickel-cadmium drill/driver and circular saw, 4-foot level, wheelbarrow, stud finder, socket set, and a multi-tool.
- For a skilled homeowner – If you are in this stage, you are ready to handle serious repairs in the house. You should consider adding the following to your tool collection: 18-gauge brad nailer, miter saw, laser level, table saw, worm-drive saw, rolling tool storage, multi-function oscillating tool, and random-orbit sander.
Most of the items in your tool collection could be purchased from a single home improvement, unless of course, competitors offer better deals. Watch the ads and enjoy your new-found deals.