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Black Friday Shopping Tips

Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at 6:11 am
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Ready for Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year? So is everyone else. If you don’t want to miss out on that hot deal but still want to stay safe, you’ll need some strategy and tips in your shopping arsenal. Here is my best advice.

Know the deals

Know exactly what the deals are as well as any restrictions. Some deals may have limited quantities in the store, some deals may allow you to only purchase one of an item and some deals may only be available at certain hours of the day. You want to understand the details of the deal in order to be best prepared to get it.

One way to keep up with the Black Friday deals is to check the FreeCoupons blog. I’ll be posting the hottest store deals as they become available.

Do your research

Just because that coffee maker is only $3 or than HDTV is only $200 doesn’t mean that it is the best deal for you. You want to make sure to do your research on the products behind the deal. Something that breaks within a few months isn’t a deal. Neither is something that doesn’t have all of the features that you need. Check product reviews and Consumer Reports magazine to make sure that the products are worth your time and your money.

Bring supplies

Some of the deals are tough to get and may require getting up at the crack of dawn to stand in line hours before the store opens. You’ll keep your stamina if you are prepared with a few supplies. First of all, bring a buddy. A friend can hold the line if you need a bathroom break and can provide support. Plus, the two of you can divide and conquer in the store, such as picking up two each of the hottest items, so you both can score as many deals as possible.

Make sure you also have water and some snacks to keep you going throughout the day.

Shop online

Finally, consider shopping online. Online stores also offer door busters and other hot deals, but without the hassle of standing in line. Instead, you’ll need to gather your coupon codes and be aware for limited time offers.

Happy shopping!

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