How to Make the Most of Your Black Friday Shopping
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How to Make the Most of Your Black Friday Shopping

Posted on Thursday, November 24th, 2011 at 7:12 am
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In order to get the most from your Black Friday shopping, you will need to create a plan, and then stick to it. Try these Black Friday shopping tips.Are you ready for Black Friday?  It can be overwhelming to try and navigate your way through the multitude of deals, sales, and special offers.  In order to get the most from your Black Friday shopping, you will need to create a plan, and then stick to it.  It is also helpful to remember some common sense advice about shopping.

Black Friday Shopping Tips

Do your homework.  In the days before Black Friday, take the time to investigate what the different retail stores are going to offer.  What will be on sale?  Can you get that item at another store for less money?  If you have your heart set on being able to purchase a particular toy or electronic item, then you need to make sure that the store you are intending to shop at will actually have it.

Make a plan.  Where do you want to shop?  You cannot hit everywhere at once, so you are going to have to prioritize your shopping trip.  One way to do this is to start with the store that will be open the earliest.  Get what you need from that store, and then move on to the next most important one.  Or, you can choose to get in line at the door of the store that you believe will have that special item that you simply must purchase for a loved one this year.

Dress in layers.  Most of the time, shopping the Black Friday sales requires people to stand in line, out in the cold, in the wee hours of the morning.  No matter what part of the country you live in, you can be certain that this wait will be a very cold one.  Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves.  Put on a t-shirt, and then a sweater, and then your winter coat.  This will help insulate you from the cold, and make your wait a little less uncomfortable.  You can always take off some layers after you get inside the store, if the store is too warm.

Leave your children at home.  Shopping on Black Friday involves a lot of time spent waiting in lines.  It also includes plenty of chaos as shoppers push past each other in order to grab the items that they came here to buy.  Small children and infants can easily get trampled, knocked down, or pushed out of their parent’s arms while this stampede is going on.  This type of shopping can be incredibly traumatic for a child to experience, even if he or she doesn’t end up getting hurt.  Do you really want your kids to watch adults behaving badly?

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