How to Shop on Black Friday
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How to Shop on Black Friday

Posted on Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 11:58 am
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Black Friday is the best shopping day of the year and also the worst. You can get the most amazing deals that you will never find at any other time of year. The door buster deals are incredible, and stores often lose money on them. But with a limited supply of those hot, hot deals, the competition is fierce.

Shopping on Black Friday can also be pretty overwhelming. Is it worth it to fight the crowds? How do I know when a deal is really good? How do I prepare for Black Friday shopping? Where can I find the best deals? How can I make sure that I get what I want? These are just a few of the questions that you might have about Black Friday Shopping.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a series about shopping for Black Friday. I’ll arm you with all of the tips that you will need to get out there and have a stress free Black Friday shopping experience. I’ll help you get the deals and not overspend.

So let us get started.

First thing you’ll need to do is to start your general list. This will help you target your needs and wants and not get caught up in the Black Friday frenzy.

Write down all of the things that you hope to purchase and whether or not you can be flexible on the item.

For example, you may want a new HDTV for your home and not care about the brand as long as it is 42 inches. Or you may want a specific Harry Potter Lego set. Since Black Friday is also a great time to stock up for you home as well as for holiday gifts, take an inventory of everything that you would like to have if the prices are good.

Not only will this give you a great place to start preparing for Black Friday, it will give you a good concrete foundation.

So, go get that list started, and check back to this blog. I’ll step you through getting ready and talk about some new things that the stores have in mind this year, such as a more widespread ticket system to keep things fair.

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