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How to Survive Black Friday

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As Thanksgiving approaches, so will the holiday deals. A great day to take advantage of these deals is on Black Friday. However savvy one may try to be on Black Friday, there are still a few things to keep in mind. Here are five tips for surviving Black Friday shopping.

1. Location, location, location

There will be deals at many different stores. To make sure you are getting the best one, check out a few stores you’re interested in and investigate what stores really have the best deals. Some stores are already posting Black Friday deals, so going the day of may not be necessary anymore. Take a look around the area and decide what is a good move for your time and your wallet.

2. Know what you want

Let’s face it, the day of Black Friday can be an absolute mess. It will help you lessen the stress on yourself and other shoppers by knowing what you want before you get in line. Visit the stores you want to go to and check out the price points and availability of the items you want. This way you have a game plan going in, and you can get out of the store in no time.

3. Dress comfortably

Going shopping for Black Friday deals will most likely be a fast-paced and chaotic event. So, to be safe, make sure you are wearing proper clothing that will keep you safe and snug for waiting outside in the lines at the door and for racing through the aisles.

4. Bring a buddy

It is always fun to shop with someone by your side. On Black Friday, a friend or group of friends can help you find sales and make sure all your lists are taken care of. Also, having someone simply drive you to a location and pick you up when you’re ready can help alleviate parking as a potential Black Friday obstacle.  

5. Wait Until Cyber Monday

The best way to avoid the mania of Black Friday can be to just not go at all. On the Monday after Black Friday, many online stores will have sales, and you can shop from the comfort of your couch. Additionally, some retailers may even have Black Friday sales online rather than in stores.

In the end, Black Friday can either be a complete mess or a safe haven from paying too much for items. Keep these tips in mind when you shop this holiday season, and you should survive Black Friday.

 

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