How to Prepare for Black Friday Shopping

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How to Prepare for Black Friday Shopping. Many consider Black Friday to be the biggest shopping day of the year. The day after Thanksgiving is the unofficial start of holiday shopping season. You'll find great bargains on many of your Christmas gifts. But, you will also witness hundreds of voracious shoppers all vying for the same items. Here are a few tips to help prepare for this momentous and stressful event.

  • Make a list of people that you're shopping for and note possible gift ideas for each person. Keeping a notebook of your information helps you focus and finish your shopping more quickly.

  • Scour the sales ads in your newspaper. Several weeks before, you will begin to see ads for what specials different stores will be running. Make note of the ones that interest you, and clip any coupons that the stores offer. Look online at different stores' websites for more information on their promotions. Take note of what day and time each store opens for the big sales.

  • Arrive at the shopping mall or store early. Some stores now open on Thanksgiving afternoon, some at midnight, and still others in the very early morning on Friday. No matter what the opening time, people typically are already lined up well ahead of time.

  • Enjoy your day of shopping. Stay hydrated and make frequent stops at your car to drop off shopping bags. Resist the urge to get stressed out or lose your temper with your fellow shoppers. Remember, it's just shopping.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pack a lunch. The food courts will be extremely crowded and the lines long. Keep a cooler in your car with drinks and food for quick stops between department stores.
  • Shop online even before the stores open. Many sale items are available online for delivery or pickup. Some stores even offer additional promotions on their website.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Don't worry about looking stylish.

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