Black Friday Shopping Tips

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Summer is barely over but the surest sign of fall is already turning up on TV and online – Black Friday ads. As much as we all love the sun and the beach, this is a nation that’s more than ready for football, big turkey dinners, and even bigger deals the next day. If you’re looking to make the most of your Black Friday at Target, Walmart, or any other major retailer, read on for these Black Friday shopping tips.

1. Do your research. Get as much information as you can about the Black Friday sales being offered by your favorite stores. Don’t just rely on flyers. Hop online and check out store websites or coupon forums for last-minute info on how to score deals before you set your alarm for Friday morning. You can even scout the store out Wednesday night before it shuts down for the holiday to see if you can get a sneak peek at the deals they’ll be offering. This will also help you memorize which departments are in which area of the store, so you won’t have to waste time searching on Friday.

2. Shopping lists. Black Friday 2013 promises to be just as massive as the Black Fridays that have come before it, so don’t even think about going into a store without a game plan. If you’re going to take one piece of advice from this article, make it this one: write out shopping lists for every store you plan to enter. Rank the items in order of how much you want them so that if things get crazy you’ll be able to prioritize and calmly scoop up your most desired deals.

3. Split up. If you’re lucky enough to have a shopping partner or, better yet, an entire family of bargain hunters, divide up the items you want so everyone can focus on getting just a few things. Plan out a meeting spot in the store so you can check in with your fellow shoppers and see how you all did.

blackfriday best buy4. Watch your cart. If Black Friday 2013 is anything like the others have been, you know people are going to get nuts. Once you’ve got your TVs, laptops, tablets and other discount goodies in your possession, watch them like a hawk. You’re the one who put the all the planning and effort into how to score deals and how to make the most of your shopping, so you should be the one who’s rewarded with the goods, not the guy who’s willing to snatch something out of someone else’s cart.

5. Watch your step. Black Friday isn’t just hectic, it can also be dangerous. In years past we’ve seen stories about employees and customers alike being trampled to death, and that isn’t something we need repeated. Be aware of your surroundings and stay to the outside of crowds, if at all possible. And if you see another shopper or an employee fall to the ground, call as much attention to it as possible without endangering yourself.

6. Be patient. All of these big box stores like Walmart, Target, and Sears know what’s coming when Black Friday hits, but they’re never quite prepared for it. Last year Walmart even had to deal with employees going on strike. Everyone working on Black Friday is trying their hardest, and they want you to complete your purchases just as quickly as you do, so try and keep that in mind when you’ve been standing in line for 40 minutes.

These shopping trips have a way of getting just as complicated and competitive as the football games that were on the night before. If you plan to be watching next year’s games on a big screen LED, then make sure you’ve got your wallet, your shopping lists, and a good alarm, and keep these Black Friday shopping tips in mind to make Black Friday 2013 your most successful yet.