Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, when
department stores and retailers offer huge sales and
deals. Black Friday is is one of the biggest
shopping days of the year and each year many people
search for Black Friday tips to make their shopping run
Years ago, before online
purchases became the norm it is today, shoppers would
prepare for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
This is the one day of the year when most people would
find the ultimate bargains for Christmas gifts. To make
it a bit easier, here are some Black Friday survival
tips for anyone who is preparing to take on this annual
On of the best Black Friday Tips is to check your local newspapers
the week of Black Friday.
They will undoubtedly have pages of ads from department
stores delineating upcoming sales. If there are coupons
available, clip them out. Read the fine print. Sometimes
a sale may be for a few hours on a specific day or one
Ensure you have your complete Christmas list ready.
Check online prices so that you can compare the items
you have selected. Keep in mind that even though the
store might have a variety of sales, it is most likely
the case that some items may not be a bargain at all and
you may find these items cheaper online.
A week before Black Friday, visit the stores where you
will most likely shop. Locate the items you have on your
list. In this way, you will not waste any time on Black
Friday trying to find the specific department that has
For the last several years, most department stores have
extended their hours. Some open at 6am, some at 7am.
Plan which stores you will go to first depending upon
their opening time. Arrive early and head straight to
the department where your item is located. This will
save valuable time. Conversely, if morning shopping is
inconvenient, most stores stay open as late as midnight.
You can easily shop in the late evening as well.
Stay focused on the items on your list. Try not to
wander into different sections of a store to browse,
because while you are looking at other items the
check-out lines are getting longer and longer.
You may have seen the long lines outside a store when a
popular item is up for sale. There are some department
stores and large chains who will allow you to put an
item away until Black Friday. It doesn’t hurt to ask. In
this way, you can pick up the item anytime on Friday.
Finally, you have an alternative to shopping at
department stores on Black Friday. Check the stores
online to determine if they are offering the same sale
items listed in the newspaper. If so, buy online. Note,
however, this does come with a caveat. If you are
purchasing electronics, you may want to visit the store
beforehand to ensure it is the item you want. Also, if
you have specific clothing sizes on your list, you can
easily purchase them online as well. Toy store sales can
go either way; so check online first to determine the
best selling price.
While most people love going to stores to shop, there
are just as many who find Black Friday too intimidating.
Either way, you have options. Even though Black Friday
is the “sale day of the year,” it is not the only day.
Sales will be on-going until Christmas Eve.
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