Top 5 Tips for Black Friday Shopping

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Black Friday marks what is commonly know as the busiest shopping day of the year. With Thanksgiving officially over, retailers from across the nation are in a hurry to push the holiday shopping season to full gear with all kinds of limited time offers and major steals and deals. It is no wonder why shoppers end up lining up hours before the stores open to get the first pick on the sales items. From purchasing big electronic items to basic day to day commodities, here are our top 5 tips for Black Friday shoppers!

Do Your Research

When it comes to holiday shopping and savings, a little bit of knowledge can go a long way in assuring that your Black Friday excursion is as efficient and successful as possible. Turn to your local paper ads in the mail or connect with stores online to compare prices. Big name retailers and some of your other favorite stores will be competing amongst themselves to draw in the biggest crowds during this annual sales event.

Sign up for Email Alerts

Before Black Friday arrives, stores will be pushing their promotions and introducing their best deals to drive sales and ramp up their profits before the end of the year. By signing up on their email lists ahead of the holiday season, you will be alerted to any special promotions that might occur on Black Friday. Also, save these deals so that you can access the discounts or coupons via your Smartphone or mobile device.

Dress Comfortably

For seasonal discount deal hunters, Black Friday is a full day shopping event. It involves traveling from store to store, and hours of waiting in line. The night before, be sure to set your alarm clock if you plan on getting there when doors open, and be sure to prepare a comfortable outfit. But more importantly, prepare an extremely comfortable pair of shoes because you’ll most likely spend more time on your feet than you might expect.

Bring Cash

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Checking out at the cashier can get pretty out of control when it comes to Black Friday shopping. To help expedite the process and get consumers in and out of the store faster, some retailers go as far as designating certain check out lines for shoppers paying in cash. These lines tend to move faster and are usually shorter, since many shoppers choose to pay by credit or debit cards.

Budget for Cyber Monday

With all the focus on getting those Black Friday deals, it can be easy for consumers to budget all their holiday funds on immediate in-store savings. However there are still great deals when Monday rolls around. After all, the best deals don’t necessarily stop on Friday! In today’s tech savvy, digital age retailers continue the holiday promotions through their online store to establish what is now commonly known as “Cyber Monday.” Save some of your disposable income and shop for some of the best online deals directly from the comforts of your home!

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