Savings Tip: Preparing for Black Friday

As soon as the table is cleared and the dishes are done, many of us will be getting ready for — or already headed out to — what has become a post-Thanksgiving tradition: Black Friday holiday shopping.

But, don’t get caught up in the excitement. If you do, you could end up spending more than you intended, putting a big dent in your budget.

Consumer Reports has some helpful Black Friday tips, including:

  • Shop the ads in the days leading up to Black Friday.
  • Shop online first, to see if the same deals are offered online.
  • Shop close to home – the price of gas may siphon off your Black Friday Savings.
  • Check the stores’ return policies – just in case.
  • Buy the items you really want, not the “doorbusters.”
  • Avoid “bait-and-switch” tricks.

Another website, BlackFriday.com already has a preview of Black Friday deals coming up from featured retailers including Amazon, Macy’s, Walmart, Toys R Us, Radio Shack, CVS, Gap, Overstock, Harry & David and scores more. You’ll even find how to download a free mobile Black Friday app from the iTunes store. Decide beforehand what you want to buy; Black Friday isn’t a time for browsing.

And, Examiner.com has a list of suggestions to keep your Black Friday shopping expedition fun rather than a hassle. They include:

  • Make whatever arrangements you have to in order to keep your Black Friday adventure kid-free.
  • Pack a snack to keep your energy up, and hot coffee or tea to keep you warm when you are waiting outside to get into the stores.
  • Dress in layers; it may be very cold outside and very warm inside.
  • Make sure you have a POA – a plan of action. Make a list of the stores and the items you want to find in each.
  • Shop with friends. It’s more fun!

Are you a Black Friday holiday shopper? Share your tips with our readers!

Happy shopping!

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