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Black Friday Shopping Tips: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

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With Black Friday 2013 creeping up, it’s important to be prepared. Check out these Top 10 guidelines on ways to avoid any issues, be prepared, and skip inconveniences on the big shopping day.

1. Online Shopping May Get You Better Deals

When you think of Black Friday, you think of malls and stores with an insane amount of shoppers. What you may not realize is that many of the same stores you have your eyes on are offering the same deals online. Plus, there may even be online exclusive sales going on. So, before you think about running out in the craziness, check your computer. And, don’t forget about Cyber Monday!

2. Participate in Email Alerts

Many stores are using email alerts to let their customers know about certain promotions and discounts. Plus, coupons are being sent to customers via text. Pick your favorite stores and see if they offer these alerts. As a result, you may receive deals and prices that others may not.

3. Compare Prices

Competing stores often have the same products in stock. Check online, in the newspaper, or on the store’s website to do a little comparison shopping. Just because it’s Black Friday, doesn’t mean that all deals are amazing. Find the site or store that caters to your budget.

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4. Keep An Eye on Your Budget

It’s easy to get caught up in all the craziness with all the doorbusters and insane discounts, but it’s important to mind your wallet. A good idea is to come up with a budget beforehand so that you don’t go too overboard.

5. Check Return Policies

Great buys are definitely awesome, but be sure to check the return policies. A lot of items may be final sale and you don’t want to get stuck. Plus, every store has different guidelines, so check those as well. If you get caught up in the Black Friday craziness, you may not be able to return your impulse buys. And, make sure you are aware of any re-stocking fees or return deadlines. These details may sway your shopping decisions.

6. Don’t Buy Anything Just Because It’s a Good Deal

Sure, doorbusters and low prices are great. We’re easily drawn in to good deals, but don’t just buy something because it’s at a substantial discount. Do you really have room for that elliptical machine or the jacuzzi tub? Didn’t think so …

7. Create a Wishlist

It will be easy to navigate within store departments if you have specific choices in mind. Create a wishlist for yourself that will detail the items you need to buy and those you’re thinking about buying. Organization is key.

8. Be Comfortable

If you’re venturing out into the craziness of Black Friday 2013, you’re going to want to be comfortable. There will be tons of shoppers weaving in and out of aisles and you may be faced with a lot of walking or holding tons of items in your arms. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a big bag to carry all your purchases in so you don’t get trampled by other shoppers. You also won’t be weighed down as much by your items since you’ll have a big bag to carry them in.

9. Bring Cash

On crazy shopping days, machines malfunction and lines grow longer. You’ll find that some cashiers will open “cash only” lines for convenience and if their credit card machines fail. Plus, cash is always quicker anyway. Therefore, bring cash if you can and you’ll save yourself a little chunk of time.

10. Read the Fine Print

How many signs have you seen that have a big discount written on them, but have very small lettering underneath? Perhaps the lettering reads something like “exceptions may apply” or “until 1 p.m.” and we forget to double check the terms. Once we make it to the head of the line and are made aware of our mistake, many of us buy the item anyway. Don’t be fooled. Read everything.

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