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How to Handle Black Friday

December 29th, 2012 Seasonal

If you're looking to score sweet deals on appliances and gifts for the holidays, Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is the time to do it. All kinds of stores offer killer savings and extended hours on this retail holiday, which means there are awesome opportunities, but the festivities can get a bit out of hand and stressful if you're not prepared. Make a list of what you want to get first, then shop away.

Online To avoid waiting in huge lines, you can go online to do your Black Friday shopping. 1. Preview the bargains. If you look up retailers' websites beforehand, you'll know if the items you want are being offered at a discount. 2. If you have free time on Thanksgiving, look at what's available. Some online stores start their deals a day ahead of the rest. 3. Stay up later or wake up earlier to take advantage of any website changes made overnight. 4. Keep your receipts. If the product you bought gets further discounted later, many stores will let you get that price within two weeks of purchase.

In store If you're not afraid to shop in person, being prepared will help you get what you want. 1. Look for coupons in the Thanksgiving day newspaper to help you make your list. Bring them to competitors if the original store has sold out - they may be willing to match the price. 2. Check out the floor plan. Knowing where the item you want is located can prevent you from wasting time searching for it and potentially missing out on the deal. 3. Look for a window of opportunity between waves of shoppers. If you go shopping around 8:00 a.m., the really early shoppers have probably gone home and the later shoppers are likely still getting ready. You could still find plenty of deals.