6 Black Friday Shopping Tips

Called Black Friday because it’s the day that retailers tend to get out of the red and into the black, Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It’s a day where savvy shoppers who plan and come up with a coordinated strategy can find incredible deals for items to give during the holidays and beyond. It’s also a day that can be incredibly intimidating to those who want to venture out but don’t know where to start.

Mom Central Founder and CEO, author of four best-selling parenting books and mom expert, Stacy DeBroff, developed a survival kit for families to avoid sticky situations when shopping for awesome deals on Black Friday.

Here are 6 tips from Stacy that can be helpful for Black Friday veterans and novices alike: 

  • Decide Before You Leave the House: ­Amid the adrenaline rush of deals, it’s easy to get swept up into buying items in retrospect you regret. Make a shopping list of key items you’re on the hunt for, and save all receipts in one place in case you want to return some impulse purchases and get a full refund.
  • Deals and Steals Online: ­Follow your favorite brands on Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels to see what they’re offering in special Black Friday discounts. Many retailers will be leaking their ads and specials a week beforehand. Also, the deals and prices online often prove better than those in the stores, especially factoring in free or reduced shipping.
  • Map Out your Mall Shop: Based on which stores have special deals for items you want to purchase, plan out your shopping trip to save time searching. Plus find out stores hours as they often open earlier or stay open late on Black Friday to accommodate the crowds.
  • Beware of Shopping Germ Hot Spots:­ As you check out the newest mini-iPad or grab an electronic pen to sign a credit card receipt, be mindful of germs lurking about in this start to the cold and flu season. Germs congregate on handle bars of shopping carts, escalator railings and displays of toys and gadgets all touched by hundreds of shoppers. Throw into your purse an antibacterial travel pack such as the one from Wet Ones to wipe germs off hands. 
  • Staying Fine while Waiting in Line: You can sometimes be waiting in line for hours on Black Friday. Go for comfortable shoes over style, and take along a bottle of water, a snack­ such as protein bars, nuts and trail mix­ to keep your energy up. Best of all, find a new app to play on your phone to keep yourself entertained instead of frustrated.
  • Double Duty at the Mall for your Haul:­ Go shopping along with a friend or relative who can trade off with you taking the kids to the mall playground, arcade or another side excursion while you both finish picking up the Black Friday deals on your list.

If you’re a Black Friday veteran, what other shopping strategies can you share? We hope that this helps you feel ready to tackle Black Friday unless you prefer to stalk favorite sites for Cyber Monday!

Crazy price sign board decoration at shopping mall via Shutterstock

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