November 30, 2015

Top 10 Black Friday Tips

Rachel Berger, '18

Many people wait all year long for the one holiday spent crammed inside the mall. This year, on Friday, November 27, thousands of people will wake up before the crack of dawn and rush to stores to snag the best deals of the season. Although this holiday may seem fun at first, it can end up being very stressful when spent waiting on line or stuck in traffic for hours. Here are 10 tips to make your Black Friday hassle-free:

  1. The best deals sell out quickly, so the earlier you start your shopping, the better chance you’ll have at snatching up those deals.
  2. Not every sale is worth it. Do your research to see if other stores are offering better deals.
  3. Make a list of your “must have” items before shopping so you can avoid buying items that are unnecessary.
  4. Bring snacks to eat while waiting on line. Believe it or not, shopping can work up an appetite.
  5. Start shopping ahead of time. Many stores launch their Black Friday deals up to a week before the “official day.”
  6. Bring coupons. Although the sales on Black Friday are great, there’s no harm in getting additional discounts, so make sure to check which coupons can be used that weekend.
  7. Make sure to check the return policies. Even if you are very familiar with the store, they may change their return policies, so make sure to ask a cashier or check their website before purchasing an item. Ya’ know, just in case.
  8. Shop online. More and more sales have been online each year, so save yourself the hassle of driving and shop at home.
  9. The best deals are usually on the big ticket items, so if you’re planning on buying an expensive item, Black Friday may be the best day to do so.
  10. Bring a suitcase or find a cart to store your bags. You may want to use either one of those items while shopping so you don’t need to juggle your many bags.

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