How to Shop on Black Friday

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What’s the best thing about Thanksgiving holidays? Black Friday Sales! Do you flock to your favorite retail outlet to find the year’s best deals? If so, let Daily Idea suggest a handful of survival tips to make your shopping experience a little less frantic.Link Resources: MSNBC, BlackFriday.info, Black Friday Ads

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Hi, I’m Nikki Key and you’re watching the Daily Idea. As we approach Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to give thanks for the important things: life, love, good health and fifty percent off everything in the store. Yes, gang, it’s almost Thanksgiving, or as I like to call it, Fat Thursday. The best part about Thursday is, well, Friday. Black Friday to be exact. Hundreds of years ago, Black Friday may have been synonymous with some pestilence, but these days Black Friday is the day when retailers begin turning a profit for the year. Maybe you’re one of the millions of Americans who awake from your turkey hangover to flock to your favorite retail outlet to find the year’s best deals. If you are, let Daily Idea suggest a handful of survival tips to make your shopping experience a little less frantic.

First of all, if you suffer from agoraphobia, Black Friday isn’t for you since you’ll spend the entire day surrounded by crowds. And some of them won’t be happy about having to wait in line to fight for the last Tickle Me Elmo…now with leather pants. Start by mentally preparing yourself for the shopping equivalent of a mosh pit.

Now that you’re ready for the grind, plan a strategy based on the items you want to buy. If you want specific information about a product category, consumer reports dot com is a great resource for figuring out which digital camera or dvd player is the best value. Other sites like about dot com or amazon dot com offer thousands of user product reviews. Do some research online to help you narrow down your list of items.

Now, get the Thanksgiving Day newspaper and flip through all of the ads. Once you’ve gone through the ads, you’ll want to consult an online price comparison website, such as shopping dot com or bizrate dot com so you can avoid overpaying during your shopping frenzy. Be sure to take the ads with you to avoid any disputes over the price of an item that should’ve been marked down.

Many retailers offer deeper discounts if you’re willing to come in at absurd hours. Decide which locations are worth standing in line in the dark and which locations you’ll take your chances on later in the day. Then make your list and plan your shopping route hour by hour. If you’ll be up before the sun is, dress in something comfortable and warm since you’ll probably be standing outside in the cold. If you live in southern California, dress in as little as possible just as you normally would and wear sunscreen. Comfortable shoes are a must, but no Crocs, please. Can we all agree Crocs are so nineteen ninety never?

If you’re feeling particularly chipper, Laura Coffey of MSNBC.com suggests you make friends with people in line. She believes “a spirit of camaraderie will not only make the long, dark wait more pleasant — it also could prove to be a godsend if you must give up your place in line so you can run to the bathroom.” Ok, good point, but if you intend on throwing elbows and cursing at woman and children once you’re inside, I’d suggest you just keep to yourself in the parking lot.

We hope these survival tips come in handy. If you chicken out at the last minute, remember you can always shop online this year.

And that’s another Daily Idea.

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