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Planning a Black Friday shop?

Black Friday (BF) shopping is not for the faint of heart. Every year after Thanksgiving, consumers flock to stores to score big savings on must-have items and gifts for the upcoming holidays. If you plan to be one of them, put these BF shopping strategies into play this year. 
Track the best deals Check out the websites of your favorite stores to get a sneak peek of what you can expect for deals. Subscribe to retailer newsletters to get notified about BF sales and promotions. Many retailers will also leak in-store or online sale information in the days leading up to BF. To get up-to-the-minute information on the best deals, follow favorite retailers on Facebook and Twitter. Printed ads are typically not available until Thanksgiving Day or the Wednesday before. 
Make a list, compare Avoid the temptation of impulse shopping by having a clear-cut list and don’t stray from it! Once you have a list, match your products to the store that offers the best deals. As you compare prices between stores, consider return policies and warranties. 
Scope things out early Nearly 70% of retailers expect BF sales to jump by as much as 15% this year, according to a recent study. This means even more competition among shoppers. To avoid some of the chaos that BF generates in stores, scope your favorite retailers early Thanksgiving morning or the day before. Sketch a map of where your must-have products are located, and create a route to follow to save time as you collect items. Also determine what stores you’ll be visiting and in which order. 
Take advantage of coupons Pair the incredibly low-priced BF deals with coupons when possible to save even more money. Coupons can be found for major retailers in printed ads, magazines, newsletters, promotional emails and on store websites. Both coupons and promotional codes for online use can be found for individual items or a percentage off of your total bill, allowing you to save money for other items on your wish list. 
Go online, not in line Consumers with Internet-equipped mobile phones and other technological devices can shop online instead of waiting in line. More retailers are offering flash-sales at various points in the day, so take advantage of short sales and online door busters. Use the Black Friday Deal Finder app to search by store, price and item.


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