Black Friday: A Survival Guide

Ah, Thanksgiving. A time to visit the in-laws, give thanks to everything important in your life, and stuff your face with Turkey and Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy and Corn and Ham and Pumpkin Pie and–

Sorry. Got carried away there.

But once that clock hits midnight (and in recent years, much sooner), Black Friday is upon you. And hopefully by then, you will have made an almost full recovery from your food coma. At this point, you realize you need to maximize your minimum time window. I mean sure; You can totally load up on caffeine, pull an all-nighter, and shop ’til you literally drop. But if you have responsibilities and obligations, or if you simply need your beauty rest, then this can prove problematic.

So here is a brief guide on how to survive Black Friday:

1.) Plan your shopping spree.

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure to properly plan your night/morning of spending. Not only will all major retail and department stores be extremely crowded, but there’s a chance you will miss out on a big ticket item that was only available as a door buster. There’s also the fact that you will be exhausted and won’t want to dillydally.

Here is an in-depth guide to some of this Black Friday’s best deals.

2.) Get a shopping buddy.

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There is safety in numbers. Not only that, but it’s much more fun to shop with a friend. Go grab a friend and save!

3.) Location is everything.

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Big name stores like Best Buy and Walmart are hot spots for Black Friday. But there are plenty of other retail outlets that could very well have the bargain(s) you are looking for. Drive around and try to find any shopping malls with little to no cars. Who knows what deals you may find.

4.) Don’t overpay for your tech.

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With all the sales floating around this time of year, it’s difficult to truly decipher a “good” deal. I mean, that new iPad mini you’ve been scoping out may appear to list for an amazingly low price, but unless you have done a little digging, you won’t know for sure. And why overpay when you don’t have to? We live in an age where there is an endless bounty of information at our fingertips. Why not utilize it? There are tools out there that can help you price match and decide when to strike.

Camel Camel Camel is an Amazon price tracker which monitors price drops and that item’s history of pricing, so you will know if that deal is worth it.

SlickDeals can track pricing from all around the web, providing you with a plethora of deals, discounts, and coupons. It won’t track a product’s pricing history, but it will send you email alerts when that item drops.

InvisibleHand, a web browser add-on, is not a true price tracker, but it will automatically pull up the cheapest pricing in real time on that product from various sites. It is 100% free, and will remove the hassle of opening 10 different browser tabs to search for deals.

5.) Make sure to keep hydrated.

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This. This is everything. Your body needs water. And all the caffeine you will most likely be consuming will only dehydrate you. Make sure to take a few water bottles with you on your spending spree. And don’t be afraid to stop what you’re doing to refill.

6.) And take it easy on the energy drinks.

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This may come as a shock to you, but those energy drinks that you have come to cherish and rely on for your daily tasks are not good for you. Now granted, one here and there won’t kill you. But on a night like Black Friday, slugging back a few cans of pure caffeine can prove to be a bad call. Increased heart rate in an already high-energy environment and negative neurological side effects may lead to less than desirable results.

We hope this survival guide will prove fruitful in your near future, money saving endeavors!

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