Black Friday Shopping – 3 Tips For Planning Your Trip

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Black Friday is coming and it is time to scope out the early bird deals of this holiday’s shopping season. It’s no secret that the wee hours of the morning after Thanksgiving hold the best sales you will find all year long. Everything from the latest video game systems to the hottest TV’s, toys, tools and more can be found at deeply discounted prices. If you are trying to stretch your Holiday budget as far as you can this year, it can be well worth your while to participate in this year’s bargain bonanza.Veteran deal scouters suggest that you plan your Black Friday shopping well in advance of venturing out. With a good gameplan and time table to follow, you can be in the right place at the right time and maximize your chances of getting in on the sales. Most stores only have limited quantities of popular items on hand for these sales, so arriving early and choosing the most important stores to visit is critical to your success on this mission.Planning Tip #1: Go Through The AdsWell in advance of these day after Thanksgiving sales stores will make their Black Friday ad circulars available for shoppers. If you need an even earlier look, you can even find ad scans online. When you get your circular, go through it and make a list of the time that the store opens and what items you must have. When it comes time to shop, your consolidated list will come in handy but don’t forget to take your ads with you too.Planning Tip #2: Opening Times & Trip PlanningIdeally you will want to arrive at the store prior to it opening by at least 30 minutes to an hour. Some stores can be very crowded with everyone going after the same deals. Make note in advance of Black Friday store times and if possible look to shop at stores with staggered opening times. Some stores open the doors as early as 3a.m. while others won’t open until 8a.m. Take advantage of this to create a schedule for your trip complete with times.Planning Tip #3: Pack Like a ProPlanning ahead is the key to success and with a marathon shopping spree ahead of you it is important to make sure you have everything you need. If you have a large purse or handbag it will come in handy but remember that you will have to carry it so pack as lightly as possible. You will want to make sure that you bring a bottle of water and a light healthy snack (like a granola bar) to keep you going. Hand sanitizer is also recommended. Of course, don’t forget your list and your ads! Charge your cellphone the night before and if you have a GPS unit, it can come in handy in case you need help getting to another nearby store.By planning your trip in advance, you can charge forward come the early morning hours of the day after Thanksgiving and bring home some really nice gifts without breaking your budget.