Feeling overwhelmed by Black Friday? Not sure how or where to start? Check out my list of eight key tips for success in "Your Smart Guide to Black Friday Shopping" published at Walnut Creek Patch. Here's a snippet:
- Do your research: Dig around online at Black Friday forums, and monitor the websites of your favorite stores. Or, opt for the old-fashioned method and pick up a newspaper Thanksgiving morning. Make a list of exactly what you want, the prices, and note any time limitations.
- Keep the junk mail: The junk mail you just tossed could contain valuable coupons and announcements regarding Black Friday. I've noticed more and more stores offering coupons in print vs. online, likely because offers become viral so fast.
- Read the fine print: Often stores will offer high-ticket items such as flat screen TVs at a fraction of the price, resulting in a line of customers outside as early as 3 a.m. What the campers don't realize is there might only be five of those TVs available at each store. If you're doing your research (as you should be), make sure to read the fine print to see if the item limits are posted.
- Make a plan: Black Friday is no time for spur-of-the-moment shopping. Aside from a list, you'll want to make a schedule to keep track of sale times. If you'd like to be the first in line for a freebie, you should be there when the store opens, which could be as early as 4 or 5 a.m. Some stores offer storewide discounts that end at a certain time, while others offer the same specials all weekend long. Pay attention and plan accordingly.
Read the remaining four tips at walnutcreek.patch.com. You'll also find a breakdown of Black Friday freebies and sales in Walnut Creek, that also apply to other cities nationwide.
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