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Black Friday Tips

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Take a List

  • It seems basic but many people head out the door without one. Make a list of what your looking for and know how much you have to spend. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and buy more than you need

Travel Light

  • Shopping Malls get warm so wear light clothing, reduce your purse size as much as possible, a small shoulder bag leaves you unburdened and hands free
  • wear comfortable shoes

Do Your Homework Now

  • Compare brands, models, prices, read consumer opinions. Know which is best so that you can get the best deal.

The Early Bird Gets the Deal

  • Whether you shop after midnight or hit the store at dawn, many retailers offer additional discounts for those early bird shoppers. If you want the best deals and the most selection, get up early. You can handle it, Black Friday is only once a year.

Smart Phone- Smart Savings

  • Smart phones can lead you to smart savings - from coupons to product and price comparisons even interactive mall maps - there's an ap to help you save time and money.. Or the latest click on the black Friday tab on our home page

Social Perks

  • When it comes to saving money it pays to be social.. Sign up for store or product e-mails to get coupons and notices of special sales. Like your favorite stores on facebook, follow them on twitter. Many stores offer friends and fans added discounts !

Before Friday Deals

  • Some stores aren't waiting until Friday or cyber Monday and products are on sale now, be sure to check on line before you head out to the mall.

Divide & Conquer

  • Shopping with friends is fun but you might do better with a divide and conquer theory. If each of you go to a different store, you can shop for each other and take advantage of those early bird bonuses without running yourself ragged

Mall Maps

  • Smart Phone users can find interactive maps and bonus information in aps. Going to the Galleria? load "The Simon Malls". Selecting "The Club" will get you maps of several local malls including Baybrook, First Colony, Deerbrook and The Woodlands malls

Be Safe

  • Whether you shop online for Black Friday or wait for Cyber Monday you want to be safe with your shopping. Update your computer's anti-virus software. Create or update your online passwords. Only shop on secure sites look for the https in the URLs before you make a purchase.

Feature Creature

  • Compare features as well as prices, sometimes what you expect to be standard on an electronic device might not be included so when you're comparing prices compare features as well. Know what you're buying There may be a reason that price is so low.

Clipping Coupons

  • Don't forget the coupons! Many are available on store sites on line right now and of course Thursday's paper will be full of them. Everything from early bird extra discounts to specific items. Some apps also provide electronic coupons offering you yet even more ways to save money.

Have a Game Plan

  • Not only do you have your shopping list, Plan ahead what stores you ‘ll hit first and know what you want at each store the more footsteps you save the more energy you'll have at the end of the day.

Survival of the Fittest

  • if you are planning to shop til you drop - you might want to pack a few essentials - water bottle, cell phone charger, a snack bar and of course a whole lot of patience

Get Your Z's

  • Some sales start at midnight, others at 4am, and just about every time in between. Make sure you are sufficiently rested to handle the masses that will be out and about trying to score a deal.

Bring a Friend

  • Some people like the divide and conquer route but it's also fun to shop with someone and then you always have someone to stand in line while you run to the restroom and it can pay off to have someone honest with you That dress isn't so hot no matter how much money you're saving!

Measure Up

  • Know your size and the sizes of the folks you're shopping for. You might even hit your favorite spot ahead of time this week and try on a couple of outfits and then swoop in on Friday and cash in on the deals. Knowing sizes will streamline your shopping

Ditch The Credit Cards

  • When prices are slashed, it's easy to convince yourself you need a fourth pair of winter boots. If you only travel with cash , you will only spend exactly how much you have budgeted for. This year, make it a guilt-free Black Friday.

Limit Credit Card Use

  • Keep the use of credit to a minimum. If you must use it, put your charges on one credit card — the one with the lowest rate if you carry a balance. Remove all other cards from your purse or wallet. Don't apply for store cards just to snag one-time discounts. The ideal approach it to not charge a single item unless you can repay in full when your next bill arrives.

Beware of Special Credit Card Offers

  • In addition to rewards and bonus deals, some companies are tempting consumers by offering incentives such as no-interest balance transfers, extra perks by meeting certain spending levels and increased cash back in specified categories. Resist the bait. Companies know that many won't; that's the reason total consumer credit card debt is close to $600 billion.

Use lawaway

  • Take advantage of the resurgence of holiday layaway programs. Retailers from Kmart and Sears to Toys R Us and Wal-Mart have lowered or waived fees this year that shoppers pay to participate in these interest-free, pay-over-time programs. With stores eager not to lose customers to the competition, debt-conscious consumers can snag gifts at attractive prices while not having to pay an extra fee just to avoid buying with their credit cards.

Go Online

  • Make a list of what you want and how much you want to spend. Check out decide.com, which uses data to help you decide the best time to buy a certain product. A bevy of websites already have posted stores' Black Friday deals. Check out sites like bradsdeals.com and the blackfriday.com that list hours for the holiday weekend.

 

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