Black Friday Do's and Don'tsNov 22, 2017
One of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday attracts millions of shoppers still in the tryptophan haze. Some of you wait all year to score the once-a-year deals some stores dole out, so it's worth it to know how to get the best deals possible, and avoid "deals" that aren't so great.
DO: Start early! Black Friday deals start earlier and earlier every year, so check out the circulars and website of the stores you're planning to hit.
DON'T: Wait until Black Friday itself to figure out your battle plan. By then, a lot of the deals are gone or out of stock.
DO: Go to bed early and wake up early on Black Friday. You don't want to get a sluggish, late start.
DON'T: Think that eating and drinking into the wee hours of Thanksgiving will help you wake up early enough, or have enough energy to brave the crowds on Black Friday.
DO: Wear comfortable clothing before venturing out. We suggest wearing leggings, a tank top, and sweater/jacket. And don't forget comfortable sneakers - shopping is a sport, after all. This way, you won't have to wait in line for fitting rooms, and can use a regular mirror to try things on.
DO: Compare prices. If you spot a great deal at one retailer, go to PriceGrabber.com, PriceWatch.com, Shopping.com, or ShopZilla to make sure you can’t find a better price elsewhere. There are also a growing number of apps, such as ShopSavvy, Shopular, and BuyVia, that let you scan bar codes to compare prices, get discounts, and score coupons from local retailers.
DON'T: Buy at first sight without comparing prices.
DO: Take a friend who will talk you out of getting a big screen TV for your bathroom. Just because it's a good deal, doesn't mean it's a good idea.
DON'T: Go shopping alone.
DO: Get social. The Facebook pages and Twitter feeds of your favorite retailers are a great way to find out about deals and promotions. Retailers will often reward customers who like or follow them with special alerts to Black Friday discounts and incentives. And texts, tweets, and social media posts are an easy way to share Black Friday shopping deals with your friends.