By Catherine Dumm
Thanksgiving is in less than three weeks, which means that Black Friday shopping is also right around the corner. Stores have been opening earlier and earlier every year. The past two years, Target and Walmart have opened on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m., right around peak Thanksgiving dinner time. Here are some tips to survive your Black Friday shopping:
1. Check the ads
Look online at different stores to see what they offer. You want to know beforehand what you are looking for. You don't want to go into the chaos completely clueless.
2. Bring a friend
Not only can it be fun bringing a friend with you to talk to while you wait in lines, but it can also help you both accomplish more. You can divide and conquer to get everything you need.
I learned this tip the hard way - if you know something is a good deal and you know it is going to sell out, go for that first! In most stores they only have a certain number of products available during the early hours of Black Friday shopping.
4. Don't wear red in Target
Last year my mom wore a red t-shirt out and on numerous occasions she was asked where things were located.
5. Cyber Monday
If you don’t get everything you wanted to get on Black Friday don’t forget that in 3 days it's going to be Cyber Monday! Sometimes the deals are even better online than in the stores.
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