The day after Thanksgiving is the most cutthroat shopping day of the year. You can’t just waltz into a store and expect to snag great deals without a plan of action. We’ve devised a few tips to help you spend your green efficiently.
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Do your research
Don’t wait until the wee hours Friday to plan your shopping experience. Get a jump start on it today. Scour your Omaha World-Herald inserts. And don’t forget to check out ads on each page of the newspaper.
Make a list
Identify what you want to buy, which stores have the best sales and the times those stores open. Arrange your list by the opening times and chart out a route.
Beware of limits
Black Friday deals are notorious for limiting quantity. If a store has only two or three items at that price, go elsewhere.
Tour the store
If you’ve made a visit prior to Black Friday, you’ll be familiar with the layout. Some retailers provide maps of their stores about an hour before they open, showing where sale items might be. Get there early and memorize.
Don’t run, push, cut in line or start fights. Each year there’s a horror story about someone getting trampled over a special deal. No savings is worth that.
Organize a team
You can cut down on your shopping time if you have several people to attack separate stores or sections of the same store. Take walkie-talkies or use cell phones to communicate as you go.
Take along snacks
Bring a go-cup of coffee and something to nibble on. Don’t waste time in the drive-through of a fast-food restaurant or a coffeehouse because you didn’t prepare. Only amateurs hang out at the food court on Black Friday.
Visit small shops
Sometimes they have great deals, too.
Live in the moment. Relish your shopping day with friends and family. Get in the spirit and wear matching shirts, holiday sweaters or elf hats. That will help you identify your team members within a store, but it’s also just plain fun.
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