Black Friday Shopping is coming soon. The annual fever to grab the discounts in the stores after thanksgiving which, for many of us, is a stressful period. Long queues, waking up early to get to the store,  Some people even make plans to camp out in front of the stores to get to the bargains earlier. Well here’s a few tips to help avoid some of the stress yet still get some bargains.

Make a List

Start off by making a list of the things you want. It reduces the chance that you will buy something on a whim. It makes you focus on what you want beforehand and can save you more money. Make sure you target the right type of goods. If a product is in season and demand is high, it’s unlikely to be on sale.

Visit the Stores in Advance

You want to ensure the goods are available and make a note of the prices so that you can compare it to the reduced price on Black Friday. The day before thanksgiving will be a good time to visit your targeted stores in advance because all the staff there will be preparing for the big day and you will be able to figure out what is being sold, how is the crowd funneled around the store and where will the items on your list be available.

Shop Online

That’s right, black friday deals are also online too. The price differences are negligible and you’ll probably save the price differences on fuel costs, eating out and stress from all the large crowds. The best thing about it is that some of the major stores such as Amazon, have built a big black friday countdown homepage for you to find all their deals. With your list, you can get a good idea of what you should expect to pay. In fact you can just buy online if you don’t want the hassle of going out shopping on Black friday. The best online deals are usually on cyber monday.

Price Matching

Some vendors make stock available ahead of time, but the prices haven;t been reduced. However, they may have a price matching policy. Check to make sure that any price matching policy does not exclude Black Friday.

Watch out for scams

It’s the time of year where people start searching for leaked Black Friday ads which lead to a bunch of scam sites and links. General advice is to go with the brand names and stores that you know and trust. I’ve compiled a list of sites and stores with black friday deals  which will hopefully save you some time in searching.

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