Your Guide for Shopping Sales

Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re planning to brave the evening or early morning crowds to score some Black Friday deals, there are a few things to do to prepare:

Review the flyers.With crowds at all-time highs, Black Friday isn’t the time to be a browser. Instead, peruse the flyers and websites and know what you want before your alarm goes off that morning. Skipping this step can mean missing out on the best deals.

Consider your budget.It can be easy to get caught up in the frenzy and overspend. Decide how much you want to spend and stick to it. Also do a quick Google search to see if coupons or promotions are available above and beyond the sale prices.

Make a plan.Timing is everything on Black Friday. Create a plan based on the hours of the stores you want to hit and their geographical location. If you want one of the best deals, you’ll have to be there when they open. If you shop with friends, make a plan to divide and conquer.

Get there early.The early bird gets the worm. The best deals go quickly, and you don’t want to miss out on your chance to bring them home.

Pack some refreshments.Black Friday shopping requires stamina and energy. Pack healthy snacks and drinks that keep you filled up and hydrated. Good choices are nuts, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, water and juice. Bringing your own food means you’ll avoid the temporary spike and big crash that high-fat, high-sugar fast foods can bring.

Don’t wait.If you love it, buy it. If you decide to think about it, you risk that it will be gone when you return.