After your fill of turkey on Thanksgiving, it is time to hit the pavement and start shopping on Friday. Below are some tips to help safeguard your shopping experience.
- Do your homework. Have a plan of what you need and where you can find the item at the lowest price.
- Secure your purchases. Place items you purchase in the trunk of your car or out of view of a thief.
- Guard your cash & credit cards. With the large number of people in stores, it is very easy for someone to grab a purse and flee. Keep your cash and credit cards in your front pants pocket.
- Charge your cell phone. If you are shopping with a group, this is a must. Also keep your phone in your pants pocket…especially a smart phone that has personal data on it.
- Know the return policy. Some items purchased on Black Friday have a more strict return policy. Be sure you know what the policy is.
- Get a gift receipt. Face it, you won’t be able to make everyone happy with his or her gift. A gift receipt makes it easier for the individual to return the item and get what he or she wants.
- Stick to your budget. Don’t overspend this holiday season. Make a budget and stick to it.
- Avoid the crowds. If you can do without the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, consider shopping online. Most stores offer Black Friday deals online beginning Thanksgiving Day.
- Use your smartphone. There are apps designed for Black Friday. Explore these apps as they may be useful for your shopping experience.
- Know what to buy. Certain items are actually less expensive at other times of the year. Examples are higher end electronics and jewelry. Toys are expected to be the least expensive on December 10, 2012.