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Top Tips for Parents Heading Out on Black Friday

Black Friday can be a great opportunity to score some deals on Christmas gifts. Many stores hold sales on popular items like electronics, toys, and clothing. But those who are inexperienced with Black Friday shopping can feel overwhelmed with the large crowds and hysteria. The following tips can help parents prepare for heading out to shop on Black Friday.

Get There Early

The number one tip for Black Friday shopping is to get there early. Some of the best deals will have people lining up outside the doors hours before opening. This usually only applies to doorbusters and extreme discounts on electronics. Store opening times on Black Friday can vary greatly so it's important for you to research and plan accordingly based on the deals you want most. Be prepared to stand in line if you're looking for that great deal on a TV, gaming system, or super popular toy.

Stay Calm

You may have heard the horror stories of people who've been injured on Black Friday. There are even stories of fights breaking out over the latest gadgets. These instances are rare but it's still important to remember that safety is key. There's no deal that's worth the risk of injury. Always stay aware of your surroundings, especially when loading packages into your car in the dark. It's also helpful to shop with a buddy so you can look out for each other.

Map Out Your Route

If there are several stores you want to hit and more than one deal you're looking for, it's important to map out your route. Decide which deals are the most important to you and check the store opening hours. You can make a plan based on the location of the stores, the opening hours, and the priority of the deals they're offering. If you're looking for doorbusters, be aware that stores usually spread them throughout the store which can mean a lot of running. Some of the larger stores will actually post a map online so you can find the deals you're looking for more easily.

Black Friday shopping can be stressful if you don't plan ahead. Be sure to stay safe and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Make a map of your desired route based on sales, get to the stores early, and always stay calm. These tips can help you get the most out of your Black Friday shopping adventure.

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