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How to Survive Black Friday

Have a plan and be early! Mastering the consumer obstacle course that is Black Friday requires not only a strong set of elbows, but careful preparation. The following will help you navigate the trenches of Black Friday terrain.

Stalk the stores You Plan to Shop on Black Friday
The last thing you want to do is walk into a store on Black Friday without a plan. By making a list or excel spreadsheet of the things you want and the prices that are available at different stores, you can make quick decisions should the first store run out of your items.

Get Up Early & Hydrate!
The deals and doorbusters start early, so you should get an early start! 10% of shoppers were already in line by midnight last year (the ones who didn’t shop on Thanksgiving Evening!) You’ll be burning off that turkey with 5 Hour Energies and lots of water. You might as well bring some snacks while you’re at it. You could be hungry in just a couple hours.

Dress the Part
Baby it’s cold outside. So dress like it. Wear active clothing that you can move around in and layers.

Use Helpful Black Friday Apps
Get familiar with apps like TGI Black Friday or BlackFriday.com before you’re fighting the crowds so you know how they work. These apps will let you sort deals by popularity and save your favorite deals to a wishlist perfect for any game plan.

Pack Your Essential Credit Cards
Supply your shopping survival kit with a West Community MasterCard® and get 0% APR for 6 months* on all purchases made between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. If you don’t have one, apply today and allow 2 weeks for the delivery of your new card.

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Sometimes the best sale isn’t on Black Friday
If big crowds and cold weather aren’t your thing, don’t do it. Ecommerce often offers better deals with a free shipping bonus if you purchase a certain amount or on a certain day (Free Shipping Day is December 18, but maybe you don’t want to wait that long).  45% of deals accessed online were from mobile devices, so you can even grab your deals on the go with your morning coffee!

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