Black Friday shopping ideas 2010

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Before you go hunting for the best door-busters on Black Friday 2010, do some research. If you want the best deals, you’re going to have to plan ahead and create a game plan for the year’s biggest shopping event. Here are some Black Friday shopping tips to help you get the most out of this season.

Black Friday Tip No. 1: Do your homework

The first Black Friday shopping tip is don’t venture into the mob of crazy shoppers unprepared. Figure out exactly how much you can afford to spend. Factor in all your monthly expenses, such as food, utilities, gas, rent, etc. Once you have a reasonable dollar amount in place, make sure to stick to it. Next, go online and search for Black Friday coupons and ads. Keep in mind that sometimes listings may only tell you how much you can save on an item, not how much it is actually worth. So be very careful while you shop and pay close attention to store offerings and prices.

Black Friday Tip No. 2: Don’t forget the little guys

When it comes to Black Friday, shoppers are easily swayed by the door-buster deals offered at major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy. But as puts it, shoppers will “need to get in line Wednesday night” to get their hands on their biggest Black Friday shopping discounts. With national press and an extensive list of Black Friday ads, it’s no wonder these stores are able to attract an endless flow of determined, impatient shoppers. However, you can skip the long lines and head to smaller retail stores like Office Depot, Radio Shack, Office Max and Sam’s Club, to name a few. The shopping experience is much more pleasant, as you won’t have to wait in lines quite as long or deal with over-stressed shoppers and staff.

Black Friday Tip No. 3: Black Friday shopping online

If you would rather avoid the whole shopping madness altogether, consider the option to shop online for Black Friday 2010. Many retailers are changing the face of Black Friday traditions, offering many of their discounted items directly online. What’s even more exciting is that you don’t have to wait till the actual day to start saving on the best buys. So get online and get a head start.

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