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What to Do & Not to Do This Black Friday

Keeping a clear head and getting the most bang for your buck on the busiest shopping day of the year.

Black Friday is just around the corner.  Many retailers put up extravagant deals on big ticket items to get the shoppers rolling in as early as possible.  These unbelievable sales, door buster deals and the frantic feeling of Black Friday combined may have you spending way out of your budget without you even realizing it. 

Here are some tips to make sure you use your super shopping day to the fullest and stick to your budget:

-Make a list and check it twice!  Go through the circulars and make a list of what items you want to get and from where.  Make a detailed itinerary of which shops you want to hit in which order, and what you will be purchasing from all.  Set a budget that you want to spend.  Leave a little extra room in your budget for items you may find to be great deals while shopping.  This will also help you conserve gas!

-Too good to be true! Don’t get suckered in to money back or discount promotions.  Many stores will offer store cash back or discounts if you spend a certain amount.  That’s great if you hit that amount, but don’t go buying extra items just to make the cut! 

-Beware of the gimmicks: Many stores may advertise things as being the lowest price of the season or make it seem like they are giving you a fabulous deal but you may not be getting as good as a deal as you think. Hold off on items that you aren’t too sure if the cost is that discounted and do you research on any items you  are planning to purchase to make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck.  If it’s a spur of the moment purchase you think is a fabulous deal, make sure you are getting the best deal by using a cost comparing app on your smart phone(ie: Red Laser). 

-Keep the stress level down! Unless you are going for a specific item, consider waiting until the crowds die down.  Of course, most stores will be busy all day regardless, but if you are just going for items you are sure won’t sell out, why wait on a line for two hours beforehand?  You will feel less stressed, less frantic, and most likely, will make better purchasing decisions with a clearer head (and a full nights rest)! 

-Be strategic! Consider taking your chances and waiting until ‘cyber Monday’ for the pre-holiday sales:  Most retailers offer the same, and even better, deals online on the Monday following Thanksgiving.  Most online retailers couple their offers with free shipping, making it almost silly to stand outside waiting online on black Friday. 

If you follow these tips, keep a clear mind and a create a strict plan, you can utilize this super-savings day to the fullest and maybe even cut your holiday spending dramatically!  Good luck and happy shopping!

Leslie H. Tayne, founder of The Law Offices of Leslie H. Tayne, P.C., assists consumers and individuals with the resolution of their unsecured debts. The firm's flexible and well established policies and procedures have helped thousands of individuals lead a debt-free life. For more information, call 1-631-470-8204 or visit www.attorney-newyork.com

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Jeannie November 16, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Now, more than ever, your local merchants on "Main Street" need you to shop local. We have all lost a lot of business, also, as a result of Sandy and combined with this awful economy most of us are hurting. Please, shop local for Christmas. I did last year and I will gladly do it again this year. SHOP SMALL!!! Have a great holiday season!
Roseann D'Elia November 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Thank you Jeannie, We need the people of our communities to come together and help us stay on main street. Come shop Hand Made in America! The Studio by Tre-Femmes Accessories,LTD 223 Deer Park Ave, Babylon NY.
Jeannie November 17, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Roseann I own a Life is good store on Main Street in Huntington. I have worked with our Chamber to try to instill in the public the necessity of shopping local, who it supports and where the money goes. We are here to serve our customers - it may be easy to shop box stores or online, but you are undermining all the efforts of your small business owners. Nuff said. Have a great holiday and SHOP SMALL!!!
paul November 17, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Be realistic, if you are over priced on items I can get easily elsewhere why would I do that? Juat asking...
paul November 17, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Be realistic, if you are over priced on items I can get easily elsewhere why would I do that? Juat asking...
Paul LaFrancesca (Paulie La) November 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Jeanie, If your business doesn`t serve the needs of the community why would they shop there? also effective advertising would help, what does a Life is good store sell? I never heard of it.
Frank P. November 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Paul why do you think Small Business are over priced? At my store BirdBrain Parrots in East Meadow we are less expensive then the major retailers, and if you want to go online to shop after paying for shipping we are still less expensive. Now I can't speak for every "Mom and Pop store but the ones I support with my business are usually the same price or lower then the big store chains. We sell all dog, cat, and parrot supplies that Petco or Pet Smart can't match our prices. You would think that at the quantity they purchase their supplies it would be significantly cheaper, but it's not. So "Shop Small" and support your local businesses. BirdBrain Parrots 529 East Meadow Ave, East Meadow
Frank T November 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Stay home with family and friends. Help those still in need from the hurricane. We have too many retail stores on LI.
Chris November 26, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Let's keep buying cheap Chinese crap that we do not need! Keep all those storage facilities in business!

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