Tips for Holiday Shoppers

By Michael Bartiromo | Fox News
Expert shopper Kathy Spencer has tips which will give you an  advantage over other deal-seekers. Spencer author of “How to Shop for Free,” knows about shopping and retail. Spencer has valuable advice for holiday shoppers like you who are looking to win big  savings.

1st Tip: Bring a List “A list in hand is imperative,” says Spencer and she offers a printable Black Friday Master List on her website…
2nd Tip: Do Your Homework Spencer suggest check the item’s reviews before purchasing. She says, “A great deal isn’t a great deal if the product is sub-par!” And remember to comparison shop… if you find an item is everything you dreamed it to be. “Know who has the best price-match…”
3rd Tip: Use Online Resources
“Follow your favorite stores on Facebook and Twitter to be in-the-know for any early unadvertised starting times … Most stores make the deals available online earlier than advertised. If you really want it, scoop it up online before even leaving the house.”

Tip #4: Dress For Success
You don’t want to wear your Sunday best to a Friday free-for-all, because the name of the game is comfort on heavy shopping days. “No high heels or uncomfortable shoes,” urges Spencer, who also suggests dressing in layers. “Stretch before heading out,” she adds, because a limber body is always your ally when navigating the cramped aisles of a department store.
Tip #5. Don’t Sweat the Small Deals 
“Avoid the clothing and grocery stores,” says Spencer. “This is a day for big savings on big items.”
Tip #6: Leave the Kids at Home
Thanksgiving is a day for family, but Black Friday is most certainly not.
Tip #7: Be Prepared for Anything
When you’re finally ready to head out the door, make sure you’re over-equipped for your journey, with your lists, coupons, water, snacks, keys and cash at the ready. After all, you never know how long you’ll be gone, or where the day will take you.

“Black Friday is not a day to wander and look; it’s a day to move or be moved,” Spencer explains. “It’s not a place for small children, for safety’s sake.”
“Black Friday is a mission,” says Spencer. “And if you’re playing to win, you need to have a game plan and be ready for unexpected events.”

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