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Top 10 shopping tips for Black Friday

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Black Friday tips

Ahhh, the day after Thanksgiving. While some cheer on football teams and others flee their families at warp speed, the savviest of them all work off the carb overload while taking advantage of the season's greatest holiday deals on Black Friday. Here's your insider guide to nabbing the deals you want, while keeping your sanity on this day of mall madness.

Comparison shop... in the moment!

If you didn't geek out over all of the deals before Black Friday or perhaps you stumble upon a deal that looks too-good-to-be-true while in the field, you need not worry. Simply consult one of the many price-comparison tools available for your cell such as Scanbuy Shopper, or call that friend watching football at home to do a quick internet check for you so you can be sure you are securing the best price.

Haggle.

The art of bargaining is back and all it takes to score an unmarked deal is asking someone with the power to make it happen... well, that, a friendly demeanor,  a good reason to get a deal such as perhaps you will be buying multiples of an item, and a negotiating start point such as 10% off or an extra game controller with purchase. It can't hurt to ask and you might be surprised at the results when you do. Customers from Best Buy to Neiman's have reported successful haggling missions on Black Friday.

Resist temptation.

We know, it is so hard to deny that dreamy pair of boots that is half off or the buy-one get one deal on your favorite perfume on Black Friday, but shopping for yourself only results in spending more money than intended and keeps you from crossing items off your list. Instead, put all of your fall-in-love items on your wishlist and if Santa doesn't deliver, treat yourself when prices hit rock bottom after the holidays.

Be ready to commit.

Many stores are changing their formerly generous return policies this year so know the store guidelines before you swipe this season. Since prices will likely go lower, you may find things you like more and who knows today's Mr. Right may become yesterday's news, be to develop a sound system for keeping your receipts as you are sure to need them if you want to attempt a return this year.

Play nice.

Don't ruin your good Black Friday shopping karma by cutting others in line or fighting over the last cashmere sweater. Remember, everyone is fighting the good fight on Black Friday so instead of letting the day bring out the worst in you, show your festive spirit and spread a little camaraderie instead. Who knows - it may come back to you later on with a to-die-for deal. Not to mention, Santa's watching!

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