Black Friday: A checklist for today’s shoppers

By now you’ve made your must-buy list, done most of your research and, if you’re really good, even scouted the stores.

Now get ready to shop!

Whether you’re a Black Friday veteran or braving your first trip into this annual shopping adventure, here are a few things to remember:

Make a plan: Decide which stores you’ll visit and in what order, based on the items you’re seeking and store hours. Map out your driving route. Keep in mind more crowds are likely during doorbuster hours.

Stay informed: Get traffic and parking updates at AM 750 and 95.5 Fm News/Talk WSB, or at wsbradio.com’s 24-hour Traffic Center.

Prep your smartphone: If you haven’t already, load your apps, including those for price comparisons, coupons and apps to organize your loyalty programs.

Get cash: While carrying extra money also means being extra careful, some stores may have cash-only lines to save you time at checkout.

Eat/dress well: Don’t shop all night or morning on an empty stomach. Eat before leaving home and carry snacks to keep you fueled throughout the day. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Opt for layers instead of bulky coats.

Be safe: Black Friday can bring out the ugly in some people — pushing, rudeness, theft — you name it, it’s happened. Be mindful of your personal safety and keep purchases in your car trunk or otherwise concealed.

Have fun: Sure, you may get a great deal, but Black Friday is really about the experience. Enjoy it!

HITTING THE STORES? Report the best deals, what’s sold out, parking tips and more. Comment on the blog or send updates and observations via Facebook| Twitter (#BlackFridayATL)| Email

– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

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Mike S

November 22nd, 2012
2:09 pm

Lets get ready to Ruuummmbble !!!!