Black Friday is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. If you don’t have a strategy in place, you could miss the best deals. However, it is important that you guide yourself on how to start watching for deals, how to keep your budget intact, and how to avoid disappointment.

Know What You Can Afford. Before you spend a dime on Black Friday, set a budget and stick to it. Make a list of everyone for whom you’ll be shopping, what you’ll buy them, and about how much you expect those items to cost. That’s your firm budget limit – spending more is unacceptable.

Follow Retailers on Social Media. This is great especially during the holidays when retailers ramp up promotional activity and offer last-minute deals in higher volumes.

Prepare to Stand in Line. No matter what time you shop on Black Friday, you’re bound to encounter at least one notable wait. Make sure you have entertainment on hand, lest your boredom leads to impulse purchases. Think about adding a new playlist or audiobook to your phone (and remember to take out your earbuds before dealing with any store associates). That said, focus on the essentials. Don’t haul anything that’s likely to become a pain to carry around while shopping.

Stay Away From Impulse Purchases. There’s a variety of items to avoid on Black Friday, and impulse purchases are definitely on the list. When you’re saving a lot of money on Black Friday, it’s easy to feel like a couple of extra items won’t matter. This kind of thinking will destroy your Black Friday budget!

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