What if I told you that I have some helpful tips and tricks to get the most out of your Black Friday experience? I promise to help you get through Black Friday alive and have saved lots of cash. Whether you will be shopping in-store or online, these tips are sure to come in handy.

The first and most important tip is to be prepared, and with Black Friday right around the corner, now is the time to get it together. For those of you who will be shopping online, here are a couple of tips to be certain you get the deal you want. Before you start shopping, be sure to clear your cache. Doing so will better ensure that your computer will not freeze up and betray you. Also, be sure that you have your auto-fill turned on and ready to go. This way when you are putting in your shipping information it will take 5 seconds instead of 30 seconds, which could be the difference in you getting that last Hatchimal. It would benefit and save you time as well by familiarizing yourself with Amazon's 1-click checkout. Most importantly, you want to have your credit card out and ready to go. Do not be that person who loses out on a fantastic deal because you were digging through your purse, or scouring your house looking for your card.

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If you are looking forward to going out to the stores on Black Friday, I am going to guess it mostly has to do with tradition and atmosphere. You enjoy the craziness of the crowds and the thrill of the find. You can't wait to beat the woman standing next to you to that 75% off bedding set. You love taking pictures of you and your friends all wearing your customized DIY Black Friday sweatshirts. And of course, you want to score the best deals. Doing so takes a little bit of work and research.

First, check out our Black Friday predictions from those of us here at Thrifter.com. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on everything Black Friday. Second, make a list of what you want and check it twice. See which of those items are going to be discounted on Black Friday. Some prices do get inflated right before Black Friday, which can make you think you are getting a bigger discount than you actually are. Therefore, doing your research ahead of time will come in handy so you don't get bamboozled. Be sure to check the prices of the products you want weeks ahead of time by going to the store's website, or by Googling them or checking Amazon to see what the average price normally is. You will also want to check to see what items on your list can be bought for the same Black Friday price online. You will most likely be able to buy those a day or 2 ahead of Black Friday. Last year, a few stores even had their doorbusters online as early as the Monday before! Now you have a pared-down list of what you need, which will make your time out with the crazies that much shorter. Next, find out what times the stores you need to shop open and their locations and map them out. Lastly, make a final list of your items, the stores you need to hit and at what times.

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There you have it. If you go into Black Friday prepared with this information, it is bound to make your Black Friday outing not only tolerable but maybe even…fun?

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