From the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia:

The official holiday shopping season is nearly here and BBB serving Central Virginia offers these tips to make your shopping experience productive (and maybe even enjoyable).

Black Friday, November 26

Black Friday is traditionally the single busiest shopping day of the year, arriving a little earlier this year, with many stores already advertising Black Friday prices. If you do decide to shop in person on Black Friday, these tips can help.

Make the most of Black Friday deals. Start with a list of items and use sale flyers and promotions to determine which store has the best price. Set a budget and stick with it before heading out.

Read the fine print. Some retailers may offer an additional percentage off the purchase, but could exclude certain deals or items such as “door busters.” Watch for companies boasting a high percentage off; the item may be “75% off,” but the original price could be inflated. Carefully check the price tags, terms, and conditions. Research online using a secure WIFI connection to see if competitors have the item at a better price.

Plan out the excursion. Sometimes it’s not necessary to wait to see what deals will be offered on Black Friday. Retailers often will release Black Friday flyers weeks ahead of time, so consumers can plan out their shopping spree.  Make a map of the stores to visit and what items are at which store. Some retailors only honor sale ads during a certain time…

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