Valdosta Daily Times

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November 18, 2012

Brittany'sBudget Diary: How to go ‘black ops’ on Black Friday

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VALDOSTA — 2. Make a list and check it twice.

On Thanksgiving day, I buy a paper and I sit down with my mom and go through every single sale paper (in the Valdosta Daily Times of course). Going into Black Friday blind is like a suicide mission. You won't even make it past the first line of defense (or the first row of door busters by the entrance). You need to know what you’re looking for so you can get to it first.

Make a list of all the items you want to snag and be sure to separate your list by stores. Know what time each store opens, and when each door buster ends.

A list is also good because it will actually help you save money. If you follow your list, then you won't get caught off guard by all the other sales like $1 socks. I'm not going to mention any names but someone whom I live with got caught at the door last year and my entire stocking was full of socks and $5 high definition flash nights. I may not be fashionable, but I am snuggly and illuminated. Just what every girl wants.

3. Don't let the casualties distract you.

You all know what a Black Friday casualty is. They are those crazy women running around with shopping carts from Sears through the entire mall who are rushing every table with a red clearance sign.

Think of it this way, if America suffered nuclear warfare at the hands of North Korea and most of the country became zombies, would you do like the zombies and start biting people, or would you run the other way? Duh! You would totally hide. So don't let your adrenaline convince you that those people are buying all of your treasures.

Take your time, think through your purchases and don't buy anything on impulse.

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