Compare deals. Do you know if a sale is really a sale? It always pays to comparison shop. Take the time to check prices on the same items at various stores.
Create a budget and stick to it. Make a list, determine how much you can afford to spend on each person, and…stick to it!
Search for Black Friday ads ahead of time. Newspapers often have coupons that give discounts for Black Friday. Black Friday ads may also be posted on the Internet. Some sites post ads for Black Friday before they’re published.
Maximize advance alerts. Do you have favorite retailers? Sign up for their email alerts and take advantage of special social network opportunities. Many stores work to reward your loyalty and you may get a jump on special offers.
Return policies, restocking fees and refunds. Ask for the store's return policy before you make your purchase. Also, ask about restocking fees, and save your receipts in one place so you don't lose them. Many stores will require you to produce a receipt for a return.
Be sure to ask for gift receipts. Without proof of purchase, the recipient may be turned down for returning or exchanging an item or risk receiving a refund at a lower price.
Gift cards. Gift cards regularly top consumers' wish lists. When buying gift cards in a store, check the packaging and any security seals to be sure they are intact and haven’t been tampered with. Be sure to check the terms and conditions of each card.