Is it really a good deal? A lot of Black Friday deals are awesome, however, there are several items that you can find cheaper throughout the year with various store discounts and sales. Don't forget that Cyber Monday follows too! If a deal is not good enough, don't go out to grab it because you will waste a lot of time, body heat, fuel and will run the risk of being trampled.
Did you know that a lot of stores now have their Black Friday deals available online as well? If you can't make it out or want to save fuel, this is an option as well! Of course, items will sell out quickly, but if you are quick on the draw, you will do fine. Not spending enough for free shipping? Some stores have other free shipping options such as Shoprunner, for stores like Toys 'R Us which allows you to get free 2-day shipping on all orders, or free shipping at Target when you enter your RED card number.
If you still choose to head out, be sure to plan your trip. Be fast and efficient with a map of where you plan to go and what you plan to grab. Some stores will hand you a store sale map while you are in line outside which will save you a lot of time and hassle. Don't forget, more than likely you will have to get to the store VERY early to get in on time and it will probably be very, very cold, so be sure to bring some warm clothes, a warm beverage and some snacks to keep you busy while you are in like! Waiting in like, be kind to others and strike up small talk and your wait will go so much faster and you may make a new friend! My Black Friday experience last year was AMAZING. I got everything I needed, no hassle, I was in and out very quickly and met some great people! I never thought I would enjoy Black Friday shopping so much! I went by myself so I was not held back by anyone, but if you go with a friend, make sure you both know what you are getting and team up and split up to be in and out in a jiffy.