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Finding Black Friday Bargains

 I was just asked about how to get the best"Black Friday" bargains. So I came up with the following 7 Do's and 4 Don'ts for Black Friday shopping.



1. Check the Ads and compare prices on Thursday. Do remember to include an online search for low prices. 

2. Know what you want and where you expect to buy it before you leave home. This is a search and capture mission. Know what your target is and head straight for it!

3. Check product reviews before you leave home. There may be a reason that this particular model is so deeply discounted.

4. Know how much you expect to pay for the item. No reason for surprises.

5. Know when the doors open. Black Friday opening hours vary all over the place. Some are even starting on Thanksgiving. Read the ad, check online or call the store to know when your target item will be available at the sale price.

6. Get a gift receipt. You want to make sure that the recipient can return the gift if necessary. (you're not the only person shopping Black Friday - his sister Susan could be buying him the same item)

7. Only shop the deals. Don't get carried away with the excitement of the hunt. Bag your game and get out of the woods. (ok, analogy overload)  Get your item and get out of the store.


1. Buy on impulse. A great price doesn't make a great bargain if you don't need the item.

2. Don't assume that the Black Friday price will be the lowest this holiday season. Retailers are under tremendous pressure. For some this holiday season is essential in surviving into next year. That could mean even deeper discounts later in the season.

3. Don't spend beyond your budget. No matter how good the deal is, if you can't afford it, you can't afford it.

4. Don't look at it as a contest. The person with the fullest cart is not the grand prize winner of Black Friday. They will not show up on YouTube or gain name recognition on Twitter.

Hope that you have a safe, sane and affordable Black Friday.

Keep on Stretching those Dollars!





cheapChic said:

Since the game begins so we are off for the horse races again, you know its that time year again...


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December 10, 2009 9:33 PM

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For more than 25 years, Gary Foreman has worked to manage money effectively. Prior to starting The Dollar Stretcher, he was a financial planner and purchasing manager. While helping clients manage their hard earned money as a financial planner, he applied commonsense, time-tested techniques during the turbulent 1980’s. The experience convinced him that you didn’t need to hit the lottery to accumulate significant wealth. Following that, Gary had an opportunity to learn more about how to get the best value for a dollar spent in the corporate world. As the Purchasing Manager for a computer manufacturer, he was responsible for supervising over $10 million in annual purchases. Gary began The Dollar Stretcher website <www.TheDollarStretcher.com> and newsletters in April 1996. Over 300,000 readers benefit from the time and money saving ideas presented in The Dollar Stretcher newsletters each week. His mission is to help people "Live Better for Less". He also provides private label newsletters for companies wishing to provide money saving information for their clients and/or prospects. Gary lives in Florida along with his wife of thirty years and their two children. Much of his time is spent working with the men's ministry of his church. One of their ongoing projects is the "Holy Smoke BBQ" which sells bbq on Friday nights with the profits going to support local foster kids and orphans. When he has a free moment you’ll find him restoring a Checker station wagon nicknamed “Two Ton” or cruising in a '65 Impala SS Convertible with doo-wops playing in the background.

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