With the holiday season approaching, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals can help you save money. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and it is the biggest shopping day of the year. Before you shop in stores or online, here are some safety tips you need to know.
Shopping in stores:
● Plan by researching 1-2 weeks prior to Black Friday and make a list of stores with the best discounts, and what you want to buy.
● If you are the type of shopper who waits long hours in line, you may want to have enough water and snacks with you. It is important to stay hydrated.
● Since it’s November, it is going to be cold. Wear warm clothes and bring hand warmers when waiting in long outdoor lines. .
● If possible, leave your kids at home. Stores get very crowded during Black Friday, which can cause a child to be lost or kidnapped, sometimes without anyone noticing. Leave your kid with a babysitter or relative. If you choose to shop with children, teach your kids to ask for help from a security guard or employee if they are lost, and select a location to meet up in case you are separated.
● Do not argue or fight over an item. Black Friday deals can be enticing, and even the most composed person can get into a brawl with a stranger to get that item. If someone got to that product first, remain calm and ask a nearby salesperson if there is more of that item you want.
● Use a small cross-body purse and keep your purse close to you, or your wallet in an inside coat pocket or front pants pocket.
● Use one credit card and monitor your credit card activity. forget to keep all your receipts.
● Research ahead of time and compare prices with different retailers.
● Avoid sketchy websites. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. Only shop on secure websites you trust.
● Read the fine print and know the store’s or item’s return policy.
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