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Holiday Shopping Tips Thread


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Holiday shopping tips

Check circulars and pay attention to advertisements.
Take advantage of promotions and special deals, such as $5 off with a $50 purchase.
Know store policies on returns and gift cards before you buy.
Shop early. Merchandise might not be there when you return the next time.
Park in well-lit areas and lock your vehicle.
If possible, leave children with a relative or baby sitter. If you do shop with your children, keep them close at all times.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing expensive jewelry.
Create a checklist of gifts.
Put together a budget.
Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes.


I just thought i'd create a general tips thread based on the information from this news article

Please add your own tips to the thread and i'll update the list :)



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Here is one I always go by, Expect long lines and tons of people so go with a good attitude, if you are going to get annoyed then stay home.

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Go easy on the morning coffee as the lines for the restrooms can be nearly as long as the lines at the checkouts. :)
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If your SO gets cranky because he/she dislikes shopping, do NOT bring him/her along. Expect to spend time just looking for parking space, unless you shop early, very late, or are lucky. Don't leave bags visible in your car, thefts from cars increase at this time of year.
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If your SO gets cranky because he/she dislikes shopping, do NOT bring him/her along.

Expect to spend time just looking for parking space, unless you shop early, very late, or are lucky.

Don't leave bags visible in your car, thefts from cars increase at this time of year.

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Hi everyone New Poster here! I'm so excited I can't hardly stand it! I leave the hubby at home and he works at getting the online deals. I agree if you go with a positive attitude you will have a better time. Don't expect to get in and jump right up to the register ... there WILL be lines. Have fun and I hope you get what you are looking for ( just as long as it's not what I'm looking for! ) J/K

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If your SO gets cranky because he/she dislikes shopping, do NOT bring him/her along.

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Hmmmm good advice. -banana-
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I have been shopping BF sales for about 6 years. My mother and I go with two of my sisters. The best thing that we have found that has worked for us is making a list the night before and giving everyone we shop with a copy. If two stores open at the same time we leave early enough that we drop one off at one store then someone off at the next. If there is two of us in one store we split up and grab what is off of each other's list. If we end up with two and only need one you are sure to find one happy customer to take it off of your hands. We meet up before we check out to make sure we have everything. We also keep cell phones with us incase we run into any confusion. We go to every store that we wanted to and usually are done before noon. My husband use to think we were crazy until I showed him just my receipts a few years ago and I save over three hundred dollars and only spent five hundred. That really isn't bad considering I got most of my shopping done that day and I have three children.

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Tips for Holiday Shopping

The first tip is that shoppers should be safe with their money. It is important to be aware when using an ATM, as thieves can easily steal cash or account information, such as your PIN.

Sergeant Corey Woodhans of Roseville says that you should look over your shoulder before taking any cash from the machines, as it is easy for a thief to steal money right in front of people.

Second, never hesitate to ask a mall or storeís public safety officer to escort you to your car, if you feel endangered.

Third, donít leave packages or a purse unattended for even a brief period of time. Thieves will often carefully watch shoppers to see if they are at anytime distracted from their belongings.

Women should carry their purses across their chests, not just on one arm. Men should always carry their wallets in front pockets and not back pockets.

Fourth, always place your packages in your trunk of your vehicle, out of sight of people walking by.



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Chiropractors Reveal How to Avoid Holiday Shopping Aches and Pains

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i did this with my sister last year and it was very helpful. usually we shop for clothes on black friday and those lines are ridiculously long. since we like different things, if we go a store that i like, she will go in there and start standing in line while i look for my stuff, and we usually know what we want. by the time i get my things, we are ready to checkout. Some stores, if the lines are too long we both take turns standing in line while the other looks. it works very well and a lot of saves time. we hit all the stores we both wanted to go to by 10:30ish-11:00 so its always nice to bring someone along... im in in nyc in case anybody wanted to know...



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