8 Black Friday Shopping Tips You Need To Know Before Going To The Mall (PHOTOS)

Ready, set, shop!

You either love Black Friday or you hate it. There are those eager to get out there, save tons of money and get in on the killer deals, or the thought of the crowds, early mornings and shoving has you running in the opposite direction.

If you are one of the brave ones who is planning on venturing out to the sales this year, make sure you have a game plan to utilize this day to the maximum and get the most bang for your buck. To help us prepare for Black Friday, we hit the streets and talked to some serious shoppers who gave us a few tips on how to make the most out of the doorbusters.

Here are the eight best things that we learned:

1. Get Your Z's
Some sales start at midnight, others at 4am, and just about every time in between. Make sure you are sufficiently rested to handle the masses that will be out and about trying to score a deal.

2. Make A List, Check It Twice
When you stumble into a department store and see racks and racks of clothing, it's hard to figure out where to start. If you've made a list ahead of time of the items you're after, you'll know which direction to go as soon as you walk through the door.

3. The Buddy System
Make sure you bring a friend when you go shopping (divide and conquer people!). Not only can this friend hold your spot in line when you need to use the restroom, but they can also offer an honest opinion. Maybe that $5 polyester dress isn't the most flattering.

4. Measure Up
To avoid carrying three different sizes of the same item while you roam around a store, hit your favorite spot ahead of time and try on a few pieces. Knowing your size going in will streamline the buying process.

5. The Early Bird Gets The Worm
If you want the best deals and the most selection, get up early. You can handle it, Black Friday is only once a year.

6. Ditch The Credit Cards
When prices are slashed, it's easy to convince yourself you need a fourth pair of winter boots. If you only travel with cash , you will only spend exactly how much you have budgeted for. This year, make it a guilt-free Black Friday.

7. Light Layers Are Key
Avoid chunky sweaters, heavy knits and superflous accessories. Try wearing a form-fitting tank so you can slip sweaters and T-shirts over your outfit (this will save you time lining up for a change room). You also may want to leave the bulky jacket at home -- after all your arms are going to be full carrying your new purchases.

8. Fluids, Fluids, Fluids
Make sure you bring a bottle of water with you and a few light snacks. Hours on your feet, pushing your way through crowds can leave you exhausted and dehydrated -- and no one wants to be the person who fainted in the shoe aisle.

Check out the retailers who are offering awesome discounts this Black Friday.


2012 Black Friday Deals From A-Z

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