If you are planning to be standing in lines late Thursday night into Black Friday morning, you’re going to want to bundle up. A cold front is expected to blow through, with temperatures expected to be anywhere between five and 15 degrees.

Despite the cold temperatures, no matter where you look there seems to be some hot deals.

However, before you take advantage of them, here’s what you need to look out for. According to an article on Fox News entitled 5 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping Scams to Avoid This Year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the times that consumers are “increasingly at risk” for threat. The article says that to avoid scam, be mindful of the following: fake apps, hoax coupons, email campaigns, counterfeit items, and fake Facebook pages. Basically, make sure that you’re getting a good deal by doing your research and avoid anything that is not an official store site.

Furthermore, Black Friday definitely does bring in revenue for stores. The article says companies earned $19.6 billion online alone. And, I can see why. With these crazy door busters that everyone has, everyone can surely save some serious dough.

But, how can you know that you are getting the best deal? Believe it or not, shopping on Black Friday is not always guaranteed to be the best deal. According to an article on Forbes entitled 5 Myths About Black Friday, while it is true that retailers heavily mark down a few items to lure customers in, there are a few that retailers keep at regular price. So, before you set foot in the store, do your homework to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Furthermore, one thing to avoid spending too much money is simply only buy items that you may need or want. And, don’t buy something for the sake of it being a good deal. Make sure it is an item that you know you’ll use or enjoy. I know that is common sense, but how many of us have overspent on stuff that we don’t need? One way to avoid this? Make a list.

One thing that I have found is to know the prices¬†of things — and keep an eye on them. This is especially true for things that do not normally go on sale. For instance, if you have been dying for a Nook for instance, and notice that the price drops for Black Friday, then snatch it up.

Finally, another good tool for Black Friday shopping is the website Black Friday. The site has a cohesive list of all Black Friday advertisements for stores.

Happy shopping!

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