Black Friday strategies

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Black Friday is upon us and retailers are strategizing on how to get you to part with as much money as possible. It's best to take on Black Friday shopping with a few strategies of your own.

First, analyze every item of the ad to pinpoint false deals. Then, don't get sucked in by the psychology of displays and the fear of missing out. Next, use the tag team method. One person gets in the checkout line immediately while others fan out and grab the pre-planned items -- and nothing else.

Beware advertised minimums. Stores will likely only receive the minimum quantity on items stated as having a minimum in the ad. Either make a play for just that item or wait. Big items will go on sale again. Sometimes waiting, while watching online and in-store sales and using coupons can yield a better price than that Black Friday deal ever could.

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