How to Stay Safe this Black Friday

The frenzy and panic created around this holiday astounds me. As a savvy shopper, I know that I can get a lot of the Black Friday deals online as well as at other times of the year. Every day is like Black Friday to me. But, there are a few deals that I do head out for on Black Friday, and I know a lot of you will be heading out to grab some deals as well. So here are some tips on how to stay safe this Black Friday:

  1. Have a buddy or two for safety purposes. This also means you can grab more deals, too!
  2. Keep your cell phone with you at all times. If you have a purse with you, keep your cell phone in your pocket.
  3. Wear comfortable clothing. A fanny pack may not be stylish, but it may be prudent.
  4. Lock your car and park it in a well-lit area.
  5. Make sure your packages are hidden in your car so that they aren’t visible.
  6. Don’t wear expensive jewelry or carry large amounts of cash.
  7. Watch to make sure no one follows you home (this is how a lot of thefts happen on Black Friday).
  8. Please don’t take your kids with you if it can be helped. Black Friday is dangerous enough for adults without also involving children. It’s better to leave them at home with a relative or friend to slumber in their beds.
  9. Go out later. Most of the panic and mayhem happens over the large ticket item discounts that occur when a store opens. Unless you really need some of these bigger ticket items, plan to go shopping later. I stroll into a store later in the morning, and am still able to grab the smaller deals I’m looking for. Sometimes I miss out on something, but I’m okay with that.
  10. Shop online instead of going out. Most stores are offering the same deals online. Just be prepared for some websites to run slow or possibly crash.
  11. Opt instead for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is when the small businesses are participating in a sort of “Black Friday.” This is a great way to get some deals and help grow your local economy.
  12. Don’t announce online through social media channels that you are not at home. Likewise, don’t tell people where you are.
What are some of your safety tips for shopping on Black Friday? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  1. I keep a large carabeener (sorry can’t find the correct spelling) on my keys and use it to clip my purse to the shopping cart. Never had anyone try to take it but I would imagine they would be quite surprised and not get very far.

    • LMAO! Lol……*wipes tears* anyway i was hoping u could answer my question?

      Well im 14 and was like “Oh yea im going fer sure!” But then i remembered that people got shot and killed during black friday. But then i lightened up again when i heard that only happens when the doors first open. But then i sadened again cuz i heard when u go later the good stuff are gone. Is there any way for people my age to go later when its safer to get good stuff too? Thx!

      • Shop online Christina! Retailers are offering the same deals if not better online. I’ll be staying home and shopping from the comfort of my couch this year. :)

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