The ONE Thing You Need to Do for the Best Black Friday Shopping, Ever

Personally, I’m having a very hard time accepting that Thanksgiving is in a week (I kind of freaked out when I flipped through my date book yesterday). What with the turkey and the travel comes Black Friday and even if you’re not setting the alarm clock for 4 A.M. and getting in line at your closest big-box retailer, I know you’re at least going to be cruising the Web and considering buying something. I’ll be breaking down the best sales and tactics next week (get ready for it), but before then, I’d like to prep you with my biggest, most important piece of advice: Start making a list.

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I love shopping, and one of the best parts of my job is that I’m always seeing new things. More often than not, I support a good gut impulse buy—if you have a strong reaction that you need to have something, you must really like it and will wear the heck out of it. But this is the one time of the year I work on seriously restraining myself because, no joke, everything is going to be on sale in about 10 days.

Write down anything and everything you’re interested in shopping in a list (or make a Pinterest board). If not, you could fall prey to that same horrible phenomenon that comes around every time my grandparents ask me what I want for the holidays: I’m struck dumb, utterly unable to think of a single thing that I’d previously been eyeing. It’s horrible.

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