Black Friday is coming.

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If the overzealous crowds make you claustrophobic you’re probably planning to skip the  lines this year.  Maybe you’ll wait for the highly anticipated Cyber Monday to check out the deals, or maybe you prefer to utilize websites like, which lets you find the best deal for any item near you.

Personally, after filling up on too much turkey, all I ever want to do is take a long relaxing nap and watch a Star Wars movie. The idea of scrolling through endless pages of merchandise or waiting in the infamously long Black Friday lines just doesn’t interest me.

However, if the long lines don’t annoy you too much and the thought of camping outside in a tent or wrestling 5 people for the last item on the shelf excites you, you’ll probably be in the thick of things this Friday.

This year the National Retail Federation estimates 74 million consumers will be shopping on black Friday. 9.5% of shoppers showed up for openings in 2010, and with more and more stores opening early this year, openings may be just as busy this year.  According to Mercury News, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Target will be opening their doors at midnight. Meanwhile Walmart will be opening even earlier at 10PM.

As a college student you’re probably looking for the best deals on laptops, TVs, smartphones, and other electronics. These items are some of the hottest items in demand this Friday. So if you really want to get what you’re looking for, you’ll probably be there when the doors open.

So, here are some tips to help you out on your day of shopping.

Know what you want – With all of those shoppers its best if you head in the store with a strong idea of what you want. It’ll make it easier for you to navigate the crowds. Research which deals your interested in and shop prepared.

Don’t Impulse Buy- If they don’t have exactly what you came for, it may be tempting to just buy something else.  Try not to do it. The best strategy is to leave if they don’t have what you came for.

Pack Lightly- Whether your hitting the stores when they first open or heading out at a more reasonable time on Friday be careful with your belonging.  You’re probably going to get tired so try not to bring a heavy bag that could easily get lost or stolen.

Out of Sight- If you do bring a bag but plan to leave it in the car, make sure it isn’t visible from the windows.

Bring a Snack- Food courts and restaurants are often just as crazy as the stores on black Friday.  So bring a snack and a drink to tide you over.

Be Cautious- Every year there are plenty of horror stories revolving around black Friday.  Don’t be one of them.  Remember to be courteous to others and to keep an eye on your surroundings.

Have Fun- Yes, Black Friday is about the deals, but do your best to have fun while you’re shopping. Don’t let the long lines, the lack of gift boxes, tissue paper or bags get to you. Have a good time.