The Student’s Guide to Black Friday

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Today is one of the busiest shopping days of the entire year, the day when millions of people leave their homes hours before sunrise to get on long line at stores opening as early as 3 a.m.

Lots of college students are still up at that hour, so heading to the store in the wee hours of the morning is no big deal. But, you’re on Thanksgiving break and the thought of heading out and standing in the cold with a bunch of crazy people seems, well, stupid.

Plus, you know that there are other ways to save money without battling with the stampeding throngs to pick up that bottle of Lady Gaga perfume or a signed LeBron James basketball for your kid brother. You want big savings too — after all, you’re not pulling in serious money making pizzas at Gianni’s.

For college students, your guide to Black Friday is as follows:

Sleep in — No sense wasting time doing what you don’t want to do. Let everyone else get up early to hit the stores — you can enjoy the peace and quiet of your home by sleeping to 11 a.m. or later.

Head out — If you choose to head to the mall, you’ll be going there not to buy Christmas presents, but to enjoy the company of your friends. Meet up around 3 p.m. or later and hang out at the food court. Santa will be nearby, shoppers will be dashing from store to store, but you and your friends won’t even consider doing the same. Sip your malted and split a pizza — text your friends to join your growing crowd.

Log on — In the event that there are some serious savings to be had, you know that you can save as much if not more than Black Friday shoppers by checking out the savings and placing your order on your iPhone. Have your order shipped to your home or pick it up at the store when the crowds die down.

Just wait — Savvy shoppers think that Black Friday is the best day for savings, but it isn’t. Cyber Monday, which follows three days later, also offers big savings. Best of all, you will be shopping online and enjoying deep savings, free or reduced shipping and you will be avoiding the hassles of mall shopping.

As for Black Friday, let everyone else do the shopping. By sleeping late, hanging out with your friends later on in the day and finding savings by shopping online, you’ll be the most thankful person in your family on Thanksgiving weekend.

See Also10 Ways to Save Money on Gadgets this Christmas

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