The busiest shopping day of the year is Black Friday. There's a lot of activity, and everyone is trying to get the greatest discounts. To make your Black Friday shopping experience as easy as possible, Dakota Square Mall in Minot compiled a list of the top 5 tips for insider shopping, and advice just in time for the big day on Friday!

Make a grocery list.

This may seem obvious, but it's the key to making the most of your Black Friday shopping. Make a detailed list of who you're shopping for (including yourself) and what you need to get, including each person's size and color preferences. Check out each store directory to help you organize your shopping excursion.

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Create a budget.

A budget is necessary when money is scarce. Even if money isn't an issue, a budget will help you avoid overspending. Decide how much money you have to spend overall and/or per individual, and then stick to it. This will also help you reduce impulse purchases. To save even more money, check out the offers page each store put out ahead of time to see which retailers are having the best specials!

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Be practical!

On Black Friday, everyone is out shopping, so expect lines and some waiting. It's all part of the game. If you aren't up for so much social interaction but still want to take advantage of Black Friday offers, consider buying online, picking up in-store, or curbside pick-up options available at select mall stores. Simply stay in the Christmas mood! If you find yourself becoming angry, take some deep breaths and remind yourself that it's only shopping.

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On Black Friday, take care of yourself!

Dress comfortably; wear your most comfortable footwear and jeans. Layers are recommended because it might be chilly in certain stores and much warmer in others. A backpack or cross-body bag is also a good option because it not only frees up your hands but is also a fashionable accessory! Allow time for meals and snacks, as not eating or drinking causes fatigue and irritability. You may even plan your rest stops by browsing our menu options.

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Have Fun With It!

Shopping with others is 1,000 times more enjoyable. Plus, you'll have someone to assist you in making difficult decisions as well as carrying your purchases throughout the day! Make it a party by dressing in matching outfits or wearing holiday-themed T-shirts, headbands, or jingle bells...whatever matches your style and shows other shoppers you're having a good time! Take a photo with your friends - if you're feeling particularly festive, include the big guy! Enjoy yourself, and don't forget your favorite DJ when shopping!

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