Keep your cool and stay focused on Black Friday.

DURBAN - Preparing and planning for a successful Black Friday shopping expedition can make for a fun day out. Elisabeth Pretorius, property manager of Broll’s Springfield Retail Centre shares some tips on how to enjoy the big annual spend :

Dress appropriately: Comfortable shoes and gear are important so you can move around quickly. Packing a few plasters in your back pocket is a good idea too, just in case you develop a blister or two from all the walking around.

Keep your cool: It’s easy to become irritable when in dense crowds of people. Some folk are bound to get angry and impatient, there can be argument between shoppers over items and places in the queue. Before you snap, remember why you’re there in the first place. Black Friday is saving you money, and allowing you to buy the things that you ordinarily couldn’t afford. So, take a step back (but not out of the line, of course), breathe and maybe even make some new acquaintances in the queues.

Pack a snack: Shopping and being ‘hangry’ is never fun. Make sure you have something to eat before you leave home and pack some light snacks such as a granola bar or biscuits. Make sure it’s light and easy enough to carry in your bag.

Create a plan: Black Friday is a pretty hardcore shopping experience and is not a day for window shopping. If you don’t make a plan, you could get lost in the shuffle. More often than not, retailers will have teaser deals, also known as 'Black Friday Door Busters'. These get you in their door and you may be tempted to buy a whole lot of other stuff too. Know what you want ahead of time, stay focused and only purchase items you need. High demand purchases may be limited, so put those at the top of your list.

Set a budget: This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people go beyond the budget or simply don’t have a budget for big sale events like Black Friday. This is dangerous way to go shopping, as it could land you in large amounts of unnecessary debt.Instead, give yourself a maximum amount that you allow yourself to spend and then write a list of things that you need, a priority list from most important to least.

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