A Survival Guide to Black Friday

Black Friday shopping may seem like an olympic sport meant for soccer moms across the nation, but this year Boston College students should join in on the bargain-hunting frenzy. Whether you cross items off your Christmas shopping list or indulge in some necessary retail therapy, these tips and deals can help you to make the most of this week’s important holiday.

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1. Upgrade your technology with the biggest cutback of the year.

Sam's Club makes the iPhone 6 available for a 2 year contract and a payment of $100 while supplies last. Limited quantities may ensure the product to only the first 20 consumers, so make sure to take advantage of this deal early.

2. Stock up on your cosmetic supply for the year by attending Sephora's blowout sale.

Although the company has not stated which brands will go on sale, certain products are promised to be available for as little as $10.

 

3. While big brand names and high end retail is tempting, stores like Target or Walmart also offer effective savings.

Starting at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, Target will offer its consumers free money via a 10% discount on the purchase of gift cards. Any Black Friday promotion through Walmart is backed by a one hour in-stock guarantee. Shoppers who are unable to find a product within its first sale hour will receive a rain check honoring the deal.

4. Improve your game day tailgating experience by investing in new household products.

Walmart offers the cheapest grills on the market with four-burner gas grills marked down to $99. Watch BC football’s bowl game in high definition with a Panasonic 50 inch HDTV available at Walmart for $199. And when your party draws to a close, you'll be thankful for the Dyson Vacuum cleaner you bought for only $199.

5. Make strides in your fitness goals by investing in a Fitbit Charge for only $100 from Walmart.

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This fitness tracker monitors your sleep, counts your steps and has a visual display of fat and calories burned. Wrap this device around your wrist before climbing the Million Dollar Staircase and feel less guilty about your Thanksgiving feast.

6. Seize the opportunity to hang lights in your dorm this holiday season by heading to Lowe's.

A 15% discount will be applied to all Christmas inflatables, which means you can embrace the seasonal spirit with an oversized Santa.

7. Black Friday shopping may begin as early as 6 p.m. on Thursday, but it continues through the weekend.

As you head back home for the break, make sure to pay a visit to the small shops from your childhood on small Business Saturday. Stretch your savings across the entire weekend and help out your college student budget.

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