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5 Ways to Save (Yourself) on Black Friday

<strong>1. Don’t get trampled.</strong> Every year people joke about it, even though every year it actually happens. That’s not an exaggeration. YouTube “Black Friday stampede” and you’ll get multiple videos from every year going back … at least six years. Obviously, this can result in serious injury or even death. Consider alternatives, remember what’s important in life and, if it happens to be convenient, wear a helmet. Seriously. People might laugh at first, but you’ll be laughing last. <strong>2. Don’t look other shoppers in the eye.</strong> You may be the most civilized shopper out there. You may also be a pacifist. You may be so good-natured that your neighbors call you a “saint” and Town Hall has seen it fit to bestow you with the key to the city, but none of that will matter on <a title="Black Friday Sales" href="http://www.atgstores.com/promotions/blackfriday2013.aspx?linkloc=fea_blackfriday2013" target="_blank">Black Friday</a>. Keep your eyes on the prize and your wallet on a chain. Many psychologists agree that for some people it’s no longer about saving money – it’s just about <em>winning</em>, whatever that means. Steer clear of shoppers on this wavelength at all costs. <strong>3. Don’t be fooled by “in-store only” deals.</strong> Advertising is a game of hardball and no one pitches harder than brick-and-mortar stores. They want you in the store so the odds increase that you’ll buy more stuff. The thinking is that you’re already there – you’re already <em>out in the madness</em> – so you’re more likely to just get it over with and do all your shopping right there. <a title="Black Friday Doorbusters" href="http://www.atgstores.com/holidaydeals_19492.html" target="_blank">Check deals online</a> to make sure your trip into Satan’s footlocker is worth the price of admission. <strong>4. Don’t worry about “limited supplies.”</strong> Yes, it’s true that they only make so many things, but there are still lots of things out there for you – even if you’re not the one with your face pressed up against the glass of the sliding doors. That guy might be the first one through the gate, but 26% of the time he’s also the first one to end up with a muddy footprint on his back. Don’t worry about beating that guy. There are plenty of first-place prizes for everyone. <strong>5. Don't rush.</strong> It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s important to note: You should try and relax, and actually enjoy your day. Remember when shopping used to be fun? We realize that a lot of Black Friday shopping isn’t even about buying gifts, but that doesn’t change the fact that getting the right gift is always more satisfying than getting a great deal. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you find exactly what you’re looking for this <a title="Black Friday Deals" href="http://www.atgstores.com/promotions/blackfriday2013.aspx?linkloc=fea_blackfriday2013" target="_blank">Black Friday</a>.
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