Black Friday shopping tips

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Black Friday can be an exciting shopping day, but it can also be a nightmare.

Customers wait all night for stores to open and battle their way in the front door to get their hands on the best deals.

Even though Black Friday allows you to buy electronics, clothes, toys and other merchandise at a great price, it can be a very dangerous experience.

Below you’ll find a list of 8News tips to help keep you safe while shopping.

Walking to and from your vehicle:

  • Be sure to check your surroundings for anything or anyone that may look suspicious
  • Watch out for pickpockets – Be sure to carry your purse or wallet close to your body
  • Do not leave shopping bags or packages visible in your vehicle
  • Carry your keys in your hand when walking to your vehicle that way you don’t have to dig in your purse or pocket to get them

While shopping:

  • Do not bombard into a store. You can be bumped into, trampled over, or accidentally bump or trample over someone else.
  • Do not carry a lot of cash. Credit cards or debit cards are the best option when shopping around a lot of people.
  • Be sure to save all your receipts. A cashier could accidentally charge you for something you did not buy, charge the wrong price, or forget to charge you for an item. Also, you may have to return an item and need the receipt in order to do so.

Shopping with your family:

  • If you’re shopping with small children, be sure to bring a stroller or place them in a shopping cart so you don’t have to worry about them running off while shopping.
  • If you’re with older children, be sure to have a meeting place in the store just in case you get separated while shopping.
  • Have your children memorize your telephone number just in case. They can go to security or a store clerk and let them know they’ve been separated from you and can call you.

Be safe and enjoy Black Friday!

You can check out other 8News RVA Holiday Happiness articles here.

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