Black Friday Twin Cities

Your guide to bagging bargains without losing your sanity.

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  1. Make a list. Knowing what you want will guide where to shop first, and help to avoid acquiring blenders you don’t need and scarves that aren’t really that cute, even for $9.99.
  2. Research. There are many Black Friday websites that list deals— and among them. But the days of keeping sales secret until the last minute are long gone—most retailers now post their specials online in advance. 
  3. Don’t get hung up on “Black Friday.” Just because it’s called a Black Friday sale doesn’t make it the best deal of the season. Winter apparel, especially, will only get marked down further closer to Christmas. While there are a ton of tech deals, another wave of TV discounts happens in January, before the Super Bowl.
  4. Opening hour on Thanksgiving/Black Friday isn’t necessarily the best time to shop. Many big box stores plan to roll out the deals in waves. Best Buy, for example, opens at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving, but will launch “mystery deals” at midnight and doorbusters at 10 a.m. Friday. 
  5. Consider public transportation. Particularly if you’re headed to the Mall of America, where surrounding roads are under construction and delays to get into the ramps can be lengthy. Light rail makes it easy.