Confession: I kind of like the hustle and bustle at the mall the day after Thanksgiving. I do not like driving round and round the parking lot for 30 minutes, but I just won't let it get me down. I enjoy seeing what's in store, people watching and soaking up the festive energy. Just me, and 137 million like-minded shoppers.
But I'm not a Black Friday shopper in the true sense of the word. I don't get up in the middle of the night to shop (unless my editor makes me) and I don't camp outside stores. For me, it just doesn't seem worth the hassle. True bargain hunters say the deals are there -- if you're prepared (and interested primarily in electronics and toys).
Do your homework: Know regular prices on items you're interested in buying, so you can be sure to spot a true bargain. Bring a buddy to stand in the ridiculously long lines while you grab the goods. And keep your eye on the sales. This is not the day to buy merchandise at full price -- it's bound to get marked down within a week or two. Ah, the joys of the season!