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BBB gives tips for Black Friday Shoppers

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Black Friday is just around the corner for thousands of Americans.

Dozens of Columbus stores are opening earlier than usual for the biggest shopping day of the year. The Better Business Bureau is reminding shoppers to be follow some simple tips to save time and maybe money.

"As much as you can use credit cards versus debit cards," said Leonard Crain with the Columbus BBB. He said many credit card companies provide protection if you become a victim of identity theft.

Heather Goff and her family start their Black Friday tradition on turkey day. "Usually on Thanksgiving Day we get all the papers out, everybody makes their list of what they're getting for their kids and family," Goff said.

They map out which store to visit first then join the crowds. "Last year it was like 10 at night and then pretty much shopped all night long and then shopped more Friday." Goff said they do not usually have a budget, but try not to go overboard.

This year, the average American is expected to spend nearly $646 over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The BBB also suggests creating a budget and keeping track of it to avoid impulse purchases.

Think twice about getting store credit cards, especially if you do not plan on becoming a regular. Many have high interest rates or annual fees.

"If you intend to use a gift card, they're awfully convenient, just be sure you understand the stipulations on the back of the card," Crain cautioned.

Researching products and how they are performing in the marketplace will also help tell you if a deal is worthwhile, the BBB said.

"You want to make sure you know when exactly stores are going to release that product, maybe how many quantities they're going to have, so that you can plan out early," said Folasike Oyinade, Best Buy Home Sales Manager.

Price comparison apps and following retailers on social media for possible flash sales can help folks stay a step ahead of the crowds.

Ninety-seven million shoppers plan to shop on Black Friday and 140-million are expected to

shop Thanksgiving weekend.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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