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5 Black Friday Safety Tips

Black Friday is coming! Are you ready? It has been quite some time since I have been to a Black Friday sale. The day after Thanksgiving, people are usually lined up at stores to get a head start on their holiday shopping. There are usually deep discounts on electronics and other items which are usually slated as the best deals of the year. However, if you're going to the store at 6pm, be careful that you do not become a crime statistic. Black Friday is not all about how much money you can save, but also about protecting it and yourself as well. Today I want to share with you 5 Black Friday Safety Tips.

1. Dress Warmly
First of all before you head out the door you need to dress warmly. After all, it's November and unless you live in the Sunshine State, it will be cold. Dress warmly to keep the cold at bay, but there's no need to overdress as you will heat up inside the stores. If you plan on taking your kids with you (which I don't recommend), make sure that they are dressed for the weather too.

2. Protect Your Credit/Debit Cards
There is no need to carry your entire wallet of credits cards or even cash with you when going Black Friday shopping. Taking along just one credit or debit card will minimize damage in the event that you fall victim to credit card theft or even identity theft. If your debit or credit card ends up going missing, report the loss or theft IMMEDIATELY to your credit card issuer or bank. Reporting the loss immediately limits the liability for unauthorized use. With that being said, keep your cell phone with you and avoid unsecured wifi networks.

3. Keep track of receipts 
Keep track of your receipts to verify against bank or credit card statements and to dispute any charges that you are not aware of. You will also need your receipts in the event that you need to return or exchange any items. It's also a good idea to know your rights when it comes to refunds, returns and exchanges.

4. Deter Pickpockets
Yes pickpockets are still around and they are more likely to in a crowded area where their trade can be done easily and quickly. Leave your valuables at home and carry your purse or wallet on the inside  of your front pants or coat pocket. Purses that zip are also better to take along with you and should be worn closely to your body. It's preferable to have them in front of you than over your shoulder.

5. Shop at places you trust
That includes both online and brick and mortar stores. Pop up shops may seem like a good idea, but if they won't be around once the holiday is over, you may be out of your money if the product is not what you were expecting. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

So get those deals that you've had your eyes on all year, but remember to be safe! For more safety tips during Black Friday shopping, check out this article from Allstate, Loading Up Your ‘Sleigh’ this Black Friday? 4 Tips to Keep in Mind.

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.

Annmarie John
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  1. I love to shop on Black Friday so I can't thank you enough for sharing some great Black Friday safety tips. I will definitely keep these in mind here next week now!

  2. Dressing warm is important because around here you can walk out and the weather feels a little cool but not bad. After standing out in it, however it can get very cold especially with the wind or snow. Scammers love this time of year rather online or in person great tip!

  3. And let me add one - figure out YOUR stores to go to and leave early!

  4. These are great tips. I am not brave enough to brave the crowds, so I'll be doing mine online in the safety of my apartment!

  5. Great advice to stay safe. This time of year gets to be hectic that we forget to protect ourselves.

  6. These are great helpful tips to prep for Black Friday:) Shell

  7. That is really good advice about the pop up shops. That happened at a mall near us last holiday with hover boards. A friend of ours caught fire and there was no one to return it to.

  8. Everyone is excited for Black Friiday. One week until the Big Sale I am lined up for some sweet deals. Thank you for sharing I'll take note of that. These will gonna help shoppers like me.

  9. Even better yet, shop online! Then you don't have to worry about all these things! ;)

  10. this is something we don't think enough of when we go out shopping. Especially days like Black Friday when the crowds can be overwhelming!

  11. Out of excitment we always forget to take these precautions while shopping.we should be careful .

  12. Wow, this is the first blog post ever that has discussed safety tips for Black Friday. I am so impressed and find the tips so critical!

  13. These are all good tips. I never thought about criminals during Black Friday, but of course with so many people around, we must.

  14. My mother was in retail so I grew up going shopping early for Black Friday. I then continued the tradition with my daughters. Now I stay home and shop on line but these are great tips!

  15. Thank you for these tips. I don't go to Black Friday sales. I mean, I did before but I stopped because I got hurt in the rush getting in the store. I just go online to shop, and yes, I only choose trusted sites/online retailers.

  16. It's been years since I've ever gone on out Black Friday! Decades. I do Cyber Monday. It's nice to know there are safety tips though.

  17. These are great tips for those who are excited for black Friday. I do not want to go to the black Friday shop because I do not want to go with the crowd people and rush hour at the mall. This is what we should always remember.

  18. All of those are important things to know about when it comes to Black Friday. We love it, but having safe credit cards is so important.


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