Budget: Having a budget for Black Friday is so so important. The last thing you want is buyer's remorse once you see the credit card statement. Better yet, use cash or debit! Set your limit and STICK TO IT!
Creating A List: As the ads start to be leaked (keep you eyes peeled, I'll be posting them here!), start making a list of things that you think you may want to purchase. Once you have a list going, occasionally look up the products to see just how good of a 'deal' the Black Friday price is....remember, not every advertised 'deal' is guaranteed to be the lowest price!
The Buddy System: Now is the time to ask around with your friends and family to see who is willing to go shopping with you. Not only will having a buddy keep you sane- but it will keep you safe too! Theifs are more likely to target someone shopping alone rather than a couple or group of people. You may also want to ask around to see who else is planning on shopping with someone other than you. If you happen to be shopping different stores you may want to ask if they'll pick up items for you at stores you won't make it to, and you can do the same for them.
Stay tuned for part 2 of my Preparing For Black Friday Series!