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Black Friday: Shopping Tips & Mall Hours

From parking, to planning ahead, to protecting your new purchases—how to make the most of Black Friday.

'Tis the season to shop, shop, shop. Black Friday actually begins on Thanksgiving night at several of the big retailers. So how can you make sure you get the most out of this most intense of shopping seasons?

Plan Ahead

Know which stores or malls you're going to hit first? Plan ahead!

All local malls will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

The Monroeville Mall in Monroeville will open on Black Friday from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Macy's, however, will be open at midnight and close at 10 p.m.

All stores at the Pittsburgh Mills in Frazer Township will be opening between midnight and 6 a.m. on Black Friday.

Ross Park Mall in the North Hills and South Hills Village in Bethel Park will open at midnight on Black Friday.

Watch Purchases

Be careful with those bags of newly purchased merchandise.

“It’s a smart idea to map out your shopping route for Black Friday and throughout December to avoid rushes," said Kristen Sicilia, who works at Macy's in Ross Park Mall. "You also want to keep track of your bags when you are shopping because usually someone is around the corner looking at them already.” 

Even More Tips

  1. Plan a shopping route and scout out stores beforehand so you know where you are going, and can get right to the items you want—fast.
  2. Know the sales—look at catalogs and websites online to find extra coupons to get the most savings!
  3. Park in the first available spot you see—it’s likely that there isn’t a closer one and someone will be on the prowl right behind you. 

For those of you who want avoid the crowds, shopping online is a great alternative and often offer the same savings. Happy Shopping!  

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Heidi Dezayas November 20, 2012 at 08:07 PM
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