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Everything You Need To Know For This Black Friday

From steals and deals and everything in between.

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Black Friday is one of the craziest events (holidays?) of the year. Just one day after Turkey day, this American-turned-international shopping extravaganza motivates millions to rise at dawn to attack shopping centers and crash websites all in the name of a great deal. But can you really blame 'em?

If you're one of the millions of people partaking in Black Friday shopping, we've put together a how-to guide survival guide. After all, preparation is key. From organizing your route to finding the best steals, we've got all the info you need to succeed.

Don't dive into this event without having done your homework. Figure out which stores are having sales, what time they start, whether they are taking place online, in-store, or both, and which items you really, really want. That last one is the tricky part. Don't just buy something for the sake of saving money on something you wouldn't have bought in the first place, capishe? 

Once you've done some preliminary digging, create a master list that outlines the details of each sale (it'll come in handy for step two). 

We've provided our top 20 choices for the big day, as we've happily discovered that some of our favorite stores will participate in Black Friday -- here are our notes on each one. 

Company Name: Kylie Cosmetics
Deal: Free Kylie Cosmetics stocking with any purchase
Date(s): November 25 only
Location: Online 

Company Name: Aldo
Deal: 50% off original reduced styles 
Date(s): November 24-27
Location: Online and in-store

Company Name: Nasty Gal
Deal: 30% off select black styles
Date(s): November 25-26
Location: Online 

Company Name: Apple
Deal: One-day only Black Friday sale (details TBA) + free two-day shipping on online orders made before 5 p.m.
Date(s): November 25
Location: Online and in-store

Company Name: River Island
Deal: 20% off 
Date(s): November 24-25 using code BFRIDAY16
Location: Online and in-store

Company Name: Ralph Lauren
Deal: Up to 40% off select styles
Date(s): November 23-December 5
Location: Online

Company Name: Old Navy
Deal: 50% off everything-ish
Date(s): November 23-25
Location: Online and in-store

Company Name: Topshop
Deal: Up to 50% off everything including Ivy Park, 30% off Unique (resort collection)
Date(s): November 23-30
Location: Online and in-store

Company Name: Amazon
Deal: Major savings on select products all week long
Date(s): November 20-December 2
Location: Online 

Company Name: Missguided
Deal: Up to 50% off party wear
Date(s): November 26-28
Location: Online 

Company Name: Garage Clothing
Deal: 40% off regular prices items + up to 50% off sale items + free shipping on orders over $25
Date(s): November 23-30
Location: Online and in-store

Company Name: Claire's 
Deal: 50% off the entire site
Date(s): November 25-26
Location: Online 

Company Name: Bare Necessities
Deal: 25% off Calvin Klein and DKNY 
Date(s): November 23-December 1
Location: Online 

Company Name: H&M
Deal: Up to 60% off select items + free shipping with code 0319
Date(s): November 23-28
Location: Online and in-store

Company Name: Levi's
Deal: 40% off your entire purchase
Date(s): November 23-28 (online), November 24-28 (in-store)
Location: Online and in-store

Company Name: Keds
Deal: 30% off full-priced styles and 10% off sale styles
Date(s): November 22-29
Location: Online and in-store

Company Name: Puma
Deal: 30% off all purchases on Black Friday with code BLACKFRIDAY16
Date(s): November 25
Location: Online and in-store

Company Name: Rebecca Taylor
Deal: 25% off all purchases excluding La Vie Rebecca Taylor with code CELEBRATE
Date(s): November 22-28
Location: Online 

Company Name: Guess
Deal: Up to 50% off the entire store 
Date(s): November 23-28
Location: Online and in-store

Company Name: Banana Republic
Deal: 50% off five regular-priced items for women's and men's collections with code BRFIVE
Date(s): November 24-28
Location: Online and in-store

Check out a few Black Friday items that you can already purchase:
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Topshop Spot Jacquard Drape Playsuit - $55
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Topshop Double Layer Mesh Body by Ivy Park - $40
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Topshop Faux Leather Biker Jacket - $75
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Topshop KRAZY Pointed Boot - $45
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Topshop A-Line Overlay Dress - $58
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Topshop Tomboy Cross Stud Ear Pack - $3
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Topshop V-Back Mesh Insert Bra by Ivy Park - $20
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Amazon Women's O-Neck Fit and Flare Dress - $25.71
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Amazon Printed Space Dye Yoga Leggings - $7.95
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Amazon Columbia Women's Mighty Lite Hooded Jacket - $62.42
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Amazon Kindle E-Reader - $49.99
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Amazon Argan Oil Shampoo - $10
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Amazon Hair Straightner Brush - $23.19
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Garage Rib Crop Tee with Side Ties - $7
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Garage Ribbed Cutout Fit & Flare Dress - $10
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Garage California Blue Low Waist Jegging - $15
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Bare Necessities Racerback Bralette - $29.60
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Bare Necessities Cotton Bikini - $21.14
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Bare Necessities Cotton Pajama Leggings - $49.62
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Yes, we know Black Friday features many incredible deals, but you don't want to end up purchasing hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of items that you don't actually need (or even want). Decide on an approximate budget in advance and stick to it, no matter what. You'll stick to splurging for a few pieces that are actually coherent with your style and save yourself some major financial regret. 

Plan your route to your many Meccas. If you're hitting the malls, it's fairly simple. Find a store directory in advance, figure out the location of every one you want to visit, and then decide on the most efficient route. After all, you don't want to tire yourself out running back and forth throughout the shopping center. 

A few tips for in-store shopping:
a) Double check the opening times of the individual stores you want to visit. On Black Friday, certain shops, such as department or electronic stores, can open earlier than the rest of the mall.
b) Wear an outfit you can easily change in and out of (think boyfriend jeans, skirts, dresses, loose T shirts, slip-on sneakers etc.), changing quickly will easily save you minutes in the long run.

For a little Black Friday outfit inspo, check out the slideshow below:
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Cropped Top - $24.99
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Boyfriend Jeans - $52.62
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Double Decker Matte Woven - $65
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Mock Neck Swing Dress - $18
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Opaque Tights - $9.99
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Handbag - $39.99
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A few tips for online shopping: 
If you're shopping online, things can be a little bit more difficult. Based on the start time of each sale, decide which websites to hit up first. If several sales begin at once, consider:
a) The items you want the most
b) The sales that are likely to be most popular
c) Using multiple computers, tabs, or browsers, or enlisting a friend to help you purchase the items at the top of your list
d) Once you've come up with an order to visit each website, write it down 

Set your alarm, get ready, line up outside your favorite store or open your laptop. Let the shopping begin! Sidenote: don't forget the coffee.

To make your Black Friday shopping experience that much smoother, we recommend keeping the items below with you at all times:
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Portable Phone Charger - $21.99
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Cliff Bars - $16.50
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Water Bottle - $14.96
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Bear-Shaped Coconut Lip Balm - $1.99
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Wristwatch - $19.99
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Hair Slinky Hair Ties - $10
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Oil Blotting Paper with Compact - $4.90
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Purell Jelly Wrap Travel Size Hand Sanitizer - $9.26
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