Black Friday 101: How to survive the biggest shopping day of the year

Ah, the blessed holiday known as Black Friday. It's the day we celebrate what it means to be an American consumer. The doors to most stores will open at the crack of dawn and the deals will roll out, giving shoppers unbridled access to cheap stuff that will become our holiday gifts to our friends and family.

But as with all holidays, there can be a dark side. Just like slurping up too much of that congealed cranberry stuff that is served in the shape of a tin can on Thanksgiving, shopping Black Friday can get really extreme, really fast. To combat the potential exhaustion and insanity, we've compiled a list of tips and tricks that will keep your shopping bags full and your brain locked in chill mode.

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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