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Black Friday shopping

With bellies still full from Thanksgiving dinner and the excitement of scoring an amazing deal on the horizon, many people ready themselves for Black Friday shopping the next morning. On this overwhelming day, it’s easy to lose sight of your shopping goals and become careless with money. Take time to make sure your holiday gift buying is stress-free and safe.

Holiday Shopping Tips

No matter when you start your holiday shopping, there are essential tips to remember to make your experience safe and productive:

  • Create a shopping list so you know exactly where to shop and what you need ahead of time.
  • Take a stand against distracted driving. Stay alert when driving in winter weather and remember that texting while driving in Massachusetts is prohibited.
  • Find out what individual store policies are on returns, layaways, and refunds before you shop in the event that you need to bring items back later.
  • Protect your privacy from identity theft when shopping online by checking to make sure the website has a secure connection before inputting credit card or other personal information. Victims of identity theft should make sure to report the incident.
  • Know Massachusetts gift certificate laws. All gift cards must be valid for seven years or more in the state and if a certificate does not have a noticeable expiration or issuance date, it is valid indefinitely. They may also be traded for cash when containing either less than $5 or 10 percent of their original amount.
  • Remember to ask for purchase receipts in case of possible returns or exchanges. Receipts also help you keep track of your spending and stay on budget.
  • Be aware of your consumer rights and how to resolve consumer problems with retailers.

Even though the holiday shopping season can be daunting, it’s important to remember these tips to guarantee a secure, successful, and stress-free outing.

Tweet @MassGov or comment below with your Black Friday shopping tips.

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