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5 Things Friday: 5 tips to conquer holiday shopping

Editor's note: "5 Things Friday" is a weekly feature in SheSays that will run on - you guessed it - Fridays. It will focus on quick tips, ideas, activities and more - all in bunches of five. If you have a "5 Things Friday" suggestion, contact us ...

Shoppers infiltrate Herberger's shoe department
Shoppers infiltrate Herberger's shoe department for big deals on Black Friday in Fargo's West Acres in 2011. (Forum photo)

Editor's note: "5 Things Friday" is a weekly feature in SheSays that will run on - you guessed it - Fridays. It will focus on quick tips, ideas, activities and more - all in bunches of five. If you have a "5 Things Friday" suggestion, contact us at shesays@forumcomm.com .

FARGO - It's Black Friday, and the holiday shopping season has officially kicked off.

Whether you're braving the stores today or waiting for a slightly less hectic time to shop, here are some tips from Oded Berkowitz, founder and CEO of Clipix, to help you shop successfully, whether on foot or online, this holiday season.

1. Breakfast before bargains

Eat before you hit the stores so you can concentrate on shopping without being distracted by the temptations of the food court.

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2. Strategy is key

Make a list of the items you want to buy ahead of time and stick to your list. Don't browse until you've finished shopping.

3. Utilize technology

Set price alerts on items you have your eye on and receive up-to-the-minute updates on when sales hit. Clipix offers free sales alerts.

4. Divide and conquer

Shop with a partner to save time by each taking half of the shopping list.

5. Clip coupons

Take advantage of early-bird coupons, pay attention to when the sales are applicable, and plan your store strategy accordingly.

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