Thanksgiving is finally here. Most of us will be spending the day with family and friends, sharing a wonderful holiday feast, reminiscing about those special moments from years gone by. Good times!
If you're like me, the thought of the day after Thanksgiving gives you anxiety. That's right, Black Friday.
For years now, the day after Thanksgiving has been known as Black Friday. It's considered the first traditional day of Christmas shopping. Retailers sell select items at a very reduced price, drawing massive crowds of shoppers all across the country.
It's a great way to check off gifts for people on your Christmas shopping list, at bargain prices. However, the crowds are usually super-sized and the shoppers can sometimes be ruthless. It's overwhelming.
It doesn't have to be a spooky adventure, though. Google has a couple of tools that could make your Black Friday shopping experience a little less scary.
A great way to stay ahead of the crowds is to use Google Maps and Google Search. When you search for a specific store, you not only will find its location but also what hours it will be open that day.
One of the newer Google features involves giving real-time updates letting you know how busy a business is at the moment.
This information will let you plan ahead and time your trip to retailers when they are not overcrowded. Of course, small crowds will be more difficult to find on Black Friday, but every little bit helps.
If you miss any of the Black Friday deals, don't fret. There's always Cyber Monday.