Black Friday
A view of outside Old Navy during Old Navy Black Friday Shopping 2017 on November 24, 2017 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images for Old Navy)

Shortly after celebrating Thanksgiving, tens of millions of Americans will begin their holiday shopping. Black Friday 2018 will provide consumers with the chance to buy a bunch of presents for cheap, though it can still be one of the most stressful days of the year.

Here are five Black Friday shopping tips to help you get the best deals:

Start Early

Over 100 million shoppers visited stores on Black Friday two years ago. Any wasted time could mean missing out on an item you want or waiting in long lines. Find out what time the stores you’re planning on going to open, and make sure not to be late. Click here for a long list of Black Friday hours for some of the most popular stores.

Make a List

Sure, you might be pleasantly surprised by some of the deals you find if you go to a store without doing any research, but that’s not the best way to shop on a day like this. Planning ahead can help you hit as many stores as possible with the limited time you might have. Making a list might also help ensure that you don’t forget to buy something, which could cost you twice as much just a few days later.

Use Social Media

Using social media is one of the smartest ways to find deals that meet your needs. Follow stores on their official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to discover what products they’ll be selling at a discounted price.

Download Apps

There are plenty of apps that can help you find the best deals. Not only will stores let you know about what you can buy from them at a discounted price, but there are specific apps dedicated to helping you find the best prices Friday. Shopkick, Flipp and RetailMeNot are just a few of the best ones.

Check Return Policies

You might want to buy a few items that you’re not so sure you need with the idea of potentially returning them at a later date. Make sure that you’re not buying something that can’t be returned or will be a hassle to exchange.