Black Friday shopping has become a holiday tradition for many families. When it comes to shopping, tonight is almost more of a sport than anything
GARFIELD HEIGHTS -- Black Friday shopping has become a holiday tradition for many families. When it comes to shopping, this is almost more of a sport than anything else.
There are deals to get, limited quantities and a lot of competition. If you want to know how to do it right, there's a group of women in Garfield Heights who basically wrote the playbook.
For the last 17 years, Kristen Tisza and the women in her family scour ads, circle deals and come up with a serious Black Friday Plan. It's all because 17 years ago, she and her aunt went out on a whim in search of a certain item.
"We went in, and they only had probably 3 items and we didn't get it. And at that point, I looked at her and I said, that's it. From now on, we go and we get what we come for."
It takes more than just copies of store maps and a list of sales to hit to become a professional Black Friday shopper. It takes strategy and a few key rules.
Number one: Make friends while you're waiting in that long line.
"Because you know what everybody is looking for, so sometimes it's wait, wait, it's over here or come and get this," says Tisza.
Number two: Designate a member of your team the "cart guard." That's normally Tisza's mom.
"She normally sits in the car, and waits until the store opens and the rush goes in. She grabs the cart, and she comes and finds us. And her job is to watch over the cart while we continue shopping."
Number three: When other shoppers get that crazy look in their eye and start fighting over an item, use their distraction to your advantage.
'All of a sudden, these two people are going at it, 'that's my TV, that's my TV," remembers Tisza, "They're going back and forth and back and forth and I look down on the floor and there's the TV and I kind of just put my fingernail in it and I kind of pulled it out and I slid it between the two of them, I turned and I'm like, just run."
After all, tonight isn't about turkey comas. It's about survival of the fittest. And these ladies have been training for years.