BBB Offers Advice For Holiday Shopping

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, many people’s attention now turns to the holiday shopping season.

Today is Black Friday and this weekend, the National Retail Federation expects 140 million people to make purchases nationwide.

Keeping that in mind, the Better Business Bureau is offering some tips to ensure shoppers get the best bang for their buck this holiday season.

Northeast Georgia Better Business Bureau President Fred Elsberry said that it is important to come up with a game plan before hitting the stores.

Elsberry said the first thing people should do is set up a budget for their holiday shopping.

“It is easy to overspend on family and friends,” said Elsberry.  “Understand what you have to spend for the holidays, how much you are going to spend, and who you are going to look for.  Start out with a plan.”

Once that is done, Elsberry said shoppers need to research the stores they are going to and what they are looking at buying and compare prices to make sure they are getting the best deals.

When it comes time to buy those items, Elsberry said it is good to pay with credit cards whenever possible.

“On credit cards, if you have an issue, you will be able to dispute the charges on your credit card,” said Elsberry.  “I suggest you carry one card with you to prevent having it lost or stolen.”

Also, Elsberry said that shoppers need to get and save those receipts from their purchases.

“Ask for gift receipts to give to the people you are giving the gifts to,” said Elsberry.  “If you have anything wrong with it or if they have a return or exchange policy, having that receipt is going to be very important.”

For more information or business reviews, visit the Better Business Bureau’s website at