For the past few years, the official start to the holiday shopping season has encroached on Thanksgiving. This year, some retailers are overlapping even more on perfectly good hours for eating turkey and watching football.

Here’s a guide on how to survive the annual dash for deals:

The Quad-City Times asked its Facebook friends for Black Friday survival tips. Here are just a few:

Just have fun shopping with friends or family while getting good deals for other people in your life. Be polite!

If you’re going shopping on the busiest days of the year, you have to plan on being patient. Kindness goes a long way!

Go to your local animal shelter and adopt a black cat or black dog!

My sister and I look through the ads on Thursday. We make a list of the items we need and what store has the best deal. Then we plan out what store at what time. When we get there, one of us shops while the other gets in the long checkout lines; then we switch and check out and off to the next big deal!

Stay home, snuggle with your kids (if you have kids), watch football or a movie and eat leftovers.

It is best to have a group and each person is at a different store with a list of what is wanted by the group at that store. Then you share your stories and purchases over a good breakfast.

Avoid the crowds and help the community by donating to a caring charity of the Q-C!

Can’t we do both? I have donated to Operation Christmas Child and Toys for Tots ... But I like me a deal! And MANY people make Black Friday a family day with moms, sisters, etc. It’s all what ya make it! Calm down, people!

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