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Stores are preparing for Black Friday

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and stores were already gearing-up on Monday, to help shoppers save big this Black Friday.

Customers have been getting their lists together to make sure they score those hot-ticket items.

Eyewitness News spoke with experts to find out how you can maximize your savings on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

"I will spend at least $300, so I'm saving myself a lot of money,” Jenny Castro, of Hartford, said.

Castro stopped by the Walmart in Hartford on Monday morning to check out the items she's planning to buy on Black Friday. Castro said by her own calculations, she'll save about $500 by hitting the stores early this holiday season.

"I'm getting some socks, some pajamas, some movies, probably some electronics for the kids like a tablet and stuff like that,” Castro said.

While Black Friday shopping at the mega-store has been calm in recent years, Castro said that wasn't always the case.  

"A couple of times ago, it was chaos...Everyone was fighting over a TV,” Castro said. “But, last year was really good and I know this year will be the same."

Bill Fenlon, who is the store manager of the Flatbush Avenue Walmart, said they're ready to handle the high-volume of shoppers.  

"We have plans in place to make sure that we have the merchandise flowing in properly, and all the hot merchandise is being handed out properly,” Fenlon said.

Fenlon said about 300 employees will be on-hand to help on Black Friday and there will be a security presence at the store to ensure everyone stays safe. 

"We're always concerned about safety in the store, no matter what time of year it is,” Fenlon said.

Walmart released the prices and deals for this Black Friday on their app and on their website. There’s a packet that customers can pick up in the store.

Eyewitness News also spoke with Dr. David Cadden, who is a professor within the department of entrepreneurship and strategy at Quinnipiac University.

Cadden said more and more people are shopping online these days, but stores will still be flooded with customers.  

"One of the numbers I found fascinating is that more people go to Walmart during the Black Friday weekend, than go to the two Disney resorts in the entire year,” Cadden said

Cadden said one in 10 people have admitted to speeding or pushing people out of line, just to get to the sales.

Eighteen percent of people said they’re fine with spending up to two and a half hours in line.

"It will be quite a bit of an experience, if you've never done it before,” Cadden said

In order to make sure a customer was getting the best deals, Cadden recommended doing research. People should compare prices ahead of time and if they are opting to order something online, factor in the cost of shipping.

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