Are your ready to shop 'til you drop? Experts are predicting that 4-million more Americans will be shopping this Friday than did last year, and record holiday shopping is expected in Bozeman. Many stores will open early and close late. In fact, some stores in the Gallatin Valley Mall will open at 4am Friday morning. Here's what you need to know to survive.

One of the most popular ways to kick off the holiday season is with Black Friday. Some treat it like a holiday in itself, religiously waking up before dawn to tackle the best deals. 

Following that is Cyber Monday, the online version of Black Friday. These days, you'll find a mishmash of the two, with deals happening all weekend long, and some stores opening on Thanksgiving night.

There's still plenty of incentive to shop on Friday morning, such as limited-time sales and giveaways. The experience can either be rewarding or a complete nightmare, depending on your approach.

Here are eight key tips on how to conquer Black Friday without having to sleep in a parking lot:

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