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Busy Black Friday as Santa Arrives and Crowds Brave Cold Weather

By: Ali Ingersoll Email
By: Ali Ingersoll Email
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Hundreds of people waited outside Menards in Wausau waiting for the doors to open at six Black Friday morning.

People rushed in to the store as the doors opened and within ten minutes, they were back out, with their gifts in hand. The big deal was a heater which they definitely needed to use after standing outside for such a long time.

Meanwhile, the picture station at the Wausau Center Mall is all set up and ready for Santa's arrival. He and his elves make their first appearance at the mall at 10a.m. Black Friday. After sitting on Santa's lap and telling him what they want, children can send their lists to the North Pole.

If you're braving the stores this Black Friday, experts recommend making sure you make a list when you're going out. Put who you need to buy for on there and what you want to get them. It'll help you save time and money. Also, if you saw something you want from a store in an ad or online, either print out a picture or take one on your smartphone and know the price of the item. This will help you and the store employees have a much easier time and you'll be able to get in and out a lot faster.

There are definitely a few perks to Black Friday shopping aside from getting all the deals and finishing up your holiday shopping early -it can be a full body work out too. The average person can burn between 470 and 500 calories in just three hours of shopping. If you packed the potatoes high yesterday or went back for thirds, a trainer from Gold's Gym Fitness writes in his blog saying taking the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. If you're shopping with someone, race with them to the next store across the mall and whoever loses, has to buy lunch. As if you needed anymore incentive to keep finding those deals, carrying around can be a great arm workout too.


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