Now that the Starbucks #RedCup controversy is behind us, it’s time to focus on the real drama of the holiday season. No, not familial strife, not the risk of over-cooked turkey, and not delayed flights home. The real drama of the holiday season happens right after Thanksgiving, when millions of people lose their minds in an epic battle to snag cheap TVs and discounted appliances. Black Friday and Cyber Monday: the two days that can be more harrowing than a Game of Thrones wedding if you don't head into battle prepared and ready to win.
In honor of this hallowed and insane tradition, here are some survival tips to help you emerge from the mayhem unscathed, with a bunch of discounted clothes and gadgets and electronics in your cart — and your budget not totally blown.