Can you believe we’re already in the week of Thanksgiving? This year is flying by, and this holiday just snuck up on me. That makes me feel old because, as a kid, I would anxiously count down to every holiday for weeks (or months). Being just a few days from Thanksgiving, we’re also just a few days away from Black Friday!
Just a few days from now, people will shoving their way through store aisles to get door buster sales. Maybe you’re one of those people gearing up to bust some doors. Maybe you’re leaning toward skipping it because you just can’t handle the chaos. Either way, I decided to share some Black Friday shopping tips with you all to help you survive the day, and maybe convince you that it isn’t so scary!
Also, since it’s a holiday week, I won’t be posting Thursday or Friday, and it’s Black Friday this week, we’re having a shopping week! Both tomorrow and Wednesday I’ll be sharing some awesome gift guides for you!
1. Be Prepared. If you want your shopping to be as successful as possible, which I assume you do, be prepared. Make a list and know what you’re planning to buy. With the sales you’ll see on Black Friday, obviously there will be some impulse shopping. But know the things you definitely plan to buy. There will definitely be some Christmas gifts on our list this year!
Figure out ahead of time what sales will be going on. Most stores will be releasing their Black Friday sales, or already have.
2. Make yourself a budget. Just because you can buy $3,000 worth of crap for $1,000 doesn’t mean you should be spending $1,000! You need limits.
3. Check return policies. Amazing sales and door busters might lead us to make shopping decisions that we might not otherwise make. That puke-green sweater that we wouldn’t give a second look at $50 might look a lot more attractive at $15. Make sure things are returnable in case you wake up on Saturday and are no longer seeing a great sale, but an ugly sweater.
4. Bring a friend! Some people may prefer shopping alone, but I would much rather go with a friend. With as long as you’ll be waiting in line on Friday, you’ll appreciate having a buddy to keep you company. Plus, they can run interference while you grab the last blanket scarf off the rack.
5. Eat before you head to the mall. Yes, they have a food court. On any other day, it’s a completely viable, and preferable, option. Chinese food, pizza and ice cream all in the same place? Score! But on Black Friday the food court is going to be insane. Even if you can stand the 30-minute wait to get a fast-food lunch, you won’t be able to find a table. Splurge on a nicer restaurant outside the mall where you can sit.
6. Did you read through this entire list and are now dreading Black Friday shopping even more? No problem! Tons of stores are offering the same sales online! You likely won’t get the door busters, but you’ll still be able to score some great deals. On both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, stores are likely to have free shipping.
7. Don’t focus on just Friday. Many sales have their “Black Friday” sales going on all weekend, and some have even better sales on Cyber Monday.
Will you be going Black Friday shopping this year? What’s on your shopping list?
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