It’s finally here, the biggest shopping day of the year!
Black Friday is the most anticipated shopping event of the year but it’s also potentially the most problematic. Whether you shop at 1:00 am or 10:00 pm, Black Friday shopping can be overwhelming. Here are some tips on how to have a stress-free day.
It is important to prioritize where you want to shop and what you want to buy. Make sure you look at the Black Friday advertisements to see the store’s deals and operating hours.
Plan what you want to purchase. Shopping on Black Friday is always filled with crowds. It is best to know what you are looking for so you can save time and money.
It’s the 21st century. Instead of dodging crowds and getting up early, why not shop online? Large retailers have Black Friday sales online so you do not have to leave your house or wait until Cyber Monday.
With all of the drastically reduced prices, it is very easy to go overboard and buy everything you see. There are a lot of great deals out there so make sure you set clear spending limits in advance. Prioritize the items you wish to purchase. Setting spending limits will put your mind at ease and help to avoid overspending.
If you decide to venture out to the hectic retail stores, be sure to take care of yourself.
Make sure you get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast. Bring water, snacks and a portable phone charger. You might be waiting in line for hours so make sure you have all the supplies you need.
Don’t shop alone. It is often a good idea to shop with a buddy. “Divide and Conquer” is the operative concept during your shopping adventure. One person can stand in the cashier’s line while the other person shops. This helps to cut waiting time.
Shopping with a buddy is also a good idea for safety reasons. Watch each other’s backs to make sure no one is taking things from your cart. They can also make it safer if you are walking home in the dark.
The most important thing is to make it fun! Black Friday is one of the most memorable shopping experiences of the year as well as a great way to save money. But it’s just as important to make sure you enjoy your time. Get your shopping done, find great bargains and, at the same time, help to spread the holiday cheer!
By Carmela Cavallo