You go back and forth on the idea of Black Friday Shopping. It’s either your thing or it’s not. I have been on both sides of the fence determining if it’s worth it to fight the crowds. How to survive black Friday?
Do a little preview shopping online. Stores like best buy and walmart are doing pre-Black Friday online deals. No need to leave the comforts of home to get the same deals. There are deals worth braving the late night for though. Like if your in the market for a 40 inch tv, you may want to head to Best Buy and try to score the $179 Toshiba. Have a plan and make a list of who you will be shopping for. It’s best to give yourself a spending limit for each person. If you are one of the lucky ones who already has wish lists being handed to you, all you have to do is find the best deals.
Once you have made the decision to head out, grab some caffeine. This is one of the few times I have a venti-anything.
Play the part and keep your duds comfy. If you have been out on black Friday you know how serious shoppers are. There will be rushing, standing in long lines and packed parking lots.
Shop smart just because there are items that are on sale for practically nothing doesn’t mean you should always buy it. Less is more even in gift giving. Before you buy mom another pair of gloves, because they are under $10. Make sure it is something she would love. Imagine opening these items on Christmas, is it something you would be excited about?
Bring a friend there is nothing more entertaining than being up at all hours of the night in a semi-delirious. Don’t shop alone people, I promise it’s more fun when you have someone to enjoy the event with.
Good luck and may everyone remember that they just celebrated a day of giving Thanks hours before.