Oh, Black Friday. America’s unofficial holiday for shopping, which ironically occurs one day after we all sit down with our families and give thanks for what we already have…. corporate influence at its finest.
But that’s not the point of this post! If you’re going to go shopping on Black Friday, I’m going to pass along some tips that I’ve learned that made shopping nearly pain free.
I went Black Friday shopping once- last year. I couldn’t sleep, so I figured I may as well get up and go shopping. I got up around 5am and left for the mall. That’s my first and biggest tip- rather than stay up and go when the stores first open, go towards the end of the early bird sales, which typically end eight hours after open. This ensures that you still get the sales, but most of the crowds will be gone.
A few more tips…
- Have a game plan.
Make a list and check it twice. Know what you want and where you want it from.
- Be aware of what’s on sale.
Stores have started sending out flyers with teasers of their sales to get you in the door. Do some more research online. Having a better idea of what sales you’re going to get will help your budget.
- Do what you can online.
Most stores have what they call “cyber Monday” sales on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Some stores even have Black Friday sales. Avoid the rush by shopping from your computer.
I know it’s not much, but I learned these last year and it totally helped me! I saved a ton of money and had a lot of fun, too. Good luck!