Surviving Black Friday
Black Friday shopping isn’t for the faint of heart. For many shoppers, the lure of low cost electronics and clothing at rock-bottom prices is enough to warrant getting up before dawn and traveling from store to store with a debit card and cash in hand. Here are some tips to help you survive the biggest shopping day of the year unscathed.
Make a List
Many stores release their sale items and prices in the week before the big day, so you can plan which items to buy from each store. This will help you create a store itinerary that will help you travel from store to store without wasting time.
Many stores offer valuable coupons for Black Friday shopping. Clip your coupons to your list so you won’t lose them.
Bring a Friend
Not only is it more fun to shop with a friend, but you can divide and conquer in each store. Each store will have several door busters, so you and your friend can look for different ones in the store to save time and increase your chances of scoring a great deal.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
You’ll most likely spend hours walking and getting in and out of your car, so dress comfortably. Skip the cute shoes and go for practical and comfortable tennis shoes.
Even if it is cold outside, stores get warm quickly with so many shoppers. Dress in layers so you can easily take a layer off if you get too warm.
Take Ads with You
Before the big day, go through the ads for each store and circle the items you want to buy with a black marker. When you get to the store, you can show the ad to an employee, and they will point you in the direction of the coveted item.
Even if you know the layout of the store, stores often place special items in a highly visible spot, and this spot may not be near the usual spot. You may still need to ask an employee for help to find these items.
You’ll be walking or waiting in line most of the day, so clean out your purse before you shop. Only keep the essentials with you: store loyalty cards, credit and debit cards, cash, and a bottle of water.
Don’t use a shopping cart because it will slow you down. If you need help with a large item — like a television or a piece of furniture — get to the item to reserve it before you ask an employee for help.
Black Friday shopping is a once a year opportunity to get popular items at fantastic deals. Remember to dress for a full day of shopping, take a friend and have fun![cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf]