The final countdown has finally started to the most overwhelming shopping day of the year; Black Friday. For some, this is THE best shopping day.
When I think of Black Friday, I tend to imagine the impossibly full Target parking lots that are sprinkled with lawn chairs and tents, with stampedes of people flooding inside the store to snag a ridiculously sized TV.
Are you planning to head out and brave the elements (+ highly energetic shoppers)?
It’s time to sit down and create this year’s game plan with my comprehensive guide on how to stay sane while Black Friday shopping!
- Plan Ahead – A successful Black Friday shopping trip requires an hour-by-hour game plan. It’s crucial to know the following:
- When a store’s doorbusters begin
- What deals you want to snag first
- The distance you’re willing to travel between stores.
If you are desperate to purchase an 8-quart Instant Pot this year for basically pennies, then make that item your priority. Search high and low through each ad to find the best deal. Then, take note of when the store opens and where the item is located, down to the very isle and shelf.
Keep your eyes on the prize!
- Take a Partner – Regardless of how brave you are, you shouldn’t fight the crowds alone. Travel in small packs (HA!). Take a friend or family member with you. When you enter the store, one person beelines to their soon-to-be prized possession while the other stands in line. When you find your item, SWITCH! Do this so you save energy, time and both and get a chance to snag the deals you want. Truthfully, you’re gonna make some folks mad but whatever – tell them you know Santa (love Elf).
- Bundle Up – Due to these early winter temperatures, I highly suggest dressing in layers that can be easily shed once inside the store. With all the running around you’re about to do PLUS the mass amounts of busy bodies throwing themselves at this year’s hottest toy, YOU WILL SWEAT.. This brings me to my next point…
- Drink Water and Bring Snacks – Stay hydrated friends and bring high-energy snacks to maintain your enthusiasm through it all. You may feel full after Thanksgiving dinner (and hello, leftovers!), but don’t let that fool you into thinking you won’t become hungry after a full night of shopping.
- Stick to your Budget – This one is SO important! Bring your shopping list and stick to it. Leave your credit cards at home and bring cash only. It’s not a good deal and will only be a headache if you buy too much than you can handle in high interest rates.
- Go Later – If you don’t want to get up at 1:00AM, don’t. Consider spending time with your family at home and going a little later, you’ll steal grab some great deals and voila – you’ve missed the rush! Many stores will overstock items knowing there will be many shoppers throughout the day after the “butt crack of dawn hours” are over.
- Hit up the Mall – While the department stores are swinging their doors open for those who are impatiently waiting, take an easy stroll through the mall! It’s sure to be less crowded than a department store, plus you’ll likely discover some unique finds that may have not been advertised in the newspaper or online.
- Shop Online Instead – My favorite way to shop and you don’t even need to wear a bra. Sites like Amazon will always have deals throughout the holiday season, but they are particularly proud of their Cyber Monday deals. These deals are often times even better than the ones you can find in-store on Black Friday, plus…………… two-day free shipping for Prime members! Y E S!
- Skip it All – Although this game plan is to help you stay sane while holiday shopping, your mental health should always come first. If you feel the crowds and ads are too much this year, go ahead and skip Black Friday all together. The holidays aren’t just about saving a few pennies for presents – it’s about respecting yourself and spending time with loved ones.
I hope this guide helps you make the best decisions for this year’s holiday shopping season!
Let me know your Black Friday shopping tips in the comments.