A coveted day for the seasoned bargain shopper, Black Friday is known to stir up quite a bit of chaos along with large crowds and long lines. If you plan to take advantage of the single biggest shopping day of the year, but worry about all the potential stressors that might accompany those rock-bottom prices, you aren’t alone. Day-after-Thanksgiving sales have been known to cause a full-fledged panic among even the most savvy shoppers.
But not to worry! It is possible to score some sweet steals and keep your anxiety level low on Friday. Just pop those delicious leftovers into the fridge and read these quick and easy tips for a stress-free Black Friday:
1. Make a game plan
What’s that old saying? Failing to plan is planning to fail. So, decide what you want to buy before you hit the stores tomorrow. Then hop online and conduct a little research. Many retailers advertise their Black Friday specials ahead of time, which allows smart customers like you to comparison shop and secure the very best deal. It’s also good to have a back-up plan in case the item you want sells out at a particular location.
Once you’ve determined which retailers you’ll be visiting, jot down their business hours (many stores have extended hours for this one-day sale-abration!), and create your Black Friday shopping itinerary.
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2. Make comfort count
Black Friday shopping isn’t for the faint of heart. You’ll want to prepare to endure whatever the day might throw at you, be it a grumpy sales clerk, a line that wraps around the store or a mad dash to the next retailer. Dress in comfy shoes and clothing, eat a big breakfast and pack plenty of healthy snacks and water (proper hydration is essential to maintain your focus!).
3. Bring a buddy
There’s no need to do it alone. You’ll need some company in those long lines. Plus, taking along a trusted friend will allow you to divide and conquer – one of the best bargain-hunting strategies around!
4. Be an early bird
Many retailers offer special “doorbuster” deals for the first customers of the day. These are generally additional discounts, but they can also be gifts with purchase and even free gifts. Whatever the case may be, quantities are typically limited, and you’ll want to be there bright and early to ensure you don’t miss out on any extra special offers.
5. Find your Zen
Start the day with a positive attitude, and try not to let crowded aisles, long lines and others’ negative attitudes bring you down. Be patient and steer clear of shoppers who are complaining, yelling or arguing.
6. Be polite
A little kindness goes a long way, so be sure to extend common courtesy – and a smile – to fellow shoppers and store employees alike. After all, you never know who might have the inside scoop on a phenomenal deal!
7. Enjoy yourself
Black Friday can be a lot of fun, even if you don’t cross every item off your list. Enjoy the company of your friend(s), the thrill of the hunt and satisfaction of super savings!
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