November is here and Black Friday is just around the corner. If you haven’t started shopping for holiday gifts there is no time like the present to prepare. Black Friday is only two weeks away, which means its time to gather your list, plan your purchases and prepare for a long day of shopping in stores. Here are a few tips to get your ready:
Create a Shopping List
With brightly colored displays and sale signs all around the mall it can be quite easy to fall into the trap of overspending. To prepare for Black Friday create a list of gifts you want to purchase. Once you have a list in hand, search online for Black Friday ads to your favorite stores. You don’t need to wait until Thanksgiving to search. The scans for most big retailers have already been posted online! Compare the prices of items you wish to purchase, print out a copy of the flyer, circle the item and make a note on your list of the size and price.
If you plan to shop for clothes on Black Friday think carefully about what to wear. Consider shirts, pants and shoes that can be pulled on and off easily. Even if you aren’t planning on buying clothing you should still dress for comfort. Think about wearing flats or sneakers. You don’t want your souls or heels to hurt as you wait in those super long Black Friday lines. If you can weather the cold, think about leaving your coat or jacket in the car. Its one less thing to keep track of and frees your hands for carrying other things.
You never know how long you will need to wait in line both inside and outside of the store. Pack snacks to keep you hydrated, nourished and happy. If you plan to stay out for hours set a schedule and plan a lunch break or bring sandwiches and head back out to the car to eat them. Food courts can be an absolute nightmare as hungry shoppers vie for tables. Avoid the crowds and find a bench outside of the eatery if you can. If you don’t want to pack a lunch bring coupons for Subway and other mall favorites. You can use the money you saved at lunch for more Black Friday deals.
Bring a Friend or Family Member
Black Friday can quickly become an overwhelming experience. Bring a friend or family member along to keep you in control of your holiday budget. Let them know how much you plan to spend and tell them to keep you accountable to the limits you set. Friends can also provide an extra set of hands and can act as placeholders in extremely long lines.
Do you plan to shop in stores on Black Friday? Do you have any other tips?
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