Black Friday is the kick off to the holiday shopping season. With all of these great sales happening at a variety of retailers this year, it can be a very stressful experience.
As I have mentioned before, I enjoy shopping, especially when I find good bargains. Black Friday is a day where I feel like I can go crazy with the overwhelming amount of discounted items! But, what I have learned from my Black Friday experiences will hopefully help you this year.
So whether you’re up at the crack of dawn or waiting for Cyber Monday to avoid the crowds, here are a few ways to help make your shopping experience less stressful and more fun!
It’s always important to do your homework when shopping for Black Friday! If you are looking for a specific item like a TV, camera, or GPS research to find where you can get the best deal.
Around the week before Thanksgiving or so, start doing some research on what stores you plan to shop at on Black Friday. Many stores leak Black Friday sales to let customers know ahead of time. Compare prices at retailers to find the best deal out there.
Here are some great sites that I use to help me find Black Friday deals from a variety of retailers. Brad’s Deals has an entire section devoted to Black Friday. Another great site is blackfriday.com. These sites provide Black Friday ads from some of your favorite stores like Target, Victoria’s Secret, Kohl’s, and Wal-Mart.
Make a List
Once finished researching, I like to make a list of exactly what I am planning to get. This helps you from buying extra items and to keep you on budget. It is also important to prioritize your list. Items that are the most important should definitely be on top, other items that might have a good deal, but are not as necessary should be put towards the bottom.
It’s also important to point out that if you plan on hitting a bunch of stores to go the first store with items that you feel will sell out quickly, which should also be taken into consideration when creating your list.
If you don’t have a good idea already, map out stores in advance. Take a trip a few days before Black Friday to get a good idea of the store layout. If you like to shop like myself, this might not be necessary for you, but it is always a good idea to help refresh your memory. That way when you enter the store you know exactly where to go and do not have to waste time searching around for that item.
If you plan to wait a long time in line, bring items to keep you warm and occupied! Jackets, TONS of coffee, gloves, snacks, and a book are just a few!
It’s always more fun and better when shopping with a friend. They will keep you company and help you get whatever items you are trying to get quicker. My mom and I always take on Black Friday together, it’s a lot of fun and has turned into a tradition for us.
Be kind! I know how Black Friday can get frantic but please try to remember to be nice and considerate to others, it will make everyone’s shopping experience that much better.
Are you a Black Friday pro? Do you have any other tips on how to conquer Black Friday? Please share and comment below!
Good luck and happy shopping!
Lauren Dufour, VP of Unbanking