In 2009, 134 million people took part in Black Friday shopping. This year, however, The National Retail Federation says up to 138 million people will hit stores. Since most Black Friday bargains are in limited quantities, it’s important to go in prepared.
Here are our top 5 tips for Surviving Black Friday Shopping:
- Browse the newspapers
Just as your stomach will be stuffed with turkey on Thursday, newspapers will be stuffed with Black Friday ads. Browse the ads to find out which deals you want to go for. Not only will the low prices be listed, but the special “early bird” times will be, too. Keep the circulars that pertain to you so you’ll know where to go, what time to go and what to look for while you’re there.
- Create a plan of attack
Now that you know what deals you’re going after, make a plan of attack for the day. List which stores you’re going to and in what order. Consider the timing of the early bird specials as well as the location of each stop—prioritize your time so you maximize your shopping experience.
- Fuel Up
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Black Friday is no exception! Prepare yourself for a long day with a nutritious breakfast.The longer you can shop without stopping for lunch, the more deals you can take advantage of.
- Dress comfortably
The number one rule? Wear comfortable shoes! Black Friday is a long day of being on your feet, so treat them nicely. You’ll also want to carry a comfortable and functional purse. The cinda b Hipster is a great hands-free option. Or there’s the Slim Tote that has six interior pockets to keep your phone and keys at your fingertips instead of lost in a pile at the bottom.
- Remember the plan of attack? Stick to it!
As mom always said, “A bargain is only a bargain if you were going to buy it anyway.” You’ve made a list of the things you’re after, so stick to it. Just because that Justin Bieber Snuggie is 75% off doesn’t make it a necessity.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends…and good luck with your Black Friday shopping!
Do you have tips to add to this list? Let us know by leaving a comment below.