We’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving and one of the most ironic and contradictory holiday traditions of all times. Black Friday. Just one day after Americans spend a whole day eating a ton of food and being thankful for what they have been blessed with, guess what they do? You’ll never believe it. Oh, you’ve been to Walmart for your Black Friday shopping? Okay, so you do believe it. They jump over each other, yell at each other, claw at each other, all trying to get more stuff! Yep, welcome to the great American dichotomy.
If you happen to enjoy going out with all those crazy people, it is to best to go with a few tips and tricks. These should help you be able to survive Black Friday shopping.
Black Friday Shopping Tips
Tip 1: Create a game plan. Decide ahead of time which stores you want to make a point to shop at. Figure out what order you’ll go to them in and be sure that you have directions.
Tip 2: A lot of major retail stores start sales early. Find out which stores those are and hit some of them early. You can get the great deal without the crazy crowds.
Tip 3: Don’t assume that the best deals are the ones by the doors. Make sure to check throughout the store for discounts and great deals.
Tip 4: Find coupons for the stores that you are going to be shopping at. Not all stores let you use coupons. But some do. Again, do your research before going shopping.
Tip 5: Get there early. Some stores actually give out tickets, (kinda like at a deli counter) so you can save your place in line and you can go to breakfast.
Tip 6: Shop with a budget. I know, I’m sorry, I used a dirty word in the shopping industry. But seriously, getting great deals doesn’t do you any good if you spend all your savings on stuff that you lived just fine without until now.
Tip 7: Create a shopping list. Even though part of the goal is to enjoy finding sales, consider starting with a general shopping list. This can help you stay both on budget and on task throughout the day.
Tip 8: Bring a snack. This tip has two different benefits. The first is that you will save money by not needing to buy overpriced food. The second is that while everyone else is on “lunch break”, you will be saving money.
Black Friday is not all that far away. If you work it right, you can not only have a great time but come out of it saving money. Stay safe, have fun, shop smart.