Black Friday is often synonymous with chaos and frantic shopping. However, it also offers the opportunity for great deals and a lot of fun! After all, there are lots of ways to tone down the crazy on Black Friday. Here are seven tips to make your Black Friday experience as smooth as possible.
1. Research ahead of time
The week before, spend some time researching the best deals. That way, you can decide what deals you would like to spend your money on. You can even use https://blackfriday.com/, a website that consolidates Black Friday deals, to help you in your search.
2. Create an itinerary
Plan everywhere you want to go the night before and organize where you should go first based on location, ease of carrying items, and priority. Make sure to keep your itinerary in your phone or in a notebook so you don’t forget.
3. Set alarms on your phone
It’s easy to lose track of time when shopping. If you are going to different stores, set alarms on your phone to leave so you don’t run out of time to go everywhere. For example, you could set an alarm at 9:00 named “Best Buy Time,” or whichever store is next.
4. Go later in the day
Although some deals go fast, many last all day and stores can be much less crowded if you head out early afternoon. However if you are shopping later in the day, make sure to call in and see if items you are looking for are in limited quantity.
5. Or… go early
On the opposite side of the spectrum, some of the best deals and least crowds also happen super early. And by early, I mean either the evening of Thanksgiving or the night before Black Friday. With a little bit of research you may not even have to go shopping on actual Black Friday at all.
6. Split up and meet for lunch
If you go with a group of family or friends, split up stores. Use FindMyFriends (for Apple devices) or the free Life360 app (https://www.life360.com/) to track everyone’s locations. Then, you can meet back up for lunch to show off your finds.
7. Don’t drive
Often the craziest part of Black Friday shopping is finding parking. So instead, have a friend or family member drop you off and pick you up. Or, try a ride-sharing service like Uber (https://www.uber.com/0) or Lyft (https://www.lyft.com/) if you don’t think you’ll have many large bags. Carpooling is also a great idea as well.
Overall, each of these tips is one more way to make Black Friday a stress-free event. So, grab a friend or family member, get out those gift lists, and get shopping!