We all know they call it “Black Friday” for a reason… but if you are brave enough to take on the biggest sales and crowds of the year, please take advantage of these helpful tips. Good luck!
STRATEGIZE: Shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving is intense, if you don’t go in with a plan, you will probably not be successful. Decide which stores you want to go to and in which order. Plan your shopping “route” around the location of each store for the easiest access
LIMIT SURPRISES: Get the Thanksgiving Day newspaper in your area and flip through all of those ads. You might be surprised to notice how many of the ads are time-sensitive — as in, deeper discounts may apply if you shop before 10 or 11 a.m. or noon. Other ads will let you know what time certain stores plan to open and close. This will also help to determine which
stores will be the most crowded at which times.
GOING OUT EARLY? PLAN ACCORDINGLY AND BE PREPARED: Remember to dress comfortably — warmly enough for the time you’ll spend outside, but with layers so you won’t collapse from heat stroke inside stuffy, crowded stores. Comfortable shoes are a must, and so are portable snacks and drinks. They’ll prevent you from having to endure low blood-sugar levels, dehydration or congested food courts.
MAKE A SHOPPING LIST: You’ll feel more in control and focused if you head out with a list of the people you’re shopping for, the gift ideas you have in mind for them and the target price range for each item. Otherwise, a shopping day like this one could be so overwhelming you might fail to accomplish as much as you had hoped.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE INTERNET: No crowds, no lines, no need to change out of your pajamas. Many online retailers offer sales and special discounts on the Friday after Thanksgiving — and sometimes those sales kick in at midnight on the night before Black Friday. It might be a weird way to spend the wee hours of the morning, but you’re guaranteed not to get scratched, kicked or trampled.