Do you know people who simply refuse to go shopping on Black Friday? Or maybe YOU are one of those people who refuses to go shopping on Black Friday. Have you ever wondered how to shop Black Friday without losing your mind? If so, wonder no longer. Below, you will find some helpful suggestions that can help you survive the Black Friday Holiday without losing your mind and your budget. Believe it or not you can still score some super deals without pulling all of your hair out and making your blood pressure skyrocket in the process. Take a peek!
How to Shop Black Friday Without Losing Your Mind
1. Be well rested.
You may be all in a tizzy from the Thanksgiving Holiday already, so be sure to get rest the night before. Enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities, clean up, and call it a night. Don’t let your excitement keep you up until 3 a.m. or you are sure to have a tough time staying focused on the big day.
2. Lay out your sale circulars.
This is the best way to create a visual of the stores you want to visit and what each store has to offer. These sale circulars will arrive Thanksgiving Day (although many may offer you sneak peeks prior) so after dinner or while it is in the oven comb through the ads and see what catches your eye. You can even grab a pen and do like little kiddos do with the toy catalog and circle the items you want to buy.
3. Create a plan.
On a piece of paper, simply write in order of 1-10 (or more if need be!) the stores you wish to visit. Use the store ads you combed through prior to create this list, making special note of the store hours. You will want to create a list based on these store hours, as some will open sooner than others. The point is to be at the stores with the hottest deals when they open or as soon as possible after they open.
4. Fuel yourself.
Stopping for breakfast or shopping on an empty stomach will only waste time and make you more irritable. Instead, fuel yourself with granola or protein bars, a breakfast shake, some fruit, and a hot cup of coffee. Grab a few of these items to enjoy in the car and take some extras so you can snack between trips to each store or while waiting in line for the store to open.
5. Dress appropriately.
The stores get rather crowded and warm during the holiday shopping events such as Black Friday, yet the weather is typically chilly outside. Be prepared by layering your clothing. Avoid a heavy and bulky jacket and instead place a tank top on, cover with a t-shirt, then sweater, then vest or zip up jacket over it. This way, you can stay warm but remove layers when you get into the store. Thin, well fitted gloved are great for keeping hands warm in between each run but also allow you to handle merchandise easily. Oh, and a hat is great for hiding that early morning bed head!
6. Take your own collapsible shopping basket.
When the mad rush starts, you might not have time to grab a cart. Or, there may be none left. Shop with a see through collapsible shopping basket so you can easily carry the items you need without struggling for a cart. Take your own reusable shopping bags to so you can bag your own items at checkout and keep the process moving quickly.
7. Accept what is to be.
Look, here is what you need to accept: you may not get every deal you wanted. You may encounter people who did not follow these tips and therefore are a rude and obnoxious mess, not embracing the start of the holiday shopping season in the spirit of love and joy. Whew. That can be exhausting and make you lose your mind alone. Do your best to relax, enjoy, and have fun. Every dime you save is a dime you save, and if you miss some deals it is ok, because more are going to come along. Shop with a positive and caring attitude and hopefully it will serve as an example and inspiration to others to be a tad bit more considerate.
Once your shopping is done, bring your items home and set them aside for a few hours. Don’t worry about stashing away gifts and receipts just yet. Let yourself decompress and enjoy a warm beverage. Congratulate yourself on a job well done and on the money you saved. There is plenty of time for gift sorting, wrapping, and stashing away later. For now, just relax, unwind, and kick off the holiday season with positive thoughts.