First, you need to pick which stores you’re going to. Sure, you can make some on-the-spot decisions while shopping, but you really should have the outline of a game plan. At least, you need to choose a location. The outlets? The local mall? Walmart? It’s important to know where you’re going and get there around when the deal starts so you can maximize your experience.
After that, make a list of what you want to purchase or look for. There is absolutely no time to dawdle in some of the store you’ll be going to… at least if you would prefer not to be trampled. You need to know exactly what you’re going for so you can get it, check out, and get out as quickly as possible. Black Friday is not the day to browse.
Take a nap before going shopping. Take it from someone who didn’t (and went running instead), a nap is pretty important. If you don’t want to be absolutely knocked-out two hours into your trip, I would recommend getting some shut-eye.
The day of, most places will be busy on Black Friday, so you should probably drive a smaller car so you can squeeze into any available parking space because we all know that parking is extremely limited. In fact, when I went shopping two years ago, we had to park behind the outlets next to a dumpster.
While shopping, keep it calm and relaxed. There will be plenty of crazy shoppers around you, so it’s best not to get all worked up about those awesome yoga pants you just lost to another bargain-hunter. Plus, the experience really should be fun, and getting angry will just ruin that.
If fighting the crowds is sounding less and less appealing, Cyber Monday is always an option too. Honestly, you don’t even have to wait until then because there really are some deals online by Friday. Personally, I’d prefer to be at home in my PJs anyway, so it’s a win-win for me. There’s no drama or exhaustion involved in this option.
Maybe now, your Black Friday will be more fun and successful! Let me know which awesome deals that you end up stealing! Happy kommenting :)