The Friday following Thanksgiving traditionally kicks off the Christmas holiday shopping season. I’m a huge Black Friday shopper, so I thought I would share some of my tried and true Black Friday tips with you.
Perhaps the most important Black Friday tip I can offer is to go with a plan. Each year, I make a list of specific items I need from specific stores. If you’re just going to stores hoping to stumble upon a good deal, you might not find what you’re looking for.
The second thing I recommend is to pair-up if you can. If you have a shopping partner, you can hit one store while your partner can hit another one.
The third piece of advice I offer is DO NOT GET A SHOPPING KART. Even if you have a large item to purchase, do not get a shopping kart. I know some of you may be scoffing, but it’s true. I’ve gotten very large items without getting a kart first. The first thing you need to do is get to the item you want and get your hands on it. If you can, carry the items you want. If you can’t go to the item and ask an associate to get you a cart. If you grab a kart as soon as you get into the store, you won’t be able to make it through the packed aisles.
The fourth tip I offer others is to know the store’s layout. If you go to the store the night prior to the sale, you might get a chance to see where the displays are set up. If you know the store’s layout, you’ll be able to get to the item you need to more quickly.
The fifth and final tip I have to offer is to have fun.
Below are links to store’s Black Friday ads. Click on any button to see that store’s printable flyer.
Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!