Black Friday is around the corner. Prep yourself for some great deal hunting with these 9 savvy survival tips from Domestic CEO!
For the true Black Friday professional, this is the day you’ve been waiting for all year long. For the Black Friday newbie or someone dabbling in it, this day can be daunting; even overwhelming.
I must admit, I am not a Black Friday pro but I know a few people who are so I gleaned some of their best tips to share with you. Whether it’s your first time out or you are a seasoned Black Friday shopper, I’ve got 9 tips to make the most of this shopping bonanza!.
Tip #1: Do Your Homework
Black Friday shopping has changed over the years. It used to be that you could leisurely enjoy your Thanksgiving meal and then browse the newspaper ads to make your shopping list for the next morning.
The tides have turned, my friends. Black Friday shopping has now become a combination art form and an episode of Survivor. There are already ads for Black Friday popping up on the web. Start creating your list of gifts now, then comparison shop on specific store websites and major shopping sites to be sure the price you found is actually a good deal. If you are only saving $30 on that mega juicer but have to stand in line for a few hours to get your hands on it, that likely isn't worth the savings.
Learn more money-saving tips on how to comparison shop for merchandise in Tech Talker's episode How to Navigate Black Friday and Cyber Monday Like a Pro.
Tip #2: Plan Your Route
Once you know which stores you want to hit, plan the best route possible. Obviously if there’s a big ticket item in limited quantity and you really want that item, this would be your first stop. Think about where stores are located, where they are in proximity to each other, and the best way in and out of the parking lot and on to your next destination. This may seem like overkill, but Black Friday traffic can be awful. Knowing the simplest way from point A to point B might save you precious shopping time and stress.
Tip #3: Be Prepared
Besides having your very specific list at hand, there are a few other things you need to take along. If you can manage shopping without a purse, then do so. Keep your money and credit cards in a pocket or even a fanny pack (gasp!). If you need to take a purse, be sure it can be worn across your body. Remember, thieves also love Black Friday but for very different reasons.
If you know you are buying larger items, take along a few large reusable shopping bags. Use these rather than a shopping cart for faster movement in the store.
Your cell phone is a must. Make sure the volume is on high. Keeping this in your hand at the ready is a good plan - especially if you are shopping in a group (more on this later).
A few other items to stuff in your pockets would be tissues, lip balm (yes, you will feel dehydrated and your lips will get dry), and some pain reliever. You may not need it but if a pounding headache begins to rear its ugly head, you want to be prepared.
Lastly, stow a small cooler filled with water bottles in the car and keep some high-protein snacks there as well. As you move from store to store, be sure to drink plenty of water and keep your energy level steady by snacking on nuts or protein bars. Nix the candy bars and chips on this excursion or you’ll end up with a drop in blood sugar and then you’re dead in the water.