We’re only one week away from sitting with our family members, toasting to the love we share for one another, expressing our gratitude for everything we have. That also means we are only one week and one day away from standing in ten below temperatures, waiting for our opportunity to stampede through stores, nose dive into a hoard of shoppers, tackle the owner of the last in-stock television, and make our way to whichever cashier is not hiding under the checkout lane cash register. Black Friday is a tricky and dangerous business. Now, most stores are not going to be like that, but it’s at least funny to think that they will be. Still, Black Friday is a fantastic day to get really worthwhile deals on typically pricy products, but you won’t be able to take advantage of any of them if you don’t have a well-researched plan of attack. If you want to finally attempt Black Friday or have a more successful shot at Black Friday, you want to follow these steps:
Create a Strategy
This is NOT the time to nonchalantly wane in and out of the aisles with your mind focusing more on what’s for dinner than any item you happen to come across that looks decent enough to buy. If it’s an item that is good enough to wait in line before the break of dawn in freezing temperatures just to get a deal on, then likely chances there’s at LEAST ten others that want it just as badly as you do. This is where a good strategy comes in. Make a list of items you plan to get for yourself (and others, of course) and then prioritize them. If you need a new refrigerator but the expense hasn’t played in your favor, you should look up the best Black Friday deals for a refrigerator and make that your first stop. They won’t be there if you go at the end of your shopping spree.
So now you know to research what stores have the best deals for the items you need. What you need to research next is the best path in the store to easily retrieve every item you want. When you leave you want to leave knowing the quickest route between every store you are looking to hit up. There’s no doubt you will run into a lot of traffic from a lot of other eager shoppers. Having knowledge of all the shortcuts and what stores with the best deals that are close together will be quite advantageous.
Arrive Two Hours Early
You may even want to go three or more hours before opening if you can. It isn’t an uncommon practice for shoppers to drive to the stores minutes after eating their pumpkin pie and saying their goodbyes at the table. There’s no beating THOSE folks unless you join them. Still, the earlier the better. Just make sure to dress appropriately and maybe bring a friend or two since you will be waiting in line for quite a while.
Now, why lose sleep and dignity if you don’t have to? There is a chance every item you are looking for it right in the comfort and warmth of your own home. At least on your laptop it is… Some equally great deals can be purchased right on the store’s main webpage! Check to see the online deals before making an unnecessary trek outside. You can also look at sites like Amazon who have become pros at the Black Friday and Cyber Monday game. You can find things you didn’t even realized you needed there! And it’s a heck of a lot simpler. Have fun!
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