It’s Black Friday today. There are so many people who brave the cold, crowds and lack of sleep to fight over deals on everything from kitchen appliances to gaming consoles. I am not one of those people, nor have I ever been. I’m all for a good deal, but I’ve heard too many stories and am frankly not brave enough to try. I do, however, know many “professional” Black Friday shoppers between my mom, sister-in-law, all my aunts, a few co-workers and a few friends. I have asked around and gathered as much Black Friday data as possible to pass along the do’s and dont’s of the ever famous Black Friday.
DO Follow & Like Your Favorites
You’re already a social media guru, so go checkout your favorite brands’ social sites to get the scoop on Black Friday deals. Find out release dates, sneak-previews, prices and discount options for your favorite items.
DO Bundle-Up & Accessorize
Tech products are more popular than ever and will be flying off shelves first and fast! Retailers often bundle electronics and accessories so you can get more bang for your buck. Look for bundle specials to make the most of your technology purchases.
DO Research Before You Shop
Gather and review online and local print circulations. Cut and sort all of your coupons, flyers and ads, alphabetize them, and bring them with you on shopping day.
DO Recruit a Shopping Buddy
Shopping as a team can help you minimize legwork, save time in line, avoid losing your bags while shopping and offer a trusted second opinion when negotiating purchases.
First decide on the list of stores you want to visit. Then plan your shopping schedule and route based on store hours of operation and location. Lastly, create a plan by writing down the stores you wish to visit and map the locations in priority order.
Do Create a List
Shopping like a pro is about getting organized. Know what you want and where to find it. Make an electronic memo in your phone or write out your wish list in a small notebook to take with you. You can even create a spreadsheet to sort your list by store location.
Don’t Leave Home Without These
Before embarking on this extra early shopping day remember to have a full cell phone battery, wear comfortable shoes, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, snack often and only take the cash and credit cards you want to use!
Don’t Take Your Daily Wallet
By bringing your daily wallet or purse, you risk losing it during your store travels on this extra crowded day. Consider using a cross-body satchel to keep your money and credit cards safe and for a convenient, hands-free way to tote your shopping list and coupons.
Don’t Waste Gas: Call-Ahead
Not all stores offer the same deals at all locations. Avoid driving around from store to store searching for your items by organizing your shopping list and calling in advance to check availability. One simple phone call can put you ahead of the line saving you time and money.
Don’t Bring Young Children
Children are our pride and joy, but can make an already hectic day like Black Friday even more frenzied. The risk of small children getting lost in the crowd is reason enough to leave them behind. Add in multiple bathroom breaks and excessive walking and it’s clear why youngsters are best left at home sipping eggnog creating their holiday wish lists.