Oh it’s that time of year! We are quickly approaching Thanksgiving which is immediately followed by another of my favorite holidays, Black Friday! I have a very large family. Both sets of my grandparents are still living and most of us have contributed to expanding our family by marriage or childbirth. I also have a large group of close friends and colleagues. Thus I have a lot of presents to buy at Christmas time! That is why I take advantage of Black Friday shopping.
To some, shopping on Black Friday can be overwhelming and cause anxiety or chest pain at the thought of dealing with those crowds. I thought I would share how my family and I have come to love it! First, we have made it a family tradition. My group consists of 5 women. After an amazing home-cooked farm-fresh family Thanksgiving dinner, we clean up and clear the table. Then we pull out all of the local newspapers and peruse the shopping ads. Many of our family members think we are crazy but they still enable us by contributing their newspapers.
· Make a list of the people you want to buy gifts for
· Make a list of the best bargains that you really would like to take advantage of
· Rank bargains by best location and most money saved
· Make a list of the stores you want to shop at and the bargains you want to look for at that location
· Organize list of stores by geographical location
· Cut out all relevant coupons and put in the same order as the store list
· Get a good night of rest
· Get up as early as you are comfortable leaving (we wait until 7 am)
· Wear layers of clothing and comfortable shoes
· Park in a spot that may work for shopping at several stores; finding parking spaces is time consuming on this busy day
· Go shopping with expectations that the item may be sold out, especially if it is a door-buster and keep in mind you may find other unexpected great deals
· Break up into teams to shop and hold places in line
· Avoid taking a shopping cart, it’s usually too crowded
· With at least one other member of the group, take items to your vehicle to avoid carrying heavy bags and cover with a blanket so as not to tempt thieves
· Stay hydrated with plenty of fluids and frequent snacks
· Plan for an early or late lunch to avoid a long wait
· Pace yourself, it’s a long day
· Avoid getting frustrated or upset over people bumping into you and apologize if you accidently do the same
· Keep track of the amount of money you are spending. It can add up quickly, especially when you are using credit cards
· Have fun and enjoy the experience
If this doesn’t sound like a fun plan to you, enjoy shopping in your comfy clothes at home, crowd free on Cyber Monday! There are great deals to be found on both days.
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