Black Friday starts earlier and earlier each year. At some stores it begins as soon as the Thanksgiving plates are cleared. Lines at stores start forming at ungodly hours before the sun rises. Not my kinda fun. But there are people who live for this. If you aren’t one of those people but still want to experience the wonderful sales of Black Friday, you’re gonna want some tips…
1. Have a game plan.
With many stores and only so much energy to expend, you will need to have a list of the things you want to accomplish. You should know what stores you want to go to and how to get to them, what you want to buy, and how much you want spend. This means taking the time to look-up the deals your favorite store will be having. Knowing what you want will help you avoid pointless crowds, although those are everywhere.
2. Be Patient.
Speaking of crowds…there WILL be an abundance of people. Personal space will be nonexistent. Prepare to have everyone and their mother and grandmother within your bubble. Just take a deep breath and try not to freak out. You will have to endure many rude, impatient people traveling in large flocks. Be patient. It would be easier to get frustrated, yes, but that will get you nowhere fast. Patience is a virtue that is very much needed in this excursion.
3. Be Aggressive!
Being patient does not mean being passive. I guarantee you there will be one person eyeballing the same dress as you…in your size. God knows that could be the last size 6 and you are then left deciding between squeezing into a size 4 or swimming in an 8. Grace said person with a friendly smile, and you have just said “Adios” to that once $100 now $25 dress. This is not the time for these types of niceties. Save that for Christmas. If you want a successful day/night (I don’t know what to consider it) you must be aggressive. If you want something you have to pounce, in all literal senses of the word. It’s a dog eat dog world for these Black Friday shoppers.
4. Don’t Fall Asleep.
I know this may seem like a given but for those of you who are waiting outside for stores to open, the adrenaline wears off. You will realize that it is way past bed time and you will begin to feel tired. I’m speaking from experience. Not my own, thank God but a friend’s. Here’s a brief summary.
It was a cold night/morning in Minnesota, on none other than Black Friday. My friend and her younger brother were waiting in a long line for the newest kicks (sneakers). They were sitting and waiting like everyone else when they decided to “rest their eyes,” (NEVER rest your eyes!) which we all know is code for sleeping. When they decided their eyes were well rested, they looked around and noticed there was no one outside. They had slept through the shoe release. There is no coming back from that. Don’t be them! Drink coffee, Amp, take a power nap beforehand, do whatever it takes to stay awake because if you snooze you WILL lose.
Best of luck to you all in your spending endeavors!