Why preparation is key:
As any of you fellow shopaholics know, you can’t wait until the last minute to prepare for either of these two events. First, Thanksgiving is such a busy time, and to be really successful you must, research, and plan this whole thing out. It has become such a complicated event, and so many stores now participate, that if you do not prepare, you will be shooting yourself in the foot.
Plan your Black Friday:
For Black Friday, I suggest you check every local newspaper on-line or otherwise, and make out a schedule. If you have capabilities on your cell phone, by all means load up any apps for discounts you can get to your phone or otherwise. Once you know what all the local stores are offering for the early birds, gather whatever coupons required, and file them in your wallet.
Plan your route:
Now that you are all set and geared up, you can plan the driving route. It is important to do this though many may say, “oh I’ll just wing it”. If you really want to be the early bird, you will have to plan around traffic jams, have your radio set to receive the traffic updates so you can skinny around the pile ups. Put the plan into your TomTom, portable phone, or other high tech gadgets.
Plan what you will eat:
Next you have to plan what you and your gang will eat. What good is it, if you get to the department store first, and win a $1.00 prize to then turn around and spend $30.00 on food.
Either gather up those coupons you received in the mail last week, and never used, or better yet pack a cooler. If you don’t have to stop to eat like everyone else, you will be much more productive. I recommend turkey sandwiches.
I’m talking to die hard shoppers here. You don’t want to be hypoglycemic all of a sudden and have to go lay down because you didn’t eat, when your neighbor is zipping off to the next stop ahead of you, now do you? Ok then, I see you will be packing a lunch. Grab some bottled water while you are at it so you don’t lose steam and wilt while in the check out line.
Check your list twice:
Now that you are set on discount apps/coupons, etc., you’ve planned your route, packed a cooler check the gas tank. If it is empty zip up town and fill it on the eve before black Friday. This way you are ready to go when it’s time to leave.
Charge your phone, and set your items you are taking with you like coat, and purses ladies, beside where you are charging your phone. This way you just grab and go in the morning.
Get a nap and be ready to hit the cyber Black Friday at midnight:
One final preparation is to go ahead and go to sleep after Thanksgiving dinner. You know you will be tired. And you have to get up at midnight to catch all the good Cyber deals for black Friday too!
You did plan out your Cyber list right? You should have researched who had the best deals on what you wanted a week before. Have these bookmarked and ready to go.
Work on line until a designated time, and either nap for an hour or just get some coffee and hit the road for the early bird freebies.
Now you know how to have a heart pounding time on Black Friday!
2 Days to recover and you are up for Cyber Monday!
Plan to get some rest over Saturday and Sunday because Monday you will be hitting it again. On Sunday if you have not already done so, scout out the deals on line and bookmark them in their own folder in your favorites. This will save you a ton of time
Have your credit cards handy:
Be sure you are up to date on your credit limits etc. or have money already in your pay pal so you can get on with it.
Make a shopping list and follow it:
Again, if you have not done so yet, write down every deal you want to get in on. If you are checking off your Christmas list precisely, then be sure to have that sitting on your desk or on your desktop,so that you are ready to go. Write down beside each gift you want to buy, where to find it at the best deal.
I wish all you fellow shopaholics the best 2 days of shopping ever! I hope these shopping tips have inspired you to get prepared for your Black Friday and Cyber Monday events. Make this the best holiday ever in the history of “time”! Good luck All!