It takes a special breed of person to be able to go out and brave the frigid temperatures and long lines to snatch up those great deals on Black Friday. By following a few tips and tricks you can get those fantastic bargains without getting completely stressed out. The stores open a little bit earlier each year. Last year I saw some even open at midnight!
First off, have a plan! You should make a list that details what stores you want to hit, what time each store opens and what deals you want in each store. Along with your list take along your sale ads in case there is a dispute over a sale price. The employees will always remember the biggest sale items, but they may forget about some of the smaller deals. Make sure you know what you want in each store and where the items will be located so that you may get straight to the products you are after. If you are not familiar with a store, go in ahead of time and learn the lay of the store. Your detailed list will be your best friend.
Getting into lines early is key. The most organized people who know what they want are always the first in line. This is crucial when you are after a great bargain and there is a limited quantity in the store. You would hate to find out you stood outside in the cold for two hours with a couple hundred other people all after the same thing – but there were only 10 in stock.
Teamwork is the way to go. Get together with a few of your best friends. If there are items at two different stores that open at the same time you can split up and get all of the deals. Divide and conquer is also a great strategy in a single store. One person can head to electronics while another heads to apparel and others to toys.
Lighten your load. Only take what you need with you that morning. Maybe a small wallet with your credit card and ID in it, your cell phone and your lists. There is no need to have a huge purse with you weighing you down and getting in the way when you are trying to navigate narrow aisles filled with people.
Personal safety should also be high priority. When you exit your car make sure nothing is visible through the windows. Roll up all of the windows and lock your doors. When you leave a store, put your items in your trunk so they can’t be seen. If you don’t have a trunk, place your bags in the back seat floorboards and cover them with a blanket. You don’t want your car to be a target in a parking lot. Any time you are walking through the parking lots keep your head up and eyes open. Know what is going on around you. Thieves watch for people who are talking on the phone or otherwise distracted as they are easy to steal shopping bags from. Don’t hang out in parking lots dividing up your goodies with your friends. Instead have everyone meet at one persons house and distribute your goodies then. This will keep you out of the public eye.
And most of all, be realistic. This is not the day nor time to do all of your Christmas shopping. This time should be fun and used to scoop up some of the great bargains. Make the experience fun and exciting – leave behind the stress. And don’t worry, the deals you missed on Black Friday can be made up with other great deals on Cyber Monday!