Black Friday is upon us. Are you ready? Want tips to survive the day of days when it’s OK for the soccer moms to claw your eyes out to get that Xbox Kinect. Well if you’re like many of Americans you want the best deals possible and are willing to sacrifice your dignity and maybe some values to get the best prices possible. Hey your on a budget right? Here are some my top ten tips to survive the day.
First tip. Did you know that most stores have websites. Yeah I forgot too. Many sites are now offering the same promotions or better for Black Friday. If your smart you’ll check online first. Many stores start a day early or even at midnight for their Black Friday sales so it is definitely worth checking out.
Tip number two. Know your merchandise. Check websites and the news paper to figure out what you want ahead of time and to price compare. That way when the day comes you won’t be THAT person standing there indecisively while other people are ready to knock out their knee caps to get them out of the way.
Tip number three. One word. Coupons! Collect, collect, collect. When the deals are that good on Black Friday what’s stopping you from getting even better deal. Sign up for e-mail alerts, cut news paper coupons, apply for credit at the stores, whatever you have to do to get your time and money worth. If you have a friend not shopping on Black Friday ask them for their coupons or any they come across.
Tip number four. Assemble a team. When the shopping environment is that hectic it is better to shop in a team. Split up the items among the people your with, that way you can ensure that you at least have a fair chance of retrieving the items. With only one person it would just be you scrambling to each items one by one, but with multiple people it’s like having extra hands and eyes. Having a team is beneficial if you want items from a different store. You can send the team out to different locations and meet up for lunch later or breakfast.
Tip number five. Bring in the big guns, as in you car. Make sure it is cleaned out the day before to ensure optimal space for the ‘normas booty you be collecting argh! Also if you are shopping at multiple stores, you’ll need the room.
Tip number six. Wear comfortable shoes. That woman in the stilettos, who does she thinks she kidding this early in the morning, will just get knocked down. The man who is limping, will just get shoved out of the way. You do have not time for games.
Tip number seven. Make sure you, or you and your team, arrive earlier than early. If you think you are arriving earlier than most people, your not, there is all ready a line. This is for the serious shoppers only. If your not willing to put in the time, than you are not getting the best deals. Taking shifts while standing in line is easier, that way you ensure that you have a spot and no one gets tired to quickly. Also stores usually have prizes of sorts to the first umpteenth number of people.
Tip number eight. NO CHILDREN. They will get hurt. Black Friday can get pretty vicious and you do not want your child or any child to get tramples on. Pushing, shoving, and nasty fights break out and you child will only be a victim. Also they will just slow you down. Bringing the elderly is optional, depending how vicious grandma can get.
Tip number nine. Secure a good spot in line. You will be standing there for a while so be prepared. With a team you can have people bring the items to you while you wait in line. You will possibly receive a few complaints and grumbles from other people waiting but that’s because they did not think of that first. Ha. Never step out of line, not even to go to the bathroom or it will be an even longer wait than anticipated. Also have your money and coupons ready. You need to get in and get out, no time for dawdling.
Tip number ten. Know your merchandise. A lot of the times stores will match prices so be sure you know what your talking about. Also promotions and items can ring up wrong, know the price, you don’t have time to search for the items again. Which reminds me, make sure your items have tags, there is no time for waiting, especially if you have other stores to visit.
Free tip. Be nice to your cashier. You are more likely to receive better service and sometimes and extra discount especially if you forgot you coupons.
Those are my top ten tips for surviving Black Friday. There is no tip on parking except park near the back so you can leave easier but that may not always be the case. Have a happy and safe Black Friday and may you score awesome deals.