Ah, Thanksgiving. It’s a time to be thankful for all our blessings: family, good health, good food, and the opportunity to stand in line at 3 A.M. the next morning just to throw people out of your way in order to get the last 70” television in the store.
Black Friday has become the epitome of shopping days in the United States. No other country has a tradition like this: you know, the one where we shovel through other human beings to get the best deal on that must-have toy that your child will be tired of playing with in 0.2 seconds. Nonetheless, thousands of people line up every single year, hours before stores open.
I have never been one of those people. Sure, I’ll go out shopping that day some years, but I have never woken up at the crack of dawn (or hours before) to stand in line in front of Target. But still, the thrill of Black Friday has always intrigued so I have come up with some strategies to help those crazed, caffeine-high shoppers make the most out of their very, very, very early Friday morning.
- Do your research. Make a list of items that you want to purchase, and then find the best Black Friday deal. You can use this website (http://www.theblackfriday.com/) to help you navigate which stores will give you the most bang for your buck.
- Create maps. Make a map of the stores you want to hit. First number them by priority, then by the best route to take from one store to the next. If you have more than one Black Friday-er in your family, you can separate into teams to tackle more stores at once.
- Create a map of the stores, too. This is mostly for the first store that you are attempting to unleash your mad shopping skills, but you can use it for the others if you feel the need. Figure out where the items are that you want to purchase and create the route through the store. Again, if you have more than one shopper with you, you can create more than one route to make things go by faster.
- Spot holder. The checkout lines are probably going to be the worst of it all, so try to have one person in your group hold a spot once you have most of your items.
- Trunk space. Be sure to be realistic about your trunk space. If you are getting a new grill and a 80” television, they probably won’t both fit in your Camry. Spilt up the large items between cars (if possible) so that you can reasonably fit everything on your trip home.
- Bring food and snacks. Nothing is worse than being stressed and hungry. Bring something to eat to keep your nourishment up and your anger down.
- Don’t stress. This is probably the last thing a true Black Friday-er wants to hear, but it’s true. No one is going to die if you don’t get that $50 foot massager for $9. These are things; they are not life and death matters. Try to have fun and stay excited about the awesome deals you do get. And then gloat about those deals on Facebook to all your friends- that will be sure to make you feel better.
To all those Black Friday shoppers, good luck next week. I will be thinking of you while I lay in my comfortable bed, sleeping away the deals you are willing to crush the person next to you for. And Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Leave a comment below and tell us your POA’s (Plans of Action) for Black Friday!