The most wonderful time of the year can be pretty stressful. Here are some helpful hacks, tips and strategies to keep you on track during your Black Friday shopping.
1. Do your research
Who are you shopping for? What do you need to get? Which stores have the best deals? Can you just get it online? Do you have access to coupons? Have you checked the stores' websites? RetailMeNot? Does the store price match? Check out these apps for the best deals on Black Friday, or for the rest of your holiday shopping.
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Black Friday 2015-Best Deals (Google Play)
Black Friday 2015 Ads App (Apple)
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Now that you have your research completed you can come up with a plan of action. Schedule which stores you want to hit. Pace yourself! Come up with a time table, budget, shopping list, etc. Keeping on track will alleviate some aggravation and also keep you from buying things just because they are there.
3. Price Matching
Price matching is your friend. In your research figure out where does price matching. This will save you plenty of dough, but be careful for tensions may be high.
4. Online Deals on Black Friday
Cyber Monday is no longer sacred for online deals. Amazon has been running Black Friday sales for almost a week now. Redneck Couture is having an awesome Black Friday sale (with every cardigan order you get a FREE tshirt). Find if any of the stores you want to shop at are having deals online as well.
5. Lay Away
Put some items on lay away. This allows you to get more shopping done without breaking the bank.
6. Shop in Packs
Every year you hear horror stories from Black Friday. It's safer, easier and probably more fun to shop with a buddy or three. Not only does this decrease the chances of injury and losing your wallet, but you can assign jobs so the shopping gets done faster. It's always good to have a buddy to wait in line while you shop!
7. Keep Healthy
If you want to make shopping an all day event, make sure to pack snacks and drinks. Stopping to buy food might throw you off your game or get you tired real fast.
8. Pace Yourself
Pace yourself with the physical shopping, don't over exert yourself--you have plenty of time. Pace yourself with your budget as well. Don't spend too much money on Black Friday that you could struggle on Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season.
9. Make a weekend out of it.
Many stores now have Black Friday as entire weekend event. This allows you plenty of time to get everything done. Pace yourself. Pace yourself. Pace yourself.
10. Can you find it online?
If you can, buy it online.