Black Friday is fast approaching and what better way to take advantage of all the shopping deals than by preparing yourself in advance? This article will teach you some of the best tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Black Friday shopping experience!
We have all seen it: the thousands of news stories and YouTube clips of crazy shoppers waiting in mile long lines outside of their favorite stores, waiting with a mad glee in their eyes for the doors to swing open at some un-godly hour. The proprietor of the store always approaches the door anxiously, keys rattling nervously, as they slowly unlock the door.
Then the mad rush is on, as full grown men and women slap ugly babies and push old ladies aside in an effort to save an additional ten percent on items that will likely just end up collecting dust on some shelf anyway. It doesn’t matter – Black Friday is about one thing: the deal. And the better the deal, the better.
You and I are, obviously, above such crazy shenanigans though right? We are dignified in our approach, strolling leisurely through the door and taking our time as we scour the aisles looking for the best bargains on items we actually want and need.
Well, since we are one of the few civilized that exist amongst an armada of money-grubbing miscreants, we need an edge over the competition. That edge isn’t shoulder pads or Kung Fu lessons either. It’s knowledge. Plain and simple. With that in mind, this article is going to give you the business…on conducting proper business.
Black Friday Shopping Tip #1: Know Thyself…and Thy Store
A key – and admittedly an obvious one – to a successful Black Friday shopping experience is keeping up your energy and keeping your mind free of clutter. A staple of the Black Friday shopping credo is that store’s open at insane times. That means you can find yourself waking up at 2 a.m. to get to a store at 3 a.m. to get the best deals. Remember – the early nerd gets the worm.
Keeping on par with that, be sure to know the hours that the store is going to operate. Know the time of the sales and get their early, because other people are going to and they will be camping out. What use is it arriving to a store as it opens if 100 other people are already in line?
This may sound stupid, but another good idea that keeps in line with “knowing thy store” is to visit it before the sale starts. Get an idea of where the items you want to purchase are going to be. That way you can beeline your way there before the uninformed stumble upon your item. Once you have what you want in hand, you can get out and head to the next store. Rinse and repeat.
Black Friday Shopping Tip #2: Make a List and Schedule and Stick To It
Another obvious no-brainer, sure. But is it? First, you should start off making a list of items you want, itemized by stores that carry it. Some stores will likely carry the same items, so it’s a good idea to make notes of duplicates, just in case one store does not have the items you want (that’s using your brain).
Next, arrange the stores on your list by the time they open. If certain items are priority, you may wish to arrange your list that way. Remember to try and keep in mind the distance between stores. Arranging them in that order is also a good idea.
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