With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may be preparing not only for a pleasant feast, but also a run for the best deals. While there are many people who enjoy the hectic atmosphere, there are others who really just want to get in and out. No matter what type of shopper you are, going shopping prepared will ensure that you have a great time instead of coming home irritated and exhausted.
Know Your Ads
Black Friday deals are always available online before the actual day. New electronics and popular toys are released to take advantage of the consumers’ wants, having an idea of what will be on sale at the store can really help you out. If you are on the lookout for a specific item, be sure to shop around now so you know what options you have. Do not forget to look at stores you normally do not shop at. They may have the best deals available and, if they are not as popular as some of the big name stores, you may have a better chance of getting exactly what you want.
Enjoy Those Freebies
Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Day has brought forth some criticism. However, there are those who take it all in stride and have simply added Thanksgiving shopping to their ritual. Some stores do hand out freebies. These freebies may range from gift cards and candy to free movie tickets. If you finish your big meal early and still have some energy left, you could come out even more ahead.
Make a Plan
Shopping during the Black Friday sales can be difficult, especially when dealing with the crowds. One of the best ways to get around the confusion is to create a game plan. If you are heading to the mall with a group, figure out who is responsible for buying what item and split into smaller groups. Just make sure to keep your eye on the kids and use your cell phone to stay in touch with the other groups. If you are shopping by yourself, having some idea of where the items are located within the store can prevent some confusion and reduce your wait time.
Stick to Shopping List
The main goal for retailers is to sell you as much product as possible. This is not a conspiracy; in fact, this has been the goal ever since the Black Friday shopping tradition started. To avoid causing problems with your wallet, create a strict list and avoid purchasing items that are not on it. If you love picking up a few extras here and there, budget some extra cash for the impulse items or little surprises for yourself. Further, ensure that you have some backup item ideas ready in case your wanted items are already sold out. This will save you time and money.
Spread the Cheer
If you work a busy job or have experience in retail, it is crucial to remember that the sales associates are spending the holiday working so you can have a nice shopping experience. Treat them with kindness even if they cannot be as helpful as they normally are due to the crowds. A good rule of thumb is that, if you treat the staff nicely, you are more likely to be treated nicely in return. The sales associates may even be happy to search out overlooked items in the backroom as long as you are polite.
Holiday shopping does not always have to be stressful. By planning and being flexible, you can make your Black Friday shopping experience a fun one.