If you’re going shopping on the most anticipated deal day of the year, you’re almost guaranteed to run into some stressful situations. Let’s face it – between the crowds and the chaos, Black Friday can be intimidating.
But there’s a way to face your fears and maximize your experience. By following these tips, you can guarantee that your shopping holiday will be a lot more fun and a lot less stressful.
1. Make a plan
A majority of Black Friday anxiety is the result of simply being unprepared. But don’t worry – there’s a remedy for this seasonal stressor. Research deals, compare prices and decide which items you want to buy before you set foot in any store.
Don’t forget to bring retailer coupons and ads along with you, too. (There’s nothing worse than seeing the shopper ahead of you get a better deal because she remembered her coupons.)
The more planning you do ahead of time, the less overwhelmed you’ll feel once you get in line.
2. Get enough sleep
Hours of fighting through crowds, standing on your feet and searching for deals can get exhausting. You can prep your body before your shopping excursion by ensuring that you get enough sleep. This way you’ll be wide-eyed and ready to face the packed aisles.
3. Have a support system
Black Friday can be daunting, but you don’t have to face it alone. Try going shopping with a friend, a family member or even a group. You’ll have people to talk to and you can even help each other snag those highly sought deals. If you and a friend decide to each tackle a different store, remember to call or text to keep in contact.
4. Stay on budget
If you get swept up in the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy, you may end up spending more money than you intended to, and overspending can lead to a whole new level of stress.
Create a budget before you swipe any plastic. If you purchase only what you already determined you want to buy – and can realistically afford to buy – you’ll help yourself avoid any buyer’s remorse.
5. Equip yourself
Sometimes it’s the details that get overlooked that can lead to holiday stress. Before you go shopping, double check that you have everything you might possibly need.
You probably already know that you won’t want to forget your phone or wallet, but you should also think about having plenty of gas in your car for trips to, from and between stores.
6. Know where you parked
Imagine this – Black Friday is coming to a close, and you’re finally leaving your favorite retailer carrying bags packed full of discounted merchandise. Suddenly, you realize you don’t remember where you parked.
You don’t want this to happen to you, and you certainly don’t want to end up plodding around a packed parking lot looking for your vehicle.
To prevent this, take note of where you parked so you’ll know exactly where to go once you leave the store. Furthermore, pay attention to whether the area you’re parking in is metered.
7. Shop online
If you want a truly stress-free Black Friday shopping experience, don’t even go to a single store. You’ll find that a majority of retailers are offering deals and discounts online, which means you can get all of your holiday gift buying done from the comfort of your own home. Such sales will be available on both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.
8. Don’t get your hopes up
Unless you’re one of the very first shoppers in line at any given store, odds are you may not walk away with every major deal you had hoped for. Be realistic about your chance of securing any given product so you don’t set yourself up for disappointment.
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