The Ultimate Black Friday Survival Guide

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Black Friday is one of the most anticipated days of the year but also one of the most terrifying days of the year for shoppers. Because of doorbusters, in-store promotions, and the sheer experience of it all, people go all out for Black Friday deals. While we are in total support if you decide to hit the malls on Friday we also don’t blame you for wanting to wait until the Cyber Monday deals. All we can do is give you some friendly advice, shopper to shopper.

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Make a List

First things first, you need to make a list of items that you are hoping to find. Browse through your favorite stores and make a list of everything you want. Or write down what your closet is missing i.e black ankle boots so you aren’t limiting yourself. The list method becomes especially important if you are trying not to spend your entire bank account. Black Friday can be a dangerous realm of picking things up just because they are on sale. Do not give in. Stay strong and stick to that list! We believe in you.

Wear Comfy Clothes

While we totally understand dressing up for a shopping trip, Black Friday is a completely different story. Rule number 1 for Black Friday is to be comfortable. The last thing you need is to be running around in heels all day. Who are you trying to impress? Seriously, throw on your fave sneakers and some leggings and conquer that sale. It also doesn’t hurt to wear layers. A lot of stores often close off their fitting rooms because of the sheer chaos that will ensue. By wearing layers, you can try everything on without having to worry. Jeans can fit over leggings and tops can fit over tank tops.

Read Those Newsletters

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Sure you subscribe to the newsletters but more often than not, a lot of them probably get left behind in your spam folder. In preparation for this weekend, open them. Some of them will include exclusive sales or coupons for subscribers. If not, it’s nice to know what sales to expect when you actually get the mall. Screenshot or save the newsletters that catch your eye. This way, if the sale doesn’t match what the newsletter said, you have proof. Plus it’s a good way to keep track of everything!

Read The Return Policies

Sales are enticing, so you may be a bit more hasty to pick an item because of the deal. But, Black Friday return policies are sometimes different from the normal store policies. Read the fine print. You’ll want to make sure that you can return an item if your rational self realizes that the item is actually more tacky than you remember it being.

Pack Snacks

Chances are you will be waiting in long lines inside and outside. Pack some snacks and a water bottle and take them with you on your shopping extravaganza. This way, you won’t have to waste time trying to find a seat at the food court, you can wait in line and not suffer from hunger.

Go to Bed Early

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If you are a die-hard Black Friday shopper, you will want to get a good night’s rest on Thursday. You’ll likely have to wake up early and go wait in line if there is a big sale that you really want to hit up. Some shoppers are so committed that they pitch tents or sleep in their car so they know they won’t miss the sale. One thing is for sure, by the end of Friday, your body will need the sleep.

Bring A Friend

This may be a positive or negative to Black Friday. Bringing a friend is always helpful when the only thing you can do to cover the sales is divide and conquer. Make sure that your shopping buddy can keep up with you and don’t be offended if she ditches you to go to her own sales.

Wait for Cyber Monday

Just wait. You can enjoy the sales by shopping online on Monday.

Tell Us:

What are your Black Friday survival tips?

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