Holiday Survival Guide: Surviving Black Friday
Survive the Black Friday Frenzy with These Tips From The Survivors Club
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- Plan Ahead: Go to the mall or store you will shop at on Black Friday and get comfortable with it. What is the layout of the mall? How is each store organized? You will need to know exactly where each store and department you want to visit is so you can shop quickly and safely. If you plan, you will not be one of the vulnerable shoppers aimlessly wandering around dazed by the mayhem.
- Prepare Accordingly: It will probably be cold in the early morning after Thanksgiving and it will probably get hot during the crowded day of Black Friday shopping. Wear comfortable layers of clothing. Bring snacks, water, entertainment and phone chargers. It is a good idea to go with a large group of friends. Then someone can hold your place in line if you need to use the restroom.
- Be Aware: Once you are inside the store, look to see if you notice an absence of planning. If the store seems disorganized, stay away. If there are no signs, P.A. announcements, or posted information, the store is potentially dangerous because there wasn't enough planning done to make sure the crowds are safe. If you decide to shop, know where the entrances and exits are in case of an emergency.
- Monitor Crowds: Try to sense what the overall mood of your fellow shoppers is. If the store has offered competitive sales like "first one in gets the best bargain," then be aware that shoppers will be fighting towards the front. There will be pushing and shoving which could potential knock you down. If you find yourself closely surrounded by people on all four sides, get out of the crowd as quickly and safely as possible. If you are knocked down, you may be stepped on by those around you and potentially trampled.
- Make a List: To guard against overspending, go through the advertisements the day before you go shopping. Make a list of the things you want to buy. Then stick as closely to that list as you can. Although somethings may be tempting, remind yourself that you created the shopping list to budget your spending on Black Friday.
- Arrive Early: The best deals on Black Friday are time sensitive, and they are usually in the early mornings. You will want to wait in line before the store opens because the best sale items are often in low supply. Decide which items will be the most popular and go for those first before they sell out. You could also strategize with your family or friends and organize a way to obtain different items on your list at the same time.
- Cash Only: If you made a list of everything you wanted to buy, add up the total cost (including tax) and then bring that amount in cash. It is much easier to spend money on a card than with cash. Bringing cash will prevent you from overspending your allotment. Remember to include money for lunch if you plan to stay all day.
- Check Facebook for Deals: Now, many stores are offering specials on social networking sites. There are even some free facebook giveaways just for signing up, and you can find deals in record time on twitter. By linking in, you will have an edge over your fellow shoppers and be prepared for unexpected instant sales.