Surviving Black Friday!
STAY HOME! I realize this is probably falling on deaf ears (or would it be blind eye since you’re reading this), but hear me out please! Black Friday is such a crazy day in the retail industry!
You are rushing to be surrounded by people that cooked, cleaned and entertained family all day. Think long and hard about that one! As if that weren’t enough, now you are going to compete with people over a Fingerling for your child, an electronic for your husband, a kitchen appliance for your mom, etc. How’s that for perspective?
It’s no wonder there are fights and people getting trampled every year! By the time you get to the store you are already at your breaking point!
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All that being said, I know most of you are probably going shopping. As ridiculous as it can be sometimes, it’s also exhilarating so I am here to give you some advice on how to survive this chaotic event.
1. Write down what you are shopping for and where you plan to get it.
When I was a kid my favorite thing to do after all of our extended family left was to sit down and look through all of the newspaper ads and make a list of everything I wanted. This has changed a little bit for me over the years. Thanksgiving is now hosted at our house so I call a family member and ask them to bring a paper with them (because no one gets the paper delivered anymore and looking online just isn’t the same). There is a time and a place for apps and this is not it for me! Also, my list has went from Barbie and Pound Puppies to KitchenAid and Dyson 🙁
2. Have a clear plan for your day mapped out.
Take your list of stores and items and make a note of opening hours and any items that are door busters. Obviously, those will need to be your first stops! After that, prioritize by importance of items on the list. Take your ads with you so there is no confusion if something doesn’t ring up properly. Also, know their price match policy in case you can get your other items at one place and make one less stop!
3. Budget for the items you plan to purchase (and stick to it).
It is such a great feeling when you leave home with the intentions of getting everything on your list and being done with your Christmas shopping! Then you see things that you wanted or needed or just impulse buys for no reason. All of a sudden, you have spent a couple hundred more than you planned and the great feeling has turned into guilt and anxiety. If it hasn’t yet, it probably will when the credit card statement comes. Unfortunately, I speak from experience!
4. Wear comfortable shoes.
Speaking from experience on this too! This is not the day to make a fashion statement. Wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothing. If you are one of those people that are comfortable wearing jogging pants in public this would be the day for it!
5. Mobile order your Starbucks and run in instead of wasting time in a drive-thru.
You are going to need that caffeine to get through this! Especially if you started Thanksgiving evening and plan to make it to the 6:00 am door buster deals! It’s also a good idea to bring some snacks from home to get you through in case breakfast or lunch is not a priority.
6. Don’t take this too seriously! This is an actual survival tip!
These deals will most likely be online Monday morning. If not, check back the next week! This is a marketing gimmick and as fun as it can be, it can also be dangerous. 2 people were shot in a Wal-Mart parking lot in 2012 over a parking space! Someone was pepper sprayed over an Xbox in 2011. That same year a man was trampled inside of Target and later died at the hospital. A woman was trampled to death in a Wal-Mart in 2008.
This day is quickly becoming consumerism at it’s worst.
Keep everything in perspective.
A toy will be back in stock even if it costs you a little more later on.
If someone looks like they will not let go of an item, give it up!
If someone wants the parking space, give it to them and walk a little further!
For a lack of having a more politically correct way to put this…people can be crazy these days!
It ain’t worth your life no matter what the present is!