Planning to shop on Black Friday?
So you’ve decided to brave the storm of Black Friday?! Before heading out this Black Friday 2018, be sure to check out our list of EIGHT common mistakes to avoid at ALL cost!
1. DON’T wear uncomfortable clothes.
Yes, that dress and those heels were adorable during your Thanksgiving get together, but no one is checking your outfit come Black Friday. Instead, swap out your party attire for cute and comfy leisurewear staples like leggings and comfortable sneakers. Be mindful of layers if you plan to try on clothes, though Black Friday’s not the ideal day to spend time in fitting rooms.
2. DON’T go without a plan.
Before you step foot out the door, make sure you’ve got a game plan. Start by checking out our Black Friday Cheat Sheet and figure out what deals you’ve gotta have and what stores you’ll want to hit up. Also, write down the store hours.
Then list out the Black Friday deals with their price under the specific store, noting if it’s available elsewhere in case inventory runs out. Lastly, make a list of non-deal items to keep an eye out for if you plan on getting all of your holiday shopping covered in one fell swoop. Map out the most efficient route, and you’ve got all your bases covered!
The BEST Black Friday deals cheat sheet!
3. DON’T rely on a coffee shop.
Don’t leave the house without eating breakfast and drinking coffee (and bring a few snacks for later)! Every other shopper venturing out on Black Friday will likely be visiting a coffee shop, too. All this does is creates long waits to get your energy fix and cuts into your precious shopping time.
As a bonus, you can buy some extra stocking stuffers with that coffee money you saved. Oh, and remember to pack lots of snacks for later as shopping burns lots of calories!
4. DON’T forget to make a spending plan.
A spending plan is an absolute necessity. Some people like to bring a set amount of cash to keep spending under control. But if you carry too much cash, you might just be more susceptible to thieves. On the other hand, if you don’t bring enough, you could miss out on the deals you really wanted to purchase.
The cash-only method also overlooks store card discounts or credit card cash back, which can really add up! An alternative would be to use a debit card with a set amount of money available and work in store/credit cards as you see fit.
Follow along with your original game plan to avoid overspending.
5. DON’T bring the kids!
Kids + high-stress environment = well… you do the math. If you can find a sitter or sweet talk your loved ones to watch over the kiddos while you’re cruising the aisles, your sanity will thank you later. Plus, if your kids are like mine, they’ll want to stay at home in their cozy jammies anyway!
6. DON’T be rude.
This should go without saying, but trying to complain to a store associate to get your way will get you nowhere. They’re not working because they love the throngs of excited shoppers; they’re probably the newer employees who don’t have the seniority to request the day off. Make their morning (and yours!) better with kindness and a smile. They might even open another register or check the backroom stock if you’re nice enough!
And, if you’re wanting to make a friend or stranger smile on Black Friday, consider these random act of kindness!
7. DON’T buy because of “the deal.”
When approaching a sale, ALWAYS ask yourself, “would I pay for this if it were actually the retail price?” Retailers can bump up the original price to make savings seem more significant. For big-ticket items, like TVs and computers, do your research to make sure it’s right for you.
The models promoted with huge discounts may appear as top-rated products, but if you check the model numbers they’re not the same. Black Friday offerings are typically watered down versions and lack some of the features that give high-quality products their value.
10 things NOT to buy on Black Friday
8. DON’T rush your Thanksgiving.
This time of year is about being around the ones you love, so why would you want to rush that? Make sure your plans include enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner AND dessert, along with plenty of rest. No doorbuster deal is worth missing out on precious moments shared with your loved ones.
These stores will be closed Thanksgiving Day 2018!
…and if you want to avoid the craziness all together, just stay home and shop on Cyber Monday!
No matter how you go about your shopping, remember to smile, make memories, and score the right buys that work for your loves ones AND your budget!