black friday shopping

Hello my little Turkeys! It has been over a week since I have posted last and I am so sorry. I traveled last week to Florida for work, but now I am settled back at home until the end of the year. I also have been busy prepping my house for the holidays. We have been busy decorating the house for Christmas (inside and out) and it looks so cute.

As we all know it is Thanksgiving week and it is definitely one of my favorite holidays. What is better than spending time with your loved ones and family indulging in an amazing Thanksgiving meal? Well, of course that would be extending your bonding time on Black Friday in the annual pilgrimage to the mall and other big box stores! Basically, it is the most perfect combination of all my favorite things — genuinely purposeful time with the people I love, lots of yummy food and then working it off with some major retail therapy.

I love the rush of Black Friday shopping. Some people may call me crazy; but I have also worked retail at the mall on Black Friday too, so I have experienced the other end of the spectrum as well. But it is just the experience and the excitement I feel when I am scoring great deals and competing against the crowds. My family and I have developed a system over the years to have the most optimal and successful shopping experience and I wanted to share them with you to help you if you are planning to go shopping this year:

Black Friday Shopping 101

  1. Have a Gameplan: Do your research. Up until a few years ago you had to wait until Thanksgiving day to look at flyers and sales ads to know what is on sale. But now with the beauty of social media and the internet, you can view all ads a week or two in advanced to help you plan where the deals are. This will allow you to  know where you are going and what you are getting in advanced. To be really prepared you can even find out where it’s located in the store. Just be friendly and kind to the workers, you may be able and find out where your big ticket item may be located. However, if they can not share that information with you, don’t take it as a personally. They are just trying to be fair for all customers. 
  2. Plan your Budget: It is important to know your credit limits, know how much you have to spend because you can get carried away on impulse purchases (trust me there will be a lot of them). Set a spending limit and stick to it. Draw up a list of what and for whom you need to buy and when/where you’ll shop. If you plan on purchasing a large amount or a big ticket item, calling your credit card company ahead of time to warn them is a good idea. That way they do not flag your account, leading to you might not being able to buy anything else that day. Before leaving the store or even the register, check your receipt to make sure all your items came up for the price advertised. Double checking this in advance will save you from the headache of returning to the store to wait in another line for a refund. 
  3. Go Team Go: The best way to go shopping on Black Friday is with a group of people. Dividing and conquering the masses is the best way to do this. If you have someone who is not crazy about going and getting the items, have them be the person standing in line for you, holding the spot in line.  Everyone should know what they are doing and what they are getting in every store. Everyone should have a cell phone that they can use to contact people within the group. Also, there is safety in numbers. 
  4. Watch your purse/wallet: Place your wallets in your front pant pocket or have a zippered purse that is crossbody bag; this will keep both your hands free to grab all the deals. It will also reduce your chance of getting pick-pocketed, sadly there are people out there who will be shady. Just make sure you hold on to your personal belongings and the stuff you intend to purchase with a tight grasp. 
  5. No Children: This really is not the time or place to hull your kids around so just leave your children at home. Not only will they slow you down, but they could be kidnapped in a crowded environment. Just do yourself a favor and plan for a babysitter or family member to watch your children or else you and your child both will just be miserable. 
  6. Coupons and Rewards: Clip coupons to save more money. A lot of stores like Kohl’s offer cash back rewards for spending a certain amounts. Other stores give a free gift if you spend enough. Some stores offer deals through social media too. WalMart is offering a price match guarantee this year if you bring another store’s ad and show them. Know where you can get more bang for your buck at.  
  7. Be Kind to the Workers: Please thank the workers and be kind to them. Times are hard, jobs are slim (otherwise they probably prefer to be working elsewhere), they are away from their families and have a hard job to do this weekend in the chaos. So just be nice to them, it is probably refreshing for them and chances are they probably have not slept much….
  8. Dont be a Jerk: You will have to to wait in line, so just be kind to others, say please and thank you, and wait your turn. If you are impatient, this probably is not the environment for you to be in. Just let it go, many customers might be stressed by crowded stores. Although you may really want that item, it might be worth it to just let it go instead of having an incident with another customer. If you can’t do that then…
  9. Stay at Home: No one is making you go out and take on the masses. Just don’t go if you can not handle it. If you stay at home, there aren’t crazy people trying to run you over for the latest fad, best deal, or because you just didn’t move fast enough. Besides, Cyber Monday is just a few days away, buy it online and have it shipped to your home instead! 
  10. Just have Fun: This is not the time to be serious, so enjoy yourself. Life is too short not to enjoy crazy experiences. And let me tell you, Black Friday Shopping is definitely a crazy experience to have. So with that being said, spend some monday, save some money, work off that Thanksgiving meal with power walking and have fun with your loved ones. It is the most wonderful time of the year. Make someone smile today! ❤ N
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