Sunday, November 23, 2014

8 Tips to Game Plan a Great Black Friday!

1. Do your homework!
Look through the ads, make a list of items you want to buy and make a road map of what stores to hit and in what order. Mark down what time each store opens! Make sure you also have all of your store coupons, credit cards, etc.. for more savings!

2. Fuel up! Literally!
Don't leave the house without fueling your body with some energy! Grab a protein bar and bottled water to eat if you're really in a hurry.  Put some mixed nuts and some other snacks in your purse to tide you over until lunch time.  Fuel up your car too! Don't want to waste time having to stop to get gas, someone else will be getting your bargains!

3. Dress for the day!
No stilettos or flip flops on Black Friday, get out your running shoes. If you plan to try some clothes on, wear some easy on/easy off clothing.  Layering is always good, but nothing bulky! Wear something you can tie around your waist if you get too warm.

4. Be hands free!  All you really need is your wallet, coupons, phone, and snacks! Don't bog yourself down with your handbag that can hold your miniature dog, leave that at home! Wear a cross body bag to so that your hands can shop. Also, don't bring the little ones, they will slow you down. Call in that babysitting favor, you'll have a better experience!

5. Tag team it!
Lines can be super long at these stores, bring a buddy along to hold your place in line while you go after your bargains. You guys can trade places later so he/she can shop too. This keeps you moving along the line while getting the stuff you want! Parking can sometimes be a problem too, have your line buddy drop you off and start shopping while they find a spot. Of course, courtesy calls for you to grab something for them off of their list too! 

6.  No carts or shopping bags left? No problem!
Quickly go to the luggage section and grab a duffel bag.  Boom, go shop!  You don't have to buy it, you're just using it while in the store!

7. Bring the store ad!
Why?  If you're not familiar with the store, find an employee, show them the item and ask them to point you in the right direction.  Also, many stores will price match, why travel to another store? If you have a Target red card, they price match and you get an extra 10% off (used to anyway, hope they still do)!  Extra bonus!  Have the ad ready to show the cashier at checkout! 

8. Use your device! 
If you're travelling a bit to your favorite store, use an app to check traffic.  Find an alternate route if necessary.  Follow social media as there may be additional giveaways or bargains mentioned for Black Friday.  Don't forget to back your spare battery or charger! And if you don't enjoy the rush and chaos of Black Friday, hey, turn on your computer and shop online in the comfort and peace of your home! 

I hope my tips help you have a great Black Friday experience!!! Leave your tips in the comments below!
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