If you are planning on heading out for the Black Friday deals, you are going to want to be prepared for what is ahead. While some holiday shopping plans are obvious, others may be overlooked. Hopefully, these tips will find you better prepared to conquer the crowds and overcome the stress that can come from Black Friday shopping.
Dress For Success
- Although it goes without saying, shoes can make or break a shopping experience. This is no time to squeeze your feet into your favorite Louboutins. Instead, pull on your most comfortable shoes. If you don’t have a great comfortable pair, pick the closest pair that fits the bill. Then, carry a nice pair of house shoes with you to change into in between stores. Your feet will thank you later.
- Dress in layers. A breathable, thin, lower layer followed by a warmer (but not bulky) upper layer will allow you to stay warm in the chillier stores. While, allowing you to store the warmer layers away in your bag if you become overheated.
What’s In Your Bag?
- Water – you will need this to stay hydrated.
- Snack Bars – Having food on the go will prevent wasted time standing in line at the Food Court.
- Tissues and Wet Wipes – Trust me, the bathrooms will likely be out of TP, and the wet wipes will come in handy when there are no seat covers. I like to carry wipes that have disinfectants in them. (FYI these are great to have in your bag regardless)
- Petty Cash – you may want to grab a coffee or some other incidental that requires cash.
- Shopping List/Plan – Know what you absolutely must buy before you head out.
- Coupons/Ads – Most people remember the coupons, but don’t forget the ads that arrive in the paper. You may need it, especially if you plan to do price matching.
- Fully charged smart phone – you don’t want to chance a dead battery.
- Credit Cards and ID – Don’t leave home without them.
- Medication – if you take meds, go ahead and carry what you need with you. You may be out longer than you think. It’s better to be safe than sorry. (Don’t forget the Tylenol) 🙂
Check the Forecast
- If you plan to campout, knowing the weather is a must. Take a blanket or two to ward off the chill while you wait (or go full throttle and take a tent).
- Plan for rain. If there is even a hint of rain in the forecast, carry your umbrella. (Technically, this could be another item for your bag). Also, a rain coat, galoshes, etc., depending on your location, may be required.
Last Minute Details
- Gas up the car the day before. The last thing that you want is to have to sit in line at the filling station.
- Check the store hours. They will be different from normal, and you want to be able to plan accordingly.
- Check which stores have the best deals for your needs. If possible, take a dry run through the stores a few days in advance to get a feel for product location.
- Plan your route for the big day. Know where you need to be and what time you need to be there.
- Clean out your vehicle a day or two before. It will be a big hardship if you purchase a shopping cart full of gifts, only to find your husband never put away his golf clubs after the last visit to the golf course. 😉
- Check with the babysitter to make sure that she/he hasn’t forgotten about you.
- If you have pets that will be home alone, put food on a timer or make other arrangements. It’s easy to get overcome with holiday madness, and forget about the furballs at home.
- And finally, DON’T FORGET TO SET THE ALARM!
Did I miss anything, or do you have any special Black Friday Shopping Advice? If so, share it with everyone. And as always…. follow, like, tweet, share, pin….etc, etc. 🙂
Some images in this article are provided through Creative Commons. Images by (from top to bottom) Thomas Quine, ds4832, Melanie Cook, David Haines, N Karim, and Pieter Morlion.