Halloween is over, the decorations are down for another year, and for months we’ve been berated with Christmas decorations in the stores as the Christmas shopping season seems to get longer and longer every year. The Toys R Us Big Toy Book has is already filled with color coded circles, the Target toy book is barely held together by a staple, and children everywhere are adding to their Christmas wish lists. While some will be sleeping the night away under a turkey induced haze, there are others of us who will be tightening our laces, filling our thermoses, and braving the cold dark night in search of the best deals of the season.
If you ask most people if they have a plan for the zombie apocalypse, the answer will be yes. Often times, the biggest shopping day of the year resembles a shambling zombie hoard, and it’s equally important to have a plan of survival. Are you ready for Black Friday?
Ads leak every year long before the day arrives, and with a little planning and a cemented budget, you can make in and out a breeze with these great tips:
- Look at sites like Blackfriday.com to find out which stores have the things on your list as well as door busters.
- Make sure you pay attention to door buster times, because many stores have different door busters at different times.
- Take water, dehydration can make your Black Friday shopping trip end in misery.
- Fill a thermos, unless you plan on hitting that $5 cup of coffee more than once.
- Take a buddy. You never know if the crowd you’re in is the one that’s going to bum rush, and people have been known to lose their lives. Don’t go alone.
- Have a plan. Map out your trip before you leave.
- Have an attitude adjustment. I can’t tell you how many people refuse to go Black Friday shopping because there are too many crabby people. My group and I wear our Santa hats and create a fun environment the spreads through the line. Sing songs, make jokes, and laugh a lot.
- Share ideas. If you’ve already been to a store and they are out of something, tell people in line at the next store. You never know who will be thankful because they don’t have to waste time.
- Set a budget!
- Have a strategy. If a store doesn’t have what you want as a time restricted door buster, try going two hours after it opens. More and more stores are jumping on the midnight bandwagon. My group doesn’t meet until 3am unless there is a specific door buster we need, and the crowds have already gone through. We can make it in and out of Toys R Us in 24 minutes from start to paying at 3am with four of us shopping because we don’t try to hit the door busters.
- Don’t forget to eat. I can’t tell you how many people I see having a miserable time because they are trying to maneuver through a store full of people in mid blood sugar crash.
- Don’t get in a fight over a materialistic item. It doesn’t make you a good person.
- Be mindful of elderly people who might need extra time and space.
- Get a baby sitter. No one wants to be stuck in a store with your screaming angry toddler.
- Most of all, have fun. What is the point in going if you can’t enjoy the time spent with good friends?
It’s time to get your list in order. Are you ready?