November 19, 2010

Black Friday countdown: 1 week.

One week people. We have one week until the day is here! With Black Friday upon us, I would like to take a moment to offer a few of my best tips for Black Friday success. Over the past 17ish years, I have learned that by following a few key rules, you can get the most out of your shopping experience. Since this is a blog focused on good deals, I'm offering these tips free of charge. You're welcome.

1. Make a battle plan.
   -If you are going to skip a rule, don't choose this one, it's far too important.
   Your plan should include a detailed list of which stores you want to visit, what you want to buy at those stores, and the time they open (very important). This will ensure that your sanity will remain intact despite the chaos that is happening around you.

2. Dress comfortably.
-This is not the time for a fashion show people. The last thing you want when running through the isles of Target at 4:00am is for your thigh high black boots to slow you down while you're trying to adjust your mini sweater dress. Wear layers and comfy shoes.

3. Look for extra discounts.
-A lot of stores offer giftcards for spending a certain amount of money. Make sure you have an idea of your total so you don't miss out on more great deals. Also, buy the Thanksgiving Day newspaper and look for coupons placed throughout the paper and in the ads.

4. Take a Thanksgiving Day nap.
-The last thing you need on Black Friday is exhaustion due to waking up in the middle of the deepest stage of your REM cycle. Take a short nap/rest during the day or early evening.
*Just make sure you are awake to watch this guy host the CNN Heroes Special.
My hero, hosting a show about heroes. Love. 

5. Bring coffee/tea/water and snacks.
-Don't think of this day as a shopping trip. It's a marathon people, which requires fuel. Plus, you don't want to waste time stopping for food when there are bargains to be had. 

If you are still unsure about the whole Black Friday thing. You could always peruse online deals. But I suggest you get out there and shop in person!

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