Okay, we’re less than 36 hours away from go time. Only one stop in turkey-ville left before it’s off to hit as many stores as you can possibly get to in one day. Here are a few major tricks to making your black friday a massive success.
1. Make a List. If you haven’t done this already – stop. Make a list of everyone you’re buying for this Christmas. This step will save you from entering the “how many aunts do I have again?” phase. Put the big item or must-get-this people at the top of your list so you don’t get caught with 40 scarves and no Wii for little Freddy! Also, if you have a Christmas get-together early in December, you may want to think about getting those items early on as well.
2. Get one of those coupon holder books or a binder. This can hold your main shopping list, store circulars, coupons, kid sweater sizes, all the info you’ll need. If you get a binder and are into the whole hyper-organizational thing, you could put tabs in and alphabetize. Whatever floats your boat.
3. Research. Compare circular ads with online ads and find out if stores will price match. You might also make yourself a list of store hours. This can save you hours and may even allow you to “sleep in” until 6 or 7am. Unless you’re like me, that is, and just get out to watch the crazies!
4. Strategize. Once you are armed with knowledge, map out your strategy. If there is something you MUST have, place that at the top of your agenda and then map things out around that. My advice: if the doorbuster deal isn’t crucial, skip it and go get coffee (or head to the other things on your list)!
5. Buy Local. Buy Handmade. My favorite gifts have often been really cool artisan pieces or things that only come from a certain city/region. Plus, you’re giving the local economy a big boost. And you’re helping take care of a starving artist (like me)!
6. Finally, Relax. I swear to you that it will not be the end of the world if you miss out on that mega-super-early bird-special. Have fun and laugh at the crowds if you must. Remember what Mrs. Reeves taught you in pre-school: Don’t shove or cut. It only makes people want to hurt you. Go ahead and spread a little Christmas cheer while you’re out there.