If you want to make it into the crowds and the craziness, take a look at these great hacks to survive Black Friday shopping.
It’s almost that time of the year when we let our consumerist and extremely capitalist soul come out and take over us, and we spend all our money on things that we probably don’t need but are so cheap that we can’t miss the opportunity of a great deal. In other words, it’s almost Black Friday, people! All the stores and brands have been preparing their best sales to lure us into their webs, and honestly, I couldn’t be more excited. I know I started in a quite cynical way, but if you don’t let that strange spirit take over your mind and soul, this can actually be a great opportunity to get stuff you need or have always wanted without paying full price. We know that this is the most chaotic time of the year to shop, and most people can be discouraged to even attempt buying something, but there are some hacks and tricks to get things from your shopping list without having to lose an arm trying.
Make a list of the stuff you want
This is the golden rule for Black Friday. Make a list of the stuff you want before you go shopping, so that you know for sure what to look for and you can really get your hands on those things. The stuff with the best discounts tends to go faster, so it’s best to go with a focused mind. I’d also add some alternatives, in case you miss anything.
Research every store's deals beforehand
Once you have your shopping list, it’s advisable to track the price of each thing in different places to see what’s the best offer. This is so that you know exactly where to go. Now, if you’re buying different things and the sales differ from store to store, I strongly advise you to make a total of everything and see where you’re going to spend the least amount of money. It’s best to get everything in one place, so you don’t risk not finding anything. Also, you should really bring screenshots or photographs of the offers you find, so you can validate them in case the store doesn't want to accept them.
Be willing to endure long lines and crazy people
That’s a given, great discounts come with a price, and that price is having to go through living hell to get the best deals. That includes, naturally, very long lines (even spending the night outside the store to get a good chance of taking the good stuff before they run out) and really crazy people getting violent over an Xbox or a television set. It’s going to be unpleasant, but it’s what we have to pay when we want cheap stuff, isn’t it?
If you’re going with your family, plan your trip to the mall.
One great piece of advice, if you want stuff from different places, is planning everything you're doing with your family in advance. You know the saying “divide and conquer”? Well, that’s exactly what you should do. Also, planning everything is great for safety reasons. And please, avoid taking children to your Black Friday shopping spree, but also set specific meeting points in case communication is broken.
Make a trip to the stores some days before Black Friday to spot where everything is
If you already know what you want and where’s the best place to get it, it’s a good idea to visit the store a couple of days before Black Friday, so you get familiarized with the store and more or less where the stuff you want is going to be displayed.
Check if your product is discounted online
A great idea and an amazing gift of technology is that you can buy literally anything online. Though it’s true that some places have better offers at their physical stores, sometimes that’s not the case and the price is the same. Moreover, in some cases, online prices are even better and you won’t have to experience that hell to get amazing stuff. Of course, it might take a while for it to be delivered, but hey, it’s a price I’m willing to pay.
Check your finances before buying
Yes, please! These offers and sales might sound really appealing and hard to refuse, but before doing something crazy, please see if you’re in a good position to spend that money. This is one of the most common mistakes and one that can bring so much stress and even serious problems in the future.
Take care of yourself
No matter how great things look, if you think this is something that can put yourself and family at risk, please consider if this is worth it. It’s a matter of taking care of your physical and mental health, since these events can be really exhausting and stressful for the mind and body.
Don’t be a jerk
Just don’t! No television, phone, or video game console is an excuse to become a crazy monster. Just one person getting all crazy means others will follow, and honestly, it’s really embarrassing for humanity to see people behave like that all for material stuff. Relax, it’s not the end of the world, if you don’t get something. Don’t push, don’t yell, and don’t hit others for a random object. We’re supposed to live in a civilization.
Ask yourself if you really need to buy these things
Best advice of all: really think about whether you need to buy this stuff. To be honest, Black Friday can be a lot to handle, so it’s important to ask yourself if it’s really worth it. I mean, do you really need that new sound system? Probably not!
As you can see there are many ways to make of your Black Friday shopping spree a more organized and less chaotic experience, but there are also other facts worth considering before rushing with your folding chairs to sleep outside the mall.
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