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Some good friends of mine were watching the news two years ago during a feature on Black Friday shoppers. They were commenting to each other “who in their right mind does that!?” When who splashes across the screen cheering and laughing and waving to cameras? Me. It was a proud moment. My sister and I were some of the first through the doors at Target, I was jumping with happy excitement, she was doing high kicks for the camera. It was fun.
A lot of people despise the whole idea of Black Friday (my husband is in this category). My family and I happen to love it. It is a way to stretch your dollar. We strategize, plan, and really get into it. Often we each make our lists and then assign one adult to each store, then we meet and exchange purchases. It’s our very own running of the bulls if you will and we are veterans of the sport. During the past few years however, even the die hards like us feel it is becoming tainted. Two things kinda take the fun out of it for me: early openings, on Thanksgiving, and I do not like the greediness aspect of it all. So, this year I decided to share some secrets and give you my Top 10 Survival Guide tips. enjoy and be careful out there!
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10. If you can buy it online, buy it online.
9. Go in pairs. One of you saves a place in the check out line, the other gets the stuff. The check out lines are the most time consuming part of Black Friday. Grab it, buy it, and move on!
8. Prioritize your shopping. Scour the ads if you have to, but be ready.
7. Remember your neighbor and teacher gifts. Neighbors, if you are reading this, yes I buy your gifts on Black Friday every. year. (But you already knew I like a bargain!)
6. Plan beyond Christmas morning. I buy all the pants my kids will need for an entire year. I also buy 20 or so birthday gifts– it’s fun to show up to a party with a $20 gift that actually cost $6 and I didn’t have to run to the store to get!
5. Bring your own shopping bag. Carts are time consuming and cumbersome. It’s about time people! Big blue IKEA bags are my personal favorite.
4. Remember the rebates! Mail in your rebates the SAME day so you don’t forget! Also, usually you can not receive more than one rebate per receipt, per household. So, if you have to buy two of the same rebated item make sure it’s on a separate receipt and you have another address that it can be mailed to.
3. If there is something you really need go to the store the day before and scout it out. One year I was in charge of Kohls, with seven peoples shopping lists. My sister and I went on Wednesday night and made a map. Ha! Besides getting everything we needed, we could help other shoppers too!
2. Do you really need/want it? I mean, really? If you don’t, don’t grab it. If you are saving $10 go home and get some sleep… if you’re saving $1000 I’ll save you a place in line friend.
1. Play nice. Be kind to the fellow shoppers and be kind to the employees! Pushing, shouting, stealing from carts or being rude to store employees will get you a first class ticket to the naughty list. Stay calm and shop on.