For some, it’s an unparalleled rush that can only come from the thrill of the hunt… for others, it ranks somewhere between taxes and root canal as least favorite endeavors to endure.
Love it or leave it, however, Black Friday can be a shopper’s delight, but it’s not for the weak-hearted. If you are heading out for this annual rite of passage, here are a few tips for a stress-free Black Friday:
Rise & Shine… which means going to sleep early the night before. Coffee and adrenaline can certainly get you going at first, but you don’t want to hit the dreaded wall, finding yourself looking – and feeling – like an extra from “The Walking Dead” in a holiday sweater.
Plan Ahead: While a carefree, throwing-caution-to-the-wind approach may seem like a spontaneous way to experience Black Friday, a little research can go a long way. Check flyers, emails, websites and whatever other resources you can tap into to create your plan of approach. Draw up a list, in order of priority, of the items you’re looking for. Also, consider mapping out your route, if you plan on hitting multiple locations throughout your area.
Eat, Drink, Be Comfy: You’re heading into an abyss in where there is no food and no water. Okay, not really, but it can be cramped, crowded, hot and dry within the masses upon masses of people, so do your body good and keep it fed and happily hydrated. Also, consider having some granola bars, bottled water and any other emergency rations you can carry to satiate any member of your party who may be prone to “hanger”.* Layer up if you’re going to be in and out of inclement weather, so you’re not cold outside, or burning up indoors. And break out your most comfortable shoes that can keep you on your feet and maneuvering the crowds with the greatest of ease.
Give It a Break: Rather than pushing yourself, your family, or your friends, to the breaking point, be sure to take a break. This breather can be simple; nothing ornate or lavish – unless that’s your thing – but enough to give time to decompress. Simply sitting in a chair to watch the passers-by can give you the extra oomph you need to make it to the finish line!
Take It Easy: Regardless of how things turn out, just go with the flow. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, or stomping feet all around… remember, there is life after Black Friday (and nearly another month’s worth of shopping!)
Do you have any Black Friday survival tips? Share with us in the comments section.
*Hunger meeting anger in the most unpleasant of ways.