Black Friday. Though the origins of the name are up for debate, there can be little doubt that for many shoppers, the name has come to mean something quite specific. Unfortunately, it’s a fitting description of the shopping experience one can expect — dark and foreboding. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
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If you plan on going shopping this Black Friday, you can greatly improve your experience by taking some simple yet effective steps. And to be honest, you might need all of the help that you can get. The Black Friday phenomenon seems to get worse every year, so we encourage you to be prepared! To save time and money, and for your own peace of mind, follow these steps in our Black Friday Survival Guide:
If you want to spare yourself the stress and anxiety of shopping on Black Friday, there is no simpler or more effective solution than doing your shopping online. Whether you do your shopping sitting on your couch with a tablet in your lap or at your desktop computer on your lunch break at work, there is practically no limit to your purchasing power online. With sites like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy carrying all manner of goods, new and old, you are sure to find what you’re looking for.
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For those individuals who simply have to do their shopping in person, we highly recommend that you go fully prepared. This includes:
- Have a Game Plan: To make the most of the limited time that you have on Black Friday, make sure that you have a game plan. Whether this means that you go in search of specific items or that you make an itinerary for yourself, it will help your day be a successful one.
- Go for the Deals: The whole point of shopping on the day after Thanksgiving is taking advantage of the sales. After all, if you’re not taking advantage of the many discounts available on Black Friday, you can simply do your shopping on another day. Be sure to have your Black Friday coupons in hand before heading out the door!
- Stay Focused: Indecisiveness on Black Friday can ruin your whole day. Know what you want, know where you can get it, and stay focused on the goal. Black Friday is like a sporting event: exhausting but worth it for that sweet taste of victory!
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Don’t stress yourself out on Black Friday. Prepare yourself ahead of time and you’ll have a much more enjoyable — and successful — day.
Tune Out Distractions
The distractions on Black Friday are many. From noisy shoppers to little children to store fronts pedaling products that you don’t want or need, there are any number of things that can distract you from the task at hand. Tune them out and you’ll have a much more enjoyable experience. Bring your ear buds and listen to music. Play games on your smart phone while you’re in line. Call a loved one while you’re browsing the stores. By keeping yourself occupied, you can avoid the annoyances.
Breathe and Stay Calm!
This one is worth reiterating: Black Friday can be cause for a great deal of stress and anxiety. Remember to breathe and stay calm. Keeping a level head will allow you to go about your day stress-free and will help you focus as well. Staying focused, and maintaining a cool and collected attitude throughout, can help you survive what otherwise may be a nightmare of a day!
Limit Your Spending
The joys of shopping for your loved ones can quickly be sapped when you look at your credit card or checking account balance at the end of the day. Remember, the holiday season is a season of giving – thoughtful gifts are much better than gifts that are simply expensive. Set a limit that you’re comfortable with and stick with it. This will make the entire season more enjoyable, as you won’t have to stress or worry about how you’re going to pay for all of the gifts that you’ve purchased.
Jessica Oaks is a freelance journalist who loves covering technology news and the ways that technology can make life easier. Follow her on Twitter @TechyJessy.
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