Black Friday is one of the most chaotic shopping days of the year. The stories of Black Friday shopping sprees are the stuff of legend. From fighting over the last flat screen 4K TV set at Best Buy to throwing a fit about the last pair of Christian Louboutin heels not being in your size, we are here to offer you tips to prevent you from being the next infamous viral social media sensation. Here are our TUC 5 tips to help you have a more enjoyable Black Friday shopping experience.
5. Plan Out Your Shopping List in Advance
I can not stress enough how important it is to know what you want in advance. It is best to know what items you plan on buying in advance to prevent spending unnecessary amount of time in the store. TUC Tip: Sign up for email alerts to your favorite stores a month in advance for an early idea of upcoming Black Friday sales and plan your budget accordingly.
4. Leave the Kiddies at Home
I get it. You’re unfamiliar with the trends for popular kids toys and clothes and you figure that bringing your child/children along would make the shopping experience less stressful for yourself. While it sounds nice in theory, it is completly WRONG ! Think back to your childhood and how you saw a really cool toy on the shelf but the price wasn’t in your parent’s’ budget. Think back to how you reacted at their age and that is your answer to why shopping with your child/children is a horrible idea. Not only would you most likely be dealing with their temper tantrum, but by spending so much time trying to calm your child down, you’ll likely lose out on those deals that you sought after. TUC Tip: Buy the items that fit your budget and if you have to, lie and say that the stores ran out of what your child/children wanted.
3. Take Advantage of the Early Bird Sales Offered before Black Friday
In today’s internet era, the mystique of Black Friday is slowly becoming obsolete. A select number of retailers and E-commerce sites now offer week long Black Friday deals. This could be greatly beneficial if you hate dealing with long lines and crowded spaces.
2. Shop Exclusively Online
Many in-store deals are also available online, so if long lines aren’t your thing, then shopping from the comfort of your own home just might be your best bet and if your kids are present with you, you can pick out items together for your online shopping cart without dealing with the hassles of in-store temper tantrums and messy shelves.
1. Use Gift Cards to Get Even Less Off Your Purchases
What’s better than a great deal ? An even GREATER deal thanks to gift cards from some of your favorite retail and e-commerce stores. Gift Cards are the icing on the cake for a successful Black Friday shopping experience. Some gift cards even allow you to receive reward points that can be used for future purchases down the line. What’s better than that ?
We hope you enjoyed our tips for a better Black Friday shopping experience. What are some tips that you’ll implement this season ? Let us know in the comments below.