When I was a teenager, my mother and I would wake up really early on Black Friday and head to the shopping center. Back then, May Company, Robinsons and Bullocks used to open at 7:00am with great sales. All the holiday merchandise was at least 50% off and the stores had various special sales on clothing, housewares and gifts. We would buy wrapping paper, ornaments and housewares.
We would have so much fun getting our shopping done and finishing just in time for a late breakfast. There were never any incidents of violence involving shoppers.
Now things are so much different. Now you hear about people camping out the night before (Thanksgiving) to be among the first in line at stores. In fact, I heard that Walmart is starting their sale at 8:00pm on Thursday. There are still some great sales, particularly in the area of electronics, but often there are limited quantities. Add the internet sales and all that is available there and I have to tell you that I will most likely skip Black Friday.
If you do go here is my list of helpful tips:
- Make a list from the ads of things you are looking for by store.
- Prioritize that list, each store gets busier each hour so choose strategically.
- Don’t buy something unless it is on your list or is such an incredible deal that it is truly worth it.
- Wear comfortable clothes (but not pajamas).
- Black Friday is not for the faint of heart, be prepared for crowds galore and long lines.
- Take a bottle of water and snacks because the time goes by fast.
- Treat yourself to a nice breakfast or lunch afterwords. If you time it right, you will still have most of Friday free.
- If you decide to skip it, there is always Cyber Monday.
Will you be going out to the Black Friday sales?