All day Thursday is meant to be with your family and eating as much as possible, but we all know what we are doing that evening. If you are like me, saving money is a big deal to you; so Black Friday is the best thing ever to you. However, there are somethings that go into this shopping extravaganza. So here are a few tips so that your Black Friday experience goes as good as humanly possible.
Planning is Essential
Listen, we all know Thanksgiving is for your family, but after the first hour, hour and a half it gets boring as hell at your sweet ole Grandmothers. And like most old people, you know for a fact there is news paper near by, or by some chance there isn’t, all ads are online too. It is very important to look at the ads and make a list of things you would like to obtain. A lot of places now offer a map of their store, and where various items would be. Just running around without a plan on Black Friday can be overwhelming and make you look like a dumbass as run around the entire store. You do not have to spend the entire time mapping and planning this out while at your Thanksgiving dinner, it really only takes the minutes max.
Location, Location, Location
This ties into planning as well, but this deserves its own spot. Black Friday is truly all about who was their first and on time. With that being said, pick what is most important to you and go there first. Hit everywhere that you want to go that is near there and just hit everything in order. This will save you time, money, and gas. There is truly no sense in driving back and forth between places that are in virtually the same area.
Gather Your Crew
Black Friday is fun and frustrating, but having friends and family with you makes it so much smoother and safer. When you have a group with you it is like having miniature clones with you. You all can spread out and grab things that each of you all want and just exchange when you reconvene. Not to mention some crazy psycho is less likely attack a group.
Be Able to Roll with the Punches
This is important in keeping your sanity. Chances are, you will not get every single thing you want due to the limited quantities. Just keep calm because some other store will probably have it, as well as their online option. Sure you wanted it in hand that day, but in the end you will end the day with the item you wanted.
Dress and Pack Appropriately
For some people, such as myself, you will be out for most of the night. Dress comfortable. Wear your comfy shoes (Do not worry about the “WHAT ARE THOSE” douchebags), and something you can see your self wanting to wear for the next few hours. Another key is packing stuff that is essential. Communication is key so be sure to pack a phone charger. Some people like to pack headphones to try and drown out the noise of all the crazy people around you, I do not do that, but if you do, go for it. Final tip to packing, bring snacks. I do not care how much ate all day on Thanksgiving, you will get hungry.
For the love of God, do not be an asshole. Do not be rude to the other people around you, and especially the workers. As an employee at a grocery store, nothing can make your day worse than unruly customers. Keep in mind they do not make the rules, set the prices, or decide and order the quantities of the item you are looking for. They are there for your assistance and safety, and probably would rather be somewhere else. Now for the other fellow shoppers, I do not care bad your niece wants one of those hatchimals, or whatever the kids are into these days, it is not worth throwing haymakers over, and a potential night in jail.
Thank you all for joining me on this Black Friday. Remember to stay safe and mindful on your shopping spree. Be sure to stay tuned into for more pieces from myself and the rest of the Mid America crew!