Black Friday is coming up in just a few days, and it’s the perfect time to take advantage of sales and finish (or start!) your Christmas shopping. It’s also the perfect time to get great deals on products you’ve had your eye on to buy for yourself.
The Friday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is well known for being the ultimate day for shopping, bringing with it all the best deals just in time for the holidays. We have a guide for conquering Black Friday and getting the most out of the day of deals – use these last few days before Black Friday arrives to prep yourself!
Ways to prepare for Black Friday 2019
Have a list of specific items you’re interested in buying
Before you go out shopping on Black Friday, make sure you have a list of certain things you would like to buy. This will keep you from overspending or making too many impulse buys. This will also come in handy when determining your budget and what stores you’d like to do your shopping at.
Make a budget
Review your finances before Black Friday shopping so you have an idea of how much you can afford to spend. The deals will be endless and impressive – but deal after deal and purchase after purchase will start to add up. Estimate the total costs of things you have on your list so you know what you’re getting yourself into. Save a portion of your budget for impulse buys, things that you splurge on that you didn’t go out looking for.
Check for ads and sales – everywhere
Keep an eye out for advertisements and take pictures, screenshots, or keep physical copies so you know what stores and shops will have the best deals for your shopping list. Check out social media and websites of your favorite stores in the weeks and days leading up to Black Friday in case you want to treat yourself!
Have a schedule in mind
When you have your list of things to buy and know what stores you’d like to visit on Black Friday, start looking up the hours of the stores you’ll be going to. Some stores start their sales Thursday night, meaning you can spend all evening on Thursday getting some of your shopping taken care of. Other stores may not open until Friday, so it’s important to know what stores you can go to on Thursday and what stores you’ll need to wait on. Also be aware of closing times!
Dress comfortably and be prepared to do some waiting
Check the weather in advance and on the day of. November can get pretty cold and even snowy or icy, so dress accordingly! Additionally, keep in mind that Black Friday usually hosts some long lines and a lot of walking. It will probably be a long day, and we can promise you’ll want to at least wear your most comfortable shoes.