Black Friday Shopping Do’s and Don’ts

We’re just a few weeks away from one of America’s biggest shopping days, Black Friday. You know, the day after Thanksgiving! Every year people strategically plan their shopping trip and purchases based on early released ads and detailed Christmas lists. It’s fun and sometimes you can definitely score some amazing deals! In the spirit of shopping and fun, here are a few Black Friday Shopping Do’s and Don’ts.

DO enjoy your shopping experience! The holidays can bring out the best and worst in some people, so don’t let any Scrooge and Grinch shoppers ruin your experience. If someone picks up the last item that you were totally eyeballing, don’t come apart or lose your cool. Chances are you’ll find it again in a week or so, for the same price or cheaper.

DON’T wear your pajamas and head scarves to the mall, Wal-Mart or Target. Please, for the love of God, wear everyday clothes. Ha! If you are pressed for time because of Thanksgiving cooking, lay your outfit out the day before or sleep in what you plan to wear to the mall. Sales associates will not take you seriously if you’re dressed for bed.

DO ask a friend or relative to join you. I enjoy shopping alone. I can think clearly and I’m not influenced by someone else’s purchases. You may feel the same, but it’s so very dangerous to shop alone at 1 a.m.  People are already aware that you are either carrying cash or a credit card because you’re obviously out shopping.

DON’T spend your bill money on unnecessary items. I get it, it’s an unbelievable sale. However, the mortgage or a utility bill is so much more important than your mall purchase. Trust me, it will be on sale again and before Christmas.

DO check the sales ad from competitor stores. Target is by far my absolute favorite store, but if I’m trying to save a few dollars I’m going to check their competitor’s ad’s as well. When it comes to saving your family’s money, loyalty to a merchant is a no-no. You can also use apps such as Flipp to check multiple stores at one time. Check out this previous post for a fast and easy tutorial on how you can use Flipp.

DON’T fall prey to every warranty. If you take your time and read the fine print on some warranties you will probably find that it’s best to just skip buying them. Many warranties for electronics and appliances are the same calendar days as the store receipt. Skip the warranty and save your receipt.

DO shop Black Friday sales online. Not only are you avoiding long lines and bad customer service, but most times there is a larger variety and quantity of the product that you want. Prices are sometimes cheaper online versus in store and you are guaranteed to not miss out on time with your family.

Do you have any DO or DON’TS for Black Friday Shopping? Please share them in the comments below!

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