A long, long time ago, the Native Americans and the Pilgrims sat down together to share a meal in the food court of the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ, and then fought tooth and nail through hoards of people to get the last Ann Taylor loin cloth, on sale, that day only, for 50 percent off.
Oh wait, that’s not right… But alas, it’s Thanksgiving time, which means lots of food, football, giving thanks, and getting your wallets and running shoes out because it’s time to hit the mall for Black Friday. (Personally, we prefer Cyber Monday, but we will regale you with all of those benefits later.)
You already know how to cook a turkey, handle your family, and how to deal with leftovers, so we’re not here to offer you Thanksgiving Day survival tips, but Black Friday survival tips, because…it’s a jungle out there.
- Start by getting enough sleep the night before. You’re going to need the energy to battle the mobs.
- If you’re one of the hardcore shoppers who plans on being the first online, and you don’t live in the warmer climates, be ready for a long wait in the cold. Dress appropriately—mittens (or gloves if you prefer use of all of your fingers), hats, scarves, and, of course, a coat. Have a thermos? Bring along some tea, hot chocolate, or coffee. (Or whiskey, why not make it a party?).
- To get to the store, first you have to park. The parking lots will be just as hectic as the stores themselves. Drive slowly and be alert. A quarter of parking lot accidents occur while backing out of spots, so be extra cautious when you’re leaving.
- Once you’re inside the store, know what you’re looking for so you can get in and get out. Have a list. Make sure you know all the stores that are having the sales you want to hit and the items you want to get. While the savings may be great, it’s really not the best time to browse.
- Lastly, be patient and nice to your fellow shoppers. Sure, you may get irritated, but you’re only going to make yourself more upset if you bicker. Plus, it’s just nicer to be nice to people. It is the holiday season, after all.
Now, go get those deals!