Black Friday Survival Guide

After Thanksgiving comes to a close and you've finished your last slice of pie, the time comes for you to put on a pair of yoga pants, tie your hair back and strap on your fanny pack because the chaos is about to begin. Black Friday can be a stressful situation if you're one who navigates the large crowds at Walmart, but if you go into it with a game plan then you're sure to leave with something, even if it’s only a fun memory of midnight shopping with your best friends. These are the tips that I've acquired after many unsuccessful Black Fridays.

Know what you’re looking for

It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the sales displayed throughout the mall, but if you go into it with an idea of what you want to purchase, then it'll be an easier mission. Start by evaluating what you might need or want, and if there's anything that you've been hoping to purchase that's on the pricier side, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you to do that. Making a list to help gather your thoughts can also be useful.

Many stores provide information for what will be on sale and some even have diagrams for their store setup. If you're planning to buy more than just a few pairs of shoes and are looking to catch a great deal, then The Black Friday can help. It features all of the sales and deals available to you in your area at almost any store you can think of.

Know where you’re going

Once you've decided what you want to purchase, then you can decide the order in which you'll tackle the places that sell those items. Department stores, like Walmart and Target, are always busy so plan to go there first if you know that you want to shop at these stores. After you've decided the list of all of the stores that you want to shop, place them in an order of importance based on available deals, size of crowds and location. This way you can shop for your most important items at the best places before things get too out of hand and products go out of stock.

Know who you’re going with

Black Friday shopping can be a bit difficult, so it's good to form a squad of friends or family who are willing to take on the challenge with you. Once you've decided who you'll be shopping with, be sure to inform them of your game plan so you can alter it to fit everyone’s hopes for the night. In the hours leading up to the midnight shopping spree, you can all come together, get prepared and get ready to shop!

These tips are sure to help you on your journey to surviving the crowds so that you can shop for what you need at a cheaper price! Good luck Black Friday shoppers!

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