6 Ways To Survive Black Friday ShoppingIn this guide, we are going to give you 6 practical ways to survive Black Friday shopping, because believe it or not, you can realistically have an enjoyable Christmas shopping experience and actually enjoy the holiday season without a fight.
Although Christmas is supposed to be a time to be giving and caring,
there is one element about Christmas that seems to throw all of that
out of the window….and that’s Black Friday.
Black Friday, the sale day after Thanksgiving that’s known to have
incredibly low prices on usually high priced items. It’s also the day
that’s known to have lines and lines of people in parking lots around
the corner and up the block, waiting for the magic moment when the
stores open their doors.
More notorious than that, it’s the day that’s known for having mobs
and mobs of anxious people running, jumping, and fighting over this
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merchandise. It’s to the point where nowadays there are people that
die every year from stampedes of crowds running to be first to take
advantage of the hottest deals. Care and concern for human life seems
to be at an all time low during Black Friday, and every year seems to get
worse and worse.
In this guide, we are going to give you 6 practical ways to survive Black
Friday shopping, because believe it or not, you can realistically have an
enjoyable Christmas shopping experience and actually enjoy the
holiday season without a fight.
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1. Wait Until Later On
I know that the stores try to entice you with the 95 inch HDTV for $20
(ok, maybe not that extreme), but I guarantee there will be tons of
deals still left after the lynch mobs are gone. Christmas sales will go on
all through December, remember that.
If you want to take a chance at 2 in the morning with the Black Friday
mobs, take your chance, but just know that people dying on Black
Friday is not a rarity anymore, it’s now common. It’s best to wait until
later on in the day when all the hype has died down, and people have
turned back into people again and not raving maniacs.
Don’t fall for the hype, hype kills these days. Sleep in that morning and
go out later in the day, you might live longer.
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2. Get Your Shopping Done Earlier
Here’s an interesting question for you: Why wait?
Instead of being caught in long lines with frustrated shoppers, and
parking lots filled to capacity, why don’t you get your shopping out of
the way earlier than normal?
Don’t tell me because you’re waiting for Black Friday. The whole point
is to avoid Black Friday crowds altogether. I promise you that you can
find good deals without having to wait for Black Friday. You have
Amazon, eBay, and so many other outlets to find what you want and at
a good price.
Imagine laying in bed the morning of Black Friday watching tv, laughing
at everyone fighting and fussing over all this crap, while you have your
gifts tucked away in a secret spot. Sweet right?
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3. Don’t Fight Over Merchandise, Really.
Unless you have already paid for something...don’t fight anybody over
this stuff, it’s just stuff. Really, don’t fight over any of this crap, it’s just
merchandise, and it’s not worth it.
This is supposed to be the holiday season, a time of good cheer,
remember that? It’s best to avoid the Black Friday crowds altogether,
but if you find yourself in them, don’t get involved in any ridiculous
confrontations, you never know where it could go. If somebody is
acting like a jackass over a tv, laptop, tablet, or whatever, just let them
have it and walk away. Don’t YOU become an idiot too.
I promise you that if you don’t get that tv right at that moment, your
life WILL go on and you WILL be alright. The stress and the risk is just
not worth it.
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4. Leave Your Little Ones At Home
Now, if after reading this far, you are determined to still be a part of
the Black Friday riots, word to the wise, please leave your little ones at
It doesn’t make sense why anyone would want to bring their kids into
this madness, but you still see it every year. The formula is very simple,
if you don’t have someone to watch over your kids while you shop,
don’t go. Black Friday sales are the worst place to bring your little ones.
They could get lost easily among the madness because the crowds are
always astronomical, and I don’t even want to imagine any child being
caught in one of those Black Friday stampedes.
If you can’t find a sitter, you really should consider waiting either until
later on in the day, or another day. You always hear reports of people
being crushed or fighting, why would you risk your kids in that mess?
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5. Do Your Shopping Online
Hey...how about skipping Black Friday crowds altogether?
There’s this wonderful invention called the internet, and maybe you
should take advantage of it. In today’s age, internet shopping has
gotten so much better and continues to improve. The sites that we all
know have really stepped up their game, and online shopping is just as
common as in person shopping.
You can find almost anything online these days at one of possibly
1000’s of sites, in many categories. Instead of fighting for parking
spaces, and waiting in long lines, why not sit in front of your computer
in your pajamas, with your tv on, cup of hot cocoa, and credit
card/debit card ready to go? That sounds so much more peaceful,
which is what the holiday is supposed to be right?
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6. Take As Little As Possible
If you have made plans to go shopping during one of those insane Black
Friday sales, make it as easy on yourself as you possibly can. One thing
you should do is keep the things you take with you to a minimum.
The less you have, the less you have to worry about. Of course, you’re
going to have your car keys, and of course you’re going to have your
cell phone, and of course you are going to have cash, those are the
necessities. Outside of those, you shouldn’t take too much else.
Cash and credit cards you should carry in your front pocket. Wallets
and purses are big targets around the holidays, so lessen your chance of
theft. With crowds that big, there’s a huge chance you could lose
something very important to you. Keep it very basic and then you can
worry more about shopping.
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Holiday shopping shouldn’t have to be stressful. There was a time in
history when it wasn’t. With the way Black Friday sales are run today, it
almost seems sometimes like the department stores are hoping for
chaos. If you plan ahead and plan well, you can not only avoid the
madness from Black Friday crowds, you may actually have an enjoyable
holiday shopping experience, the way it should be.
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