As you all know, this Thursday is Thanksgiving, but for many people that is NOT the highlight of the week. For in the wee hours of Friday morning (or even the late hours of Thursday night) thousands will be lining up for Black Friday sales. To help you out in your shopping adventures, we turned to the TN team and Facebook to give you some tips on how to survive Black Friday while getting the best deals.
- Get a head start by shopping Thanksgiving Day instead of Black Friday. You can find a list of store opening times here. (The TN Team does not guarantee accuracy of said store hours).
- Watch “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” for a purely factual account of the behind-the-scenes happenings.
- Have a plan. Lay out all of the sale ads on Thanksgiving and figure out where you want to go and in what order. Go to the stores that open earliest first and to stores where things might sell out quickly.
- Map out stores ahead of time so you know where everything is.
- Bring a friend and use him/her strategically. You can split up the store, guard carts, save places in line...be creative.
- Bring a snack to keep up the energy and avoid food court lines.
- Avoid dressing room lines by buying multiple sizes and returning the ones that don’t fit, or dress in layers and try sweaters and other items on over tank tops.
- Wear steel-toed boots; people can get crazy.
- Perfect the art of hip-checking and have no mercy.
- Bring a fanny pack to keep all of your Black Friday essentials: coupons, ads, a whistle, pepper spray, etc.
And, of course, if you're not a Black Friday shopper:
- Stay home, sleep in, eat leftovers, and wait to shop online in your pajamas on Cyber Monday.
Do you have any tips for Black Friday shopping? Tell us in the comments!