Woodfield Twitter Woodfield Facebook

7 Ways to Prepare for Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday is on its way, which means incredibly hectic stores and streets. Whether you shop for yourself or for others on Black Friday, this day can be uber-stressful if you don’t plan it out correctly. To help you obtain the smoothest possible experience, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite ways to prepare for Black Friday shopping. From pre-shopping tips to in-store survival tricks, we’ve got what you need to get through the day.

Make a Budget

One of the most important things you can do before you go Black Friday shopping is prepare your budget for the holiday season—and then follow through with it. You don’t want to overspend for the season before it has fully begun! Make sure your budget is reasonable, and give yourself a bit of wiggle room. Nail down items that you have to have, and make sure you leave room for incidentals.

Stay Organized

If you don’t want to add more stress to your plate, then you’ll want to stay as organized as possible. Make a to-do list of the things you have to buy, and clean out your wallet and purse. Make sure you keep receipts, cards, and cash organized to avoid any identity theft. The more organized you are, the less hectic you’ll feel.

Compare Ads

If you’re out to get the best deals possible, do your research and take a look at different store ads before you head to the mall. Compare the ads and see who will give you the best deals. The sooner you familiarize yourself with this year’s ads, the more prepared you’ll be when it comes time to shop.

Figure Out Your In-Store Game Plan

When it comes to actually getting in the store, you’re going to need a total game plan. Decide which stores you’ll visit and what order you’ll visit them in. If you have to drive to different locations, figure out where you’ll start and end your trip. If you need to go to multiple sections in a store, figure out which one you’ll go to first.

Only Get What You Came For

A lot of people leave with impulse purchases when they go Black Friday shopping. If you actually want to stick to your budget, then you have to limit your impulse buys. Sure, that cute pair of shoes is a great steal, but those great steals will eventually add up to more than you budgeted for. Put on your blinders in the checkout lane—you don’t need those fuzzy socks or another candle.

Be Prepared for Alternatives

Some things you planned on buying may already be out of stock, or the store may not have the size or color you want. Have some alternatives in mind for these cases, and try your best to be a flexible shopper. Maybe that TV you wanted is already sold out, but a similar model is still available at a reasonable price.

Practice Patience

Finally, practice patience. Don’t get angry at the checkout assistant, and don’t snap at the person who accidentally hit your heels with their cart. Don’t get frustrated when the item you wanted is out of stock. Keep your mind on the reason for the season.
Woodfield Twitter Woodfield Mall Woodfield Facebook