Thanksgiving is a wonderful day where you get to slow down and take a break. You get to think about everything you’re thankful for and eat delicious food. Black Friday? Well, that’s a different story altogether.
Black Friday is a day filled with violence and aggression—all in the name of Christmas. People will do almost anything for a good deal—and that all comes to fruition on the day of Black Friday. If you want to stay safe this Black Friday, check out these tips.
Wait at the END of the line.
Yes, good deals are incredible. No, those deals aren’t worth being first in line. You know what happens to people first in line? They get trampled. It’s chaos. Trust me, it’s not worth your time. You might not get the goodie bag that the store is handing out, but you’ll probably still get great deals.
Look for sales BEFORE Thanksgiving.
Black Friday has gotten a really bad name in the last few years. Many stores have opened on Thanksgiving day to start the good deals. This year, many stores committed to staying closed on Thanksgiving day—as a result, a lot of the good deals are starting before Thanksgiving day. Check your favorite stores to see if you can find good deals now.
Head to smaller cities.
If you have several Targets or shopping malls in your area, don’t bother going to the most popular one around. Instead, head to one of the shopping areas in a smaller community. If you only have one, you’re probably out of luck, but it’s always worth trying.
Do your research
Those hordes of ads? Yeah, they’re definitely worth looking through. If you have a plan for where to go and what to buy, you’ll be able to avoid some of the masses of people. Black Friday isn’t the best day to shop around—know what deals you want to check out.
Dress the part
Be prepared to wait outside in lines, but also keep in mind that you don’t want to have to carry around a coat. Yes, it can be a delicate balance between too warm and not warm enough, but it could make-or-break the shopping trip.
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In other news, check out this long list of stores that have committed to staying closed on Thanksgiving. Check it out here.