November 13, 2010

Tip of the day—Black Friday Survival Kit

Frugalissa Finds will be posting some information on Black Friday deals soon, but I wanted to tell you about a tip that I learned from a friend at work yesterday to help get you excited about the sales.  She said that she and a girlfriend shopped for 20 hours last year, snagging some awesome Black Friday deals.  She suggests that hard core shoppers like she pack a survival kit.  Below are some ideas that I gleaned from her and a few that I’ve added:

  • Waters and drinks
  • Snacks such as granola or protein bars
  • Coupons for area restaurants and stores and any shopper loyalty cards or discount cards like AAA
  • Baby wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Wear comfy shoes and bring an extra pair to stash in the car
  • Cloth bags so that you don’t have to use plastic. 
  • A map of the area so that you can bi-pass high trafficked areas
  • Sunglasses
  • Lotion and chapstick to reduce the affects of cold winds or dry heated air
  • Wear layered clothing and bring a coat, gloves and hat.  My friend said that she starts shopping at 2:30am (if you start at midnight you’ll be stuck in all sorts of traffic and lines), and the temperature at that time is very cold.  Mid-day, though, you might be ready to strip off a few layers.
  • First aid kit—you never know when you’ll be needing band-aids or pain reliever
  • Caffeine—bring your reusable cup so that you can pack a drink with you after leaving a restaurant
  • The newspaper—you might be surprised at how many sales ads include coupons and other discounts
  • Your Christmas list and budget—keep track of what you spend and on whom so that you don’t overspend or overbuy.  It is easy to get caught up in the thrill of the hunt and spend more than you’ve budgeted. 
  • A few candy-canes and a good mood.  I saw a shopper pass out candy-canes to others in line at Gymboree years ago at a Black Friday sale.  I was so impressed.  Bring the spirit of Christmas with you and share it with others.  Since you know you’ll be waiting in line, why not boost others up instead of passing on a grumpy mood?  Be especially kind to the sales clerks—by the time you reach them, they’ve probably dealt with all sorts of rudeness.  Be sure to say, “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Holidays!” or even just a “Please” and “Thank you” will do.

1 comment:

  1. I love this post I have never even gotten to stop black Friday but going to try this year.
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