Apartment Living

Your Guide to Black Friday

rebecca - Thursday, November 16, 2017

For many, Thanksgiving is all about spending time with your family, consuming as much food as your stomach will allow, and taking a much-needed nap from all the hard work. However, for more and more people the turkey is fuel for the shopping spree they are going to embark on, known as Black Friday. However, this day of deals is longer contained to just Friday, instead, it has spilled over into Thursday evening, Thursday afternoon, and even Thursday morning. Whether you love the thought of more time to shop or just want to get in and out as quickly as possible, we’ve put together a list of tips to get the most out of Black Friday. Maybe you hate the idea of it all together? Share this with someone who is going to buy you a present 😊

  1. Plan ahead.

Just like most things in life, it is very important to go into the shopping masses prepared. Between figuring out store hours, where the best deals are, and what kind of coupons are available to you, you want to have this all figured out before you step foot into a store. Depending on how many places you plan on hitting, a road map would be a useful tool to get from store to store efficiently.

No matter how great you are at planning, it is hard to predict the lines you will wait in or the amount of time you will spend deciding which shirt would go great with the pants you just bought. Make it a point to go to the stores or the deals you most want first. This way when you are crashing from the lack of sleep you won’t be disappointed you never made it to *insert store here*.

  1. Create a budget.

While it may be hard to anticipate the great deal on those designer shoes you just have to have, it is important to set yourself with at least a rough estimate of the amount of money you plan on spending. Having a limit on your spending will help you decide if you really love something or not. In addition, you won’t go overboard on any one particular person’s gift.

  1. Bring a notebook.

Or just use the Notes on your smartphone, whichever you choose, it is important to keep track of your purchases in one place. Writing down what you bought and who it’s for will not only help you stay within budget, but will remind you who you did and didn’t buy for so you don’t accidentally show up with 20 gifts for your mom and only 1 for dad.

  1. Shop with your friend(s).

Get your holiday shopping done while catching up with your best friend. Not only is shopping with someone else a lot more fun, it’s good to get a second opinion. You’ll be waiting in lines there is no way around it, at least you’ll have someone to do it with.

  1. Split up.

While this seems counterintuitive to the last tip, if it’s crunch time and you are desperate to hit a few more stores, splitting them up between your shopping squad will be a huge help. This way you can get those shoes, that TV, and a new patio set all at once.

  1. Stay in bed.

If the large crowds, crazy deals, and long lines don’t appeal to you, stay home. Plenty of stores have Black Friday Deals online! Although, beware online traffic can move as slow as the line in the store.

Share a #selfie of you out beating the crowds with us on Instagram! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!