Goodbye, November. Hello, holiday season!
From the smell of grandma’s pumpkin pie cooking in the oven to the sound of family members chatting and laughing from across the room, Thanksgiving is such a perfect and peaceful beginning to the holiday season. Of course, all of this peace and tranquility can easily be disrupted with the thrill, excitement, and hustle-bustle of the busiest shopping day of the year – Black Friday.
Whether you’re a seasoned Black Friday shopper or someone who’s a holiday shopping novice, the day after Thanksgiving can be such a daunting and stressful time. How do you make sure you get the best deals on all your big holiday purchases? How do you stay organized and on top of things? Most importantly, how can you make sure that shopping time doesn't cut into family time?
Well, no fear! Here’s five tips for making the most of Black Friday - without having to sacrifice quality time with your family.
Plan, Plan, Plan
If you’re serious about taking advantage of some Black Friday savings, then it’s best to start off with a plan of attack. First, make a list of all the people you’ll need to do holiday shopping for. Make sure you check in with family to confirm that you have all of their up-to-date Christmas wishlists. Once that’s done, determine what you’ll be getting each person, and put a star by the items you’ll want to try and get on Black Friday. Do your research ahead of time to determine which deals are hot, and which ones to pass up on. Trust us – the more you plan, the more time you’ll save on the big shopping day!
Shop Pre-Black Friday Sales
Who said the best deals only happened on Black Friday? Now more and more stores and retailers are unveiling their big deals of the season early – in some cases, over a week in advance! So why bother stressing yourself out on Black Friday morning, when you can get a head start on your shopping list well before then! Be sure to keep an eye out for social media announcements and promotional emails and you’ll be the first to know when your favorite brands and retailers are having their pre-Black Friday sales.
Stick to the Schedule
It can be tempting to block out the whole day for Black Friday shopping – going from store to store to find the best deals. But all that can come at the expense of spending quality time with your family, friends, and loved ones. So if you make a schedule – be sure to stick to it! Figure out the top three or five stores you want to hit and make a beeline for the items you want to purchase. Once that’s done, call it a day and get back home to spend the rest of the day chowing down on Turkey Day leftovers with the fam.
Just Say No to Thursday Night Shopping
Speaking of family time, it’s important to make sure your Black Friday shopping doesn’t interfere with the hallowed time of Thanksgiving. Despite more and more stores staying closed on Thanksgiving, there’s still a few major retailers out there that can’t help but open their doors early on the night of the 22nd. If you want to help keep Thanksgiving Day sacred, just say no to Thursday night shopping. Even if your Turkey Day festivities are over by the time the sales begin, it’s best to not give business to the retailers that make their employees come in on Thanksgiving night. So go on and stay home with your family instead. There’s plenty of time for holiday shopping on Black Friday and all throughout the month of December.
Don’t Forget Cyber Monday
Didn’t have time to get everything you needed on Black Friday? No sweat! Cyber Monday is a great way to stock up on some great gifts at an even greater price. Plus, many retailers offer free shipping for orders placed on the 26th, so you won’t have to worry about being overcharged for delivery. So instead of stressing out over all the big deals of Black Friday, sit back, relax and shop those holiday deals from the comfort of your own home. Seriously, is there anything better than that?
Any Black Friday shopping tips we missed? Let us know in the comments below!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Nicole Shoes!