Surviving Black Friday!

Black Friday is the biggest annual shopping day that happens after Thanksgiving in the US but is recognized by countries across the world, including Canada, Australia, Mexico, and even places in Europe. Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year and is the unofficial start of Christmas shopping for many of us because of all the discounts and promotions.

Nothing makes people crazier than a good deal on some of their favorite items, which is why Black Friday can sometimes feel like a zoo for customers and workers. So, here are some tips on how to survive a busy day at the mall.

If you can do your shopping online, do it. Tons of online retailers are having Black Friday deals, so to avoid the lines and chaos, shop in the comfort of your own home, and if you’re willing to wait till the end of the weekend, there’s also Cyber Monday, which is essentially Black Friday, but online.

But maybe you’re not someone who likes to gamble with online shopping and enjoys being hands-on when shopping for yourself and others. Here are a few tips to avoid feeling overwhelmed and overspending. Make a list of stuff you need, and don’t forget it, as this will avoid shopping for things you don’t need and will save you time and money. Do some research on the best prices so you know when you are getting a deal versus when it may just be a fake promotion. If you want selection, you have to be there early, which means setting an alarm and trying to be one of the first in line. And last but not least, be patient and friendly to the staff and other shoppers.

If you follow all these tips, your Black Friday shopping should hopefully be smooth sailing. Make sure to put in a little thought before you shop, and don’t shop till you drop.

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