|Written by Beth Weston|
Intro: Every year it hits like a hurricane .... you find yourself either carried away by the tide of fervent shoppers at 4am, standing in line for hours to enter a store you breezed into just a couple days before and leaving happily with purchases at a much reduced price. That's right ... the "other" national holiday in November ... Black Friday.
Ā Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when stores offer the biggest sales of the year. They open super early and shoppers sometimes even spend the night outside their doors to get that special something for that special price. If you are a newbie to Black Friday madness, this article is for you ...
Step 1: Forget browsing. That's right, on Black Friday, nobody leisurely browses through a store looking for something to catch their eye. They enter the store with a purpose and a definite reason for being there. You think you might like that flat screen TV at 75% off the retail price?Ā Well, just try and see if you can pry it from the hands of someone determined to get it. Know what you to buy before you go shopping.
Step 2: Hey, don't throw that away! You should read through the store circulars that get mailed to you weekly to know what items will be on sale at which stores. You probably throw these circulars away every week without really noticing them but instead, consider them junk mail. Not only do they tell you what is on sale, but they also might offer valuable coupons.
Step 3: Chill out! Ok, so I don't mean that the way it sounds. If you are going to go shopping, you will most likely spend some time - sometimes a lot of time - waiting outside the store for it to open or for the line to move. Be prepared for the weather - it will be cold. Bring some hot cocoa, a warm blanket and a good coat.
Step 4: Two's company ... If possible, bring a friend or family member with you to wait out that long line and go shopping with. It's nice to have someone to talk to when you are stuck for hours.
Tips: Wear warm, comfortable shoes for this shopping spree. Standing on your feet for hours or walking on a store's hard flooring can really make your feet and legs ache. Be prepared and be comfortable.
Warnings: People that religiously shop on Black Friday can be aggressive. Approach them with caution and never, ever corner them with a product they want behind your back.